Sam accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including employment, commercial litigation, insurance, tax, personal injury and clinical negligence. He prides himself on his practical and strategic approach to his advice, and has been praised by clients for his efficient and responsive style.
Before coming to the Bar Sam worked for the Royal British Legion as a War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Adviser.
“Sam is an absolute star barrister. We have been instructing Sam for about two years now. He is very professional, very knowledgeable and very approachable with a great sense of humour. His technical ability is excellent and the advice we receive from him is always spot on. I highly recommend Sam as your next barrister.” - Edson Difrancescantonio, Fletchers Solicitors
"Having instructed Sam on a few matters I find him not only approachable but commercial when providing advice, always taking into account the bigger picture and the best interest of the clients. Sam is excellent in providing clear, concise and thorough advice. As a junior, his approach on complex matters is particularly admired due to his ability to break down issues making written opinions easy to read and follow. I would not only continue to instruct Sam on new matters as he is certainly ahead of his years in experience but would definitely recommend him too." - Meta Panchamia, Taylor Rose MW
Sam has a busy and varied practice in all areas of employment and discrimination law, representing both claimants and respondents in preliminary hearings, final hearings and on appeal. He is regularly instructed on multi-day Employment Tribunal hearings and in civil claims arising out of employment relationships. Sam is adept at handling complex, document-heavy cases either as sole counsel or as part of a team.
Recent work includes:
Sam is an editor of the ‘Maternity & Pregnancy’ and ‘Sex’ chapters of Discrimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional, contributes to the Devereux Employment Law blog and the PLC Practical Law blog and regularly speaks on Devereux Chambers webinars. He is a member of ELBA and ELA.
Sam has a growing practice in high-value commercial disputes beyond his level of call, and has a particular interest in claims arising for breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, and professional negligence claims.
Recent work includes:
Sam is a member of COMBAR.
Sam accepts instructions in all areas of insurance and reinsurance work for both insurers and policyholders, including both general insurance issues and those arising from COVID-19 related issues. Sam assisted the FCA team in the Business Interruption test case litigation (The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others  UKSC 1).
Recent work includes providing assistance in arbitral proceedings relating to a major claim arising out of a contractors’ all-risks policy. During pupillage, Sam also provided assistance to Richard Harrison in R & S Pilling t/a Phoenix Engineering Limited v UK Insurance Limited  UKSC 16. Sam has a particular interest in business interruption insurance and notification issues.
Sam is regularly instructed to advise and represent both claimants and defendants on fast and multi-track claims, and on appeal. Sam has extensive experience in drafting pleadings and schedules of loss in high value claims, and of resisting allegations of fundamental dishonesty brought against claimants. His work spans road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability, highways act clams, travel claims and fatal accidents.
Recent work includes:
Sam provided extensive research support to Rob Weir QC in X v Kuoni Travel Ltd  UKSC 37, both in the Supreme Court and in the forthcoming reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. He is therefore particularly well placed to advise on claims under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
Sam is a regular contributor to the Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal. Recent articles include:
Sam is a member of PIBA.
Sam accepts instructions on behalf of claimants and defendants in all areas of clinical negligence. He is experienced at drafting pleadings in cases raising complex issues of causation requiring multi-disciplinary expert evidence. He is also experienced at advising on the complex issues of causation and quantum that arise in clinical negligence disputes.
Sam contributes to the Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal on a regular basis on matters arising out of clinical negligence claims. Recent articles include:
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX  UKSC 14: Damages are recoverable for foreign commercial surrogacy arrangements.
Sam welcomes instructions on behalf of both taxpayers and the revenue. He is a member of the Attorney General’s ‘Junior juniors’ scheme and works well as part of a larger counsel team.
Recent work includes:
Junior to Chris Stone in an appeal concerning the definition of “exceptional circumstances” in the Statutory Residence Test under Schedule 45 FA 2013.
Junior to Joshua Carey in an appeal concerning a Gilt Strips scheme.
Assisting in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal against a denial of specific disclosure application
Instructed to defend County Court proceedings for the enforcement of sums alleged to be due following the issue of Accelerated Payment Notices.
Sam has spoken on the Devereux Chambers Elevenses webinar series on the Transfer of Assets Abroad, and the Junior Tax webinar series on the Jurisdiction of the FTT.
As pupil to Aparna Nathan QC, he gained extensive experience in a wide range of tax litigation, including Beadle v HMRC  UKUT 0101 (TCC) concerning the FTT’s jurisdiction when considering an appeal against penalty notices for non-payment of Partner Payment Notices.
Sam also gained extensive experience of advisory work including; discovery assessments, business property relief, residence and domicile, interest in possession trusts, HMRC’s information gathering powers under Schedule 36 FA 2008, the reservation of benefit regime and the application of IR35 in a case concerning a high profile actor.
Sam is a member of the RBA.
BA (Hons) Philosophy; Queens’ College, Cambridge
GDL; City University London
BPTC; City University London (Outstanding)
Inner Temple GDL Exhibition Award
Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Award
PIBA, ELA, ELBA, RBA, COMBAR
When time allows, Sam enjoys watching and playing all sport. He has come to terms with the fact he is better at the former than the latter.