“Super bright, able to handle vast amounts of information and material, and grasps issues quickly.”
The Legal 500 2022
“She is an exceptionally hard-working barrister and never misses any detail.”
Chambers & Partners 2022
“Very on top of the detail and inspires great confidence.”
The Legal 500 2021
Samantha is a highly regarded multi-disciplinary barrister who practises in personal injury and clinical negligence, public inquiries and inquests, health and safety, construction, commercial, regulatory and public law. She is recognised in the legal directories for her thoroughness, forensic analysis of the evidence and her personable ability to lead and work as a team. Samantha is regularly led by silks in high profile complex matters. She frequently acts as sole counsel. She is instructed by Claimants and Defendants, including individuals, companies, insurers, government departments, local authorities, and quasi-governmental bodies. She is a strong advocate and tactician, benefitting from extensive court and trial experience. Samantha has been appointed to the Treasury Panel of Junior Counsel (C Panel).
Before joining the Bar, Samantha achieved a Distinction in her LLM from McGill University and, most notably, undertook a Judicial Assistantship at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Samantha has a broad clinical negligence practice. She accepts instructions to represent both claimants and defendants. She is quick to turn around urgent pleadings, and regularly drafts particulars of claim, schedules of loss and agendas for expert meetings. She often advises on liability and quantum and she is adept at holding conferences with multiple experts and she regularly appears in Court.
Samantha undertakes work in all areas of clinical negligence. She has experience in claims arising from delayed diagnosis and referral, negligent treatment and failures to provide treatment in cases concerning, for example, orthopaedics, cancer, negligent prescription and administration of medication, negligent cosmetic surgery, pregnancies and fatal injuries, amongst others.
The development of Samantha’s practice is strengthened by her frequent inquest work, expertise in healthcare regulatory proceedings, a keen eye for costs and her pro bono representation of parents of children with special educational needs and disability in the SEND Tribunal.
Samantha is willing to undertake work on a CFA basis.
“Her knowledge of the area is remarkable, and her client care abilities are second to none.” The Legal 500 2022
Samantha has a busy and broad personal injury practice. She accepts instructions to represent both claimants and defendants at all levels of proceedings. She advises on liability and quantum, settles pleadings, and has experience in road traffic accidents, highways act claims, workplace accidents and employers’ liability claims.
Samantha regularly appears in multi and fast track liability and quantum trials in county courts across the country. She also often appears in interim applications, disposal hearings and cost budgeting hearings.
Samantha is happy to accept instructions on a CFA.
“She is incredibly thorough, personable and very good at encouraging the team and keeping everyone on top of their work.” “She is an exceptionally hard-working barrister and never misses any detail.”
Chambers and Partners 2022 (Up and Coming)
“Super bright, able to handle vast amounts of information and material, and grasps issues quickly. Always cuts through to the heart of a matter, is concise and with punchy written work. Works extremely hard and never seems to run out of energy.”
The Legal 500 2022 (Tier 3)
“Very on top of the detail and inspires great confidence.” The Legal 500 2021 (Tier 4)
‘”She is bright, sensible and all her work is characterised by a detailed grasp of the evidence.” The Legal 500 2020
Samantha has substantial inquest experience representing both families and other interested parties in Article 2 inquests and inquests concerning fatal accidents, clinical negligence, mental health and deaths of children.
She regularly becomes involved at an early stage of proceedings to advise clients on disclosure, procedure and strategy. Samantha is very familiar with providing advocacy at Pre-Inquest Reviews and Final Hearings and she is happy to attend site visits and client meetings. She is well versed in procedure and case law of the coroner’s jurisdiction.
Most notably, she has been involved in the following inquests:
Samantha is currently instructed as Lead Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
She was previously instructed by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Samantha is a strong regulatory tribunal advocate who is frequently instructed to prosecute and defend in healthcare regulatory matters.
In 2015, Samantha completed a six month secondment at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), appearing in over 15 multi-day substantive hearings and numerous interim order and review applications. She has expanded her practice to also prosecute on behalf of the General Optical Council and she has defended in the Health and Care Professions Council.
Samantha has extensive experience in cases concerning the following:
Samantha’s practice in this area is strengthened by her clinical negligence and inquest work, in addition to her former position at the HCPC as a Case Presenter and Case Manager.
