Sam is a specialist in fraud and financial crime, with a particular focus on investigations.
He has extensive white collar criminal litigation experience, often in extremely large and complex cases involving multi-jurisdictional issues, and challenges to disclosure and legal professional privilege.
He has provided strategic advice to the SFO in a multibillion dollar bribery & corruption investigation, and to both prosecution and defence in multimillion pound conspiracy to defraud investigations.
Sam adopts a user friendly and is a firm believer in the benefits of working together as a team in a collaborative approach.
He is increasingly instructed in large and complex financial investigations into corporates and individuals, both for prosecution and defence. He is also privately instructed as junior counsel for the defence in an investigation into an alleged international fraud/money laundering conspiracy.
In 2015-2016 he advised a private prosecution firm at the pre-trial stage in an alleged multi-million-pound conspiracy to defraud. He has been instructed by the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime unit (Operation Steamroller, a £70m boiler room fraud and the largest of its kind ever prosecuted in the UK).
In the Crown Court he has recently acted for a former company director accused of VAT fraud, and an individual accused of money laundering offences linked to a large shopping fraud conspiracy. Many of his instructions are on a private basis.
He has worked in overseas jurisdictions and has experience of the Mutual Legal Assistance regime, both as a defender and prosecutor. In addition, he has received formal training in civil litigation & procedure.
He has enjoyed a busy Crown Court practice, acting for both defence and prosecution (as a CPS Panel Advocate). His work has included fraud & dishonesty offences (including POCA), drugs, and serious violence and public disorder.
Sam has been instructed by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a case presenter in the full range of hearings.
BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Oxford
Bar Vocational Course, College of Law
Graduate Diploma in Law, London Metropolitan University
Lord Justice Holker Award, Gray’s Inn
Young Fraud Lawyers Association – Committee Member
South Eastern Circuit Access to Justice Working Group
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
CyberCrime Practitioners Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Criminal Bar Association
SFO Panel (C)
CPS Panel (1)