Sam accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including employment, commercial litigation, insurance, tax and personal injury. He has a busy advocacy and paperwork practice across the High Court, County Court, Employment Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber). 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 qualified to be instructed under the Public Access scheme and does so in appropriate cases. Please contact the Practice Managers for more information if you are interested in instructing Sam on this basis.
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 has experience of advising on the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Sam is adept at handling complex, document-heavy cases either as sole counsel or as part of a team.
Recent instructions include:
Sam has a particular interest in issues arising out of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. He was instructed, along with Bruce Carr QC, to advise LawWorks on issues arising from furloughed employees volunteering under the scheme. The advice was published and is available here. He has also written about the scheme for the Devereux Chambers Blog, Practical Law Employment and Discrimination Blog, and has recorded a podcast on the scheme. As a combined employment and tax practitioner, Sam is well placed to advise on all issues arising out of eligibility for and implementation of the scheme.
Sam is an editor of the ‘Maternity & Pregnancy’ and ‘Sex’ chapters of Discrimination Law published by Bloomsbury Professional, and contributes to the Devereux Employment Law blog and the PLC Practical Law blog. He is a member of ELBA and ELA.
Sam welcomes instructions in all aspects of commercial work. He has a particular interest in claims arising for breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, and professional negligence claims.
Recent instructions have included:
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.
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, including those that raise complex issues of law.
Recent instructions include:
As pupil to Rob Hunter, Sam gained experience of a wide variety of catastrophic injury, clinical negligence and fatal accident claims. Sam has extensive experience in drafting pleadings and schedules of loss in high value claims.
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:
Griffiths v TUI UK Limited  EWHC 2268 (QB): The Court may not depart from uncontroverted expert evidence
What is a 'highway maintainable at public expense'? Court of Appeal clarifies the tests in Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council  EWCA Civ 696
Vicarious liability comes to a sudden stop: A return to principle over policy in WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants  UKSC 12 and Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants  UKSC 13
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 complex issues of quantum
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 has recently worked on an appeal to the Upper Tribunal against a denial of specific disclosure application and been 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.