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Sam Roake

Sam Roake

Call: 2011

T: 020 7520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

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.

Regulatory Crime/Licensing

He has regularly acted for private clients accused of driving offences (e.g. drink driving) and quasi-criminal matters (e.g. licensing offences).

Discipline & Regulatory Law

Sam has been instructed by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a case presenter in the full range of hearings.

Significant Cases

  • SFO bribery & corruption investigation into former FTSE100 company (ongoing).
  • R v. M & Others (ongoing) – Led junior in investigation into alleged international money laundering conspiracy.
  • R v. M (2016) – Privately instructed for defence in case of former company director accused of multiple VAT frauds.
  • R v. M (2016) – Successfully prosecuted man accused of £50k robbery.
  • Operation Steamroller [2015] – Instructed by SFO Proceeds of Crime Division at confiscation stage re UK’s largest ever Boiler Room fraud.
  • R v. G (2015) – Privately represented former World Champion boxer charged with affray involving serious violence.
  • R v. H (2015) – Defended client accused of conspiracy to import drugs, phones, knife etc. into HMP Wormwood Scrubs.


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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










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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

Professional Appointments and affiliations

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SFO Panel (C)
CPS Panel (1)