Sam is the head of the Administrative Law & Local Government Team at Kings Chambers. He has been consistently recommended in this area as a leading specialist and had been a member of the Attorney General Panel of Regional Counsel representing central government for almost a decade in cases of significance. Sam has been recognised as the “driving force behind the development of administrative law” in the regions.
He is a well-known author in this field, a sample of his publications include: (1) 'public law online', and online based legal knowledge database, (2) Patterson & Karim (3rd Edition) 'Judicial Review: Law & Practice', and (3) the chapter on judicial review in Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings.
Sam is also 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.
As a silk his specialist practice includes:
(a) Commercial judicial review and public procurement. His experience includes:
(b) Regulatory and disciplinary. He has experience in:
(c) Employment: advising local government on disciplinary and employment law compliance issues and Equality Act duties. Sam has provided advice on the implementation and proper conduct of disciplinary and capability procedures in relation to senior managers in local government and advised on the lawfulness and application of voluntary severance and early retirement provisions to senior management team members in local government.
(d) Data protection, freedom of information, human rights issues, privacy and breach of confidence. Sam has advised a wide range of public sector and commercial organisations regarding their use of personal information, and relating the implications of sharing confidential personal sensitive information with other public authorities for the prevention of crime and fraud. He has experience of RIPA at the First-Tier Tribunal, and in appeals from that Tribunal, and also appearing in the county court in proceedings under the DPA 1998 for public and private sector data controllers. Sam was recently a keynote speaker on Data Protection Compliance for the European Fraud Network in Brussels.
(e) Immigration, nationality and prison. His extensive experience derives from representing central government for a decade in this in cases of significance (see below).
(f) Community care and health care law. Sam has also advised on: (1) The adequacy of assessments and care plans for the provision of residential care, (2) Good practice in the provision of services to vulnerable adults and children in a residential setting, (3) Health issues in residential care homes, and (4) Demarcation of responsibilities between local authorities, health care providers and other service providers.
Significant reported cases include:
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