Called to the Bar – 1997
- Education: LLB (Hons)
- Assistant Coroner for Teesside
- Pupil Supervisor
- Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association
- The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales
Sam sits regularly as the Assistant Coroner for Teesside and consequently has a wealth of experience in examining matters concerning personal injury, health and safety and death. Sam also represents both individuals and groups in Coroners’ Courts both locally and nationally.
Aside from practising in industrial disease litigation (including stress at work), employers’ liability, CICA and fatal accidents, Sam also undertakes general personal injury work, civil actions against the police, sale and supply of goods, general contractual matters and disputes concerning consumer credit legislation. Furthermore, Sam conducts cases involving injunctive relief and committal hearings and regularly advises and drafts statements of case as required.
Otherwise, Sam undertakes all aspects of criminal work in the crown courts, courts martial and regularly is involved in cases of violence, historic and contemporary sexual assaults, public disorder and dishonesty offences. Sam does shotgun and other administrative appeals. Sam undertakes both private and public prosecution and defence work. Sam’s private practice is primarily aimed at regulatory offences, fraud, trade marks, trade descriptions, food and licensing matters. His experience as Assistant Coroner for Teesside brings an additional perspective on Health & Safety and other workplace legislation.
Family & Cohabitation
Sam conducts financial proceedings involving cohabitants as well as divorcing couples. His expertise as a civil practitioner is invaluable when conducting TOLATA cases where knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules is essential, combined with the instinct of the ancillary relief practitioner as to a “fair settlement”. Sam has a particular niche practice in variation, appeals and enforcement – having almost involved the Queen’s Proctor on one occasion and often arguing issues involving Barder, set-aside and appeals in the context of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and the Civil Procedure Rules.