Sam has a broad civil practice but is particularly experienced in the areas of personal injury and industrial disease.
Sam is instructed by claimants and defendants at all levels of track and at all stages, from preliminary advices through to trial. He is equally adept at navigating factually complex and witness/document-heavy claims as arguing narrow points of law or procedure. He prides himself on being personable and approachable.
Before joining Chambers, Sam studied law at the University of Durham and undertook the BPTC at Nottingham Law School. He went on to work as a paralegal in a large law firm where he developed an extensive knowledge of the pre-litigation and litigation processes and, in particular, gained a considerable understanding of personal injury practice. Thereafter, he worked as a county court advocate via a large nationwide advocacy agency and has regularly appeared in courts across the country ever since.
Away from the Bar, Sam enjoys walking in the countryside and listening to his collection of 70s rock vinyl. Despite his fondness of the old music medium, Sam has a keen interest in modern technology and, during his BPTC, developed the iPhone application 'Legal Calculator’.
Sam is regularly instructed by claimants and defendants across the full range of personal injury disputes, including: employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability, road traffic collisions, defective premises, product liability and Highways Act claims.
He has a busy trial practice and, in addition, frequently attends interlocutory hearings, drafts pleadings and advises on all issues in conference and in writing.
He also has experience of CICA claims, having advised and represented clients on appeal.
Industrial disease work forms a large part of Sam’s practice.
He has a wealth of experience of noise induced hearing loss claims, having regularly acted for both claimants and defendants since joining Chambers. He is well versed in the central issues of medical causation, breach of duty and limitation. He regularly attends all types of hearing through to trial and, in addition, is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and to advise clients on all issues in conference and in writing.
He also has experience of claims involving work related upper limb disorders and dermatitis.
Sam has acted for families and other properly interested persons, including road traffic insurers and the Care Quality Commission, at pre-inquest reviews and at inquests.
He has appeared at inquests arising out of various circumstances, ranging from road traffic collisions to incidents in care homes and hospitals. He is always cognisant of the fact that, in many cases, inquests may provide the background fact-find for personal injury or clinical negligence proceedings.
Sam is routinely involved in cases arising out of road traffic collisions. As well as being familiar with the usual issues of liability, causation and quantum, he has experience of claims brought against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, fraudulent claims and claims involving insurance issues.
Sam has a busy credit hire practice. He routinely attends trials across the country and, in addition, is instructed to advise on all issues and to attend interlocutory hearings at all stages.
He is well versed in the myriad of issues which arise in credit hire litigation, including: enforceability, need to hire, period of hire, impecuniosity, rates evidence, illegality, offers of alternative vehicles and loss of profit claims.
Costs & Litigation Funding
Costs issues naturally intertwine with Sam’s busy trial practice and he is well versed in all issues including: the disapplication of QOCS, the consequences arising from Part 36, wasted costs, unreasonable conduct and summary assessments.
He is regularly instructed by claimants and defendants to attended CCMCs and to deal with costs budgeting.
He also has experience of arguing points of principle at interlocutory hearings and of conducting detailed assessments for both paying and receiving parties.
- BPTC, Nottingham Law School
- LLB (Hons), Durham University