Sam has established a busy criminal practice both prosecuting and defending in equal measure. He is known for being tactically astute, quick to think on his feet and meticulous with his case preparation. He continues to receive instructions in a broad range of criminal cases, including those involving offences of dishonesty, drug supply and serious violence. Recent instructions include the prosecution of an aggravated burglary in Bradford involving the theft of significant sums of cash and the defence of a man charged with offences of ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’ and assault against his ex-partner in Sheffield.
Whilst Sam now predominantly receives instructions for matters in the Crown Court, he continues to undertake work in the Magistrates’ Court, particularly where the cases are complex or involve vulnerable defendants. Sam also has notable experience in conducting appeals against conviction and sentence in the Crown Court.
In addition to receiving instructions for general criminal matters, Sam also takes cases for motoring and vehicle related offences. He has successfully argued applications for ‘exceptional hardship’ and ‘special reasons’ both in the Magistrates’ Court and on appeal to the Crown Court.
Sam is noted for his work ethic, attention to detail and ability to quickly grasp complex evidence and legal argument. He understands the importance of early and effective communication with lay and professional clients and he will therefore always be on hand to advise and to reflect on issues and concerns as they arise. Sam takes great pride in delivering for his clients and offering excellent client care; he is known for being approachable and personable and quickly instils confidence with new clientele.
R v MH – prosecuted an aggravated burglary involving the theft of significant sums in cash and electronically held cryptocurrency (Bradford Crown Court (2023)).
R v TM – defended in relation to a six-count indictment alleging ‘controlling and coercive behaviour’, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage (Sheffield Crown Court (2023)).
R v RN – defended a youth charged with robbery and a section 18 assault. This case involved issues of joint enterprise (Youth Court (2023)).
R v SH – represented the Defendant for sentence; possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of Class A and B. This was street dealing and the Defendant had a significant role. Suspended sentence imposed (Leeds Crown Court (2023)).
R v DB – defending in relation to a bladed article offence. The defence was one of ‘good reason’. Defendant acquitted after trial (Kirklees Magistrates’ Court (2022)).
R v EC – defending in relation to a bladed article offence. The defence was one of ‘good reason’. Defendant acquitted after trial (Leeds Magistrates’ Court (2022)).