Barrister | Mediator
Year of call: 2000
“Sam’s advice was very good, comprehensive , on point and very thorough – he was also available for discussion as needed. I will use him again.”
Having a background in corporate and commercial law, Sam is now developing a practice specialising solely in work relating to the Court of Protection. He is based in the South West and is happy to travel. Clients describe him as friendly, approachable and very thorough.
He is able to take instructions on the range of Court of Protection matters and can give advice and appear at all types of hearing in respect of the two broad areas of Court of Protection work:
• Property and Affairs; financial interests extending to gifts, wills, Deputies
• Health and Welfare; living arrangements and medical treatment including decisions relating to residence, care, family contact, deprivation of liberty safeguards.
Sam accepts instructions from solicitors, via intermediaries, and is able to take cases directly under the Direct Access scheme.
Instructions will usually come from a family member, the Official Solicitor, professional Relevant Person’s Representative or other litigation friend, local authority or healthcare body.
He brings a variety of real world experience to his CoP work including work internationally in finance and corporate law and a previous career as a broadcast journalist. He also has a Masters degree in Political Theory. His approach is conciliatory, aimed at securing the best outcome and best decision in the case. He is also an accredited mediator.
Sam is a member of the Court of Protection Group and able to work closely with other members of chambers in a range of related matters such as Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Family, and Trust law.
Outside Chambers work Sam enjoys mountain biking, dinghy sailing and travel, particularly to Japan. He has a keen interest in photography and reads avidly.