Sam was the Assistant Coroner for Teesside between February 2009 and August 2016 and consequently has a wealth of experience in examining matters concerning personal injury, health and safety and death. In order to represent a family in his own Teesside jurisdiction, Sam returned his Coronial ‘ticket’ in August 2016. Sam now represents individuals, families, employers and other groups in Coroners’ Courts both locally and nationally. He is regularly involved in dealing with arguments concerning Article 2, juries, scope of inquests and deaths in custody.
Sam undertakes all aspects of prosecution and defence work in the crown courts, courts martial and is regularly involved in cases of violence, historic and contemporary sexual assaults, public disorder and dishonesty offences (including large scale sheep rustling). Sam does shotgun and other administrative appeals and undertakes both private and public criminal work. Sam’s private practice is primarily aimed at regulatory offences, fraud, trade marks, misrepresentations, food and licensing matters. His experience as Assistant Coroner for Teesside brings an additional perspective on Health & Safety and other workplace legislation.
Sam conducts financial proceedings involving unmarried cohabitants as well as divorcing couples. His 20 years expertise as a civil practitioner is invaluable when conducting complex financial remedy and property division cases where knowledge of the appropriate Procedure Rules is essential, combined with the instinct of the ancillary relief practitioner as to what is a “fair settlement”. Sam has had a particular niche practice in variation and enforcement, often arguing issues involving Barder, set-aside and appeals all in the context of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and where applicable, the Civil Procedure Rules.
Having formerly practised in industrial disease litigation (including stress at work), employers’ liability, CICA and fatal accidents for 20 years, Sam still undertakes cases involving sale and supply of goods, general contractual matters and general common law disputes for Direct Access clients. Sam also accepts referrals and Direct Access work in cases involving injunctive relief, committal hearings and regularly advises and drafts statements of case as required.
Civil and Employment
Regulatory and Criminal Litigation
Family & Cohabitation
Assistant Coroner for Teesside
Qualified to undertake Direct Access work
Criminal Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
The Coroners’ Society of England and Wales