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Year of Call: 2002
LLM (Lond.), King's College London;
Pg Dip Laws, CityUniversity, London.
What others say about Sam
He is recommended as a Band 1 leading junior in Administrative and Public Law by the Chambers & Partners 2011, 2012 and 2013, and recommended for Court of Protection work within the Legal 500 2011 & 2012.
“…One opposing barrister says that "he knows his stuff when it comes to judicial review - I wish he was a worse opponent."” Chambers and Partners UK 2013
“... [he is]..extremely thorough, excellent with clients and a producer of work of outstanding quality”; and has “... has an excellent public law practice that involves handling judicial reviews for central government and other defendants in the areas of community care and human rights generally.”. Chambers and Partners UK 2011“... [he]... is proactive in pushing a case forward and finding the right angles to get the best results," one source declares. Chambers and Partners UK 2012;
“... a seasoned hand at representing both claimants and defendants in judicial review proceedings, where he tackles issues relating to community care, disability discrimination, social welfare and human rights." Chambers and Partners UK 2012; and
He was “... a driving force behind the development of administrative law in the North West generally”, Chambers and Partners UK 2011.
Sam is a leading junior practitioner in public/administrative law and human rights law, regulatory law and information law. Sam represents and advises central and local government, regulators, companies and private individuals on public law, human rights and regulatory law issues.
He has specialism across the board spectrum of public law including:
- social welfare law including community care and health, challenges to failure to assess under s.47 NHSCCA and failure to provide under s.21 NAA; cases involving children and s.17 / s.20; leaving care duties; mental health after-care; disputes between local authorities as to which is responsible; charging for residential accommodation and the CRAG rules. Relevant reported decisions include R v. The Healthy Futures Joint Committee of PCT’s ex p. F & Anor & Others  EWCA 1611 (Admin), Hinds v Liverpool City Council  EWHC 665 (QB), Mrs M Local Government Ombudsman, 22/10/09; R (Eric Hollingworth) v. East Lancashire Primary Care Trust (2007) (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4924484.stm); and R (Johnina Hagel) v. Liverpool City Council (2007) (see http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local- news/2007/07/03/plight-of-helpless-victim-of-stroke-100252-19395221/ );
- education, in which he represents and advises both claimants, defendants and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, in the full range of education matters, and in particular: statutory appeals against decisions of the SENDIST; exclusions and High Court challenges to IAP decisions (including those involving DDA issues); admissions and challenges to IAP decisions. A relevant reported decision includes R (on the application of Cardio-Pito) v. Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education & London Business School  EWHC 203 (Admin).
- human rights (including disability discrimination and the Equality Act duties). A relevant reported decision includes C  EWHC 1539 (Admin);
- mental health/mental capacity, in the Court of Protection and the High Court’s Family Division in cases involving issues of capacity and best interests. His practice covers all types of disputes regarding the social welfare of incapacitated adults and children and medical treatment issues, and is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, families of patients, NHS bodies, local authorities and private care providers. Relevant reported decisions include C  EWHC 1539 (Admin), MB & Others  EWHC 1686 (Fam) and MB  EWHC 2061 (Fam);
- information law covering FOIA, data protection, Article 8 privacy rights and RIPA at the First-Tier Tribunal, and in appeals from that Tribunal. Sam advises and litigates in the data protection field, including in data loss cases. He also has considerable litigation experience of RIPA, including in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal;
- inquest law. Sam acts for families, NHS Trusts and other statutory bodies at inquests including inquests held under Art 2 ECHR investigating deaths in police or prison custody and deaths of detained patients in psychiatric hospitals;
- regulatory including public procurement, professional discipline concerning Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Healthcare Professionals, Financial and Investment Advisors, Police Officers, Solicitors and Sports.
- immigration law for which he acts primarily for the Secretary of State for the Home Department, reported decisions including R (on the application of Kaur) v. SSHD  3565 (Admin), R (on the application of Adetola) v. SSHD  EWHC 3197 (Admin), R (on the application of Akram) v. SSHD  EWHC 3437 (Admin), R (on the application of Ahmed) v. SSHD  EWHC 2779 (Admin), R (on the application of Da Costa) v SSHD  EWHC 2259 (Admin), R (on the application of Alam) v. SSHD  EWHC 1303 (Admin), R (on the application of Mohamed) v. SSHD  EWHC 1244 (Admin), R (on the application of Sanyalou) v. SSHD  EWHC B9 (Admin), R (on the application of Sarwat) v. SSHD  EWHC 2825 (Admin)
- prison law for which he acts primarily for the Secretary of State for Justice and the Parole Board. Relevan reported decisions include R (on the application of Howden) v. SSJ  EWHC 2521 (Admin), R (on the application of McDonagh) v. SSJ  EWHC 369 (Admin), R (on the applicaion of Byran) v. SSJ  EWHC 2507 (Admin), R (on the application of Westwater) v. SSJ  EWHC 2403 (Admin), R (on the application of AS) v. SSJ  EWHC 1315, R (on the application of Boswell) v. The Parole Board & SSJ  EWHC 2049 (Admin), R (on the application of Boswell) v. The Parole Board & SSJ  EWHC 2049 (Admin), R (on the application of Austin) v. Parole Board  EWHC 128 (Admin), R (on the application of Leach) v. Parole Board  EWHC 2470 (Admin), R (on the application of D’Cunha) v. Parole Board  EWHC 128 (Admin), R (on the application of Jacob) v Parole Board  EWHC 2475 (Admin) &  EWHC 3035 (Admin); and
- pro bono work. Sam is the administrator and founding member of the Public Law Pro Bono Scheme, which provides free legal advice on public law matters, including representation at renewal hearings at the Administrative Court in Manchester.
He appears primarily in the High Court, at permission and substantive judicial review applications, the Court of Protection and statutory appeals but also appears in specialist tribunals (e.g. AIT, SENDIST, Care Standards Tribunal, MHRT, Social Security Commissioners), as well as having significant experience in the County and Magistrates’ Courts.
Member of the Attorney General's Regional Panel and undertakes judicial review work for central government;
Member of the Executive Committee of the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA);
Northern Administrative Law Association (NALA), Acting Chair;
Founding member and Chair of the Kings Community Care and Disability Rights Association;
Chairperson of the Legal Aid Working Group and co-chaired the Training Working Group with Rabinder Singh Q.C relating to the Regionalisation of the Administrative Court;
Director of Manchester Public Law Pro-Bono Scheme .
Joint author of “Public Law Online” which is a unique service providing immediate access to authoritative and frequently updated information, focusing on developments in judicial review across a broad range of public law practice areas (see http://www.jordanspubliclaw.co.uk/). For more information see the Online Publications section of our website.
Assistant editor and contributor of the book ‘Judicial Review: Law & Practice’ with Frances Patterson Q.C (Public Law, Law Commissioner) published by Jordans.