Regulatory & Professional Discipline Cases:
HCPC v Helen Winter (2016) – Defended a Clinical Psychologist who previously worked at Kids Company. It was found that she offered drugs to a client outside of working hours, took drugs in her personal time, and further breached boundaries with service users. Registrant avoided being struck off and was given a 12 month Suspension Order.
NMC v Butterworth and Billington (2015) – Prosecuted in an 8-day two-hander matter, acting on her own. Two nurses made numerous and frequent racist remarks on ward and displayed other unprofessional behaviour towards colleagues and in front of patients. Both were struck off from the NMC register.
Samantha advises and represents all parties in Court of Protection and mental health matters, immigration law, and Special Educational Needs and Disability law in the SEND Tribunal. She is experienced in representing families and public bodies as she is regularly instructed to appear at multi-day inquests, including Article 2 inquests. She welcomes instructions in all public law areas.
Samantha is a dedicated public law barrister with the following prior experience:
Special educational needs
Samantha has a wealth of experience in advising and representing families in special educational needs and disability discrimination cases through her pro bono work for the special educational needs charity IPSEA, and in practice. She has appeared in numerous cases before the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and Upper Tribunal in a range of cases from appeals of statements (now EHC plans), to disability discrimination and exclusions. She also appears in mediations, advises clients at the early stages of the litigation and drafts statements of case.
Of note, Samantha successfully represented on a pro bono basis, a
parent of a child with special educational needs, in a claim against the Governing Body of Benthal Primary School. The First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) found that the Governing Body discriminated against the child in respect of a two-day fixed exclusion. The Governing Body were ordered to issue apologies, erase the exclusion from the child’s school record and to organise training for staff on the Equality Act 2010.
Samantha accepts instructions in a broad range of commercial litigation matters. Samantha has particular expertise in fire safety, health and safety, professional negligence, and matters concerning the Building Regulations, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Samantha has focussed extensively on these issues while instructed as lead junior counsel to The Grenfell Tower Inquiry, having worked closely with experts and on the cross-examination of some of the Inquiry’s most high-profile witnesses.
Samantha’s most recent commercial experience includes:
Samantha’s commercial practice is complemented by her regulatory and costs expertise.
Samantha possesses a wealth of experience in analysing construction building defects, fire risk assessments and fire safety breaches as a result of her lead role on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, acting as lead junior counsel to the Inquiry led by Richard Millett QC and Andrew Kinnear QC. Samantha has particular expertise in the interplay of active and passive fire protection measures in a building’s fire safety strategy, the work of fire risk assessors, duties of Responsible Persons and health and safety management and compliance. Samantha advises on all aspects of building defects, and health and safety law, including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Building Regulations.
Samantha’s experience in this area is complemented by her personal injury practice, and her regulatory practice, where she offers over five years of experience prosecuting and defending in many of the regulatory tribunals.
Samantha appears regularly in the Court of Protection acting for protected parties, local authorities, families and the Official Solicitor. She has expertise in the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), welfare, property and affairs and capacity disputes. She welcomes instructions in medical treatment cases. Her practice is complemented by her extensive clinical negligence practice and interest in special educational needs. She is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel and the Court of Protection Bar Association.
Samantha has a broad civil litigation practice and public law practice. She is a member of Chambers’ specialist costs team. She frequently advises clients on discreet costs issues in wider litigation, particularly part 36 offers, and she frequently represents Claimants and Defendants at cost budgeting hearings and summary assessments. She is ranked in the Legal 500 as leading junior for Inquests and Inquiries: “She is bright, sensible and all her work is characterised by a detailed grasp of the evidence.”
Samantha has a broad civil litigation practice, having spent her six years of practice frequently acting in small claims trials, applications, fast track trials and multi-day trials in personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial, housing law, inquests, inquiries and employment law. She has appeared in the High Court and the Crown Court as sole counsel and she is frequently led by silks in high-profile cases.
Throughout her career, Samantha has had a keen focus on alternative dispute resolution and settlement. Her particular expertise in personal injury, clinical negligence and costs requires her to frequently advise on settlement and act in joint settlement meetings.
Samantha is ideally placed to act as an Adjudicator and Arbitrator in the 39 Essex Chambers schemes. In April 2020, she received training from some of the world-leading arbitrators in order to develop her ADR practice.
Samantha was one of the youngest members of Chambers ranked in the Legal 500 2019 and described as follows: “She is bright, sensible and all her work is characterised by a detailed grasp of the evidence.”