Sam commenced his mixed common law pupillage in September 2021 under the supervision of Christopher Moran and Christopher Rafferty.
Sam studied Law at Newcastle University, graduating in 2016 before spending a couple of months as a research assistant to Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth. During his time at Newcastle, he won the Senior Mooting Competition and represented the university in a number of external competitions. Following his degree, he received an Advocacy Scholarship from the University of Law and completed his BPTC in 2019, achieving an Outstanding overall. Whilst at the University of Law, Sam won the Plea in Mitigation Competition (Leeds Campus) and finished as a runner-up in the national final of The Lord Slynn of Hadley Moot (UK Environmental Law Association).
Prior to commencing pupillage, Sam worked for a large national law firm as a paralegal in their Employment Team. He was responsible for managing a caseload of complex ET claims, gaining insight and experience across a broad range of employment matters, including claims for unfair dismissal, TUPE dismissals, discrimination, whistleblowing and unlawful deductions from wages. As a result of this work, Sam has experience of advising on settlement, drafting pleadings and witness statements and conducting his own advocacy in the ET.
In addition to his paid work, Sam also has extensive casework experience from his pro bono endeavours, representing clients as part of the Yorkshire Tribunal Advocacy Project. He is also a co-founder and director of Leeds Free Legal Representation (LFLR), a non-profit that provides free legal advice and representation for litigants in person on employment and social security matters.