Sam is a specialist criminal advocate who prosecutes and defends in a wide variety of the most serious of criminal cases, including murder, serious violence, rape and sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty and fraud.
He was initially recognised in Chambers UK as a 'rising star' at the bar and has consistently ranked as a 'leading junior' on the Western Circuit year on year since then. He has a proven track record of success in serious cases and was recently described in Chambers UK 2016 as 'impressive', 'unflappable' and 'a first class-advocate'.
Sam is also a specialist regulatory lawyer and is an established member of the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law; he undertakes both prosecution and defence work in this field.
Consistently ranked in Chambers UK as one of the 'leading juniors' on the Western Circuit in Crime, Sam both prosecutes and defends in a wide variety of the most serious of criminal cases.
As a graded prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service Prosecution Panel, Sam prosecutes cases of all types and categories; he has recently been led as junior counsel in a number of high profile prosecutions and prosecutes cases across the full spectrum of seriousness in his own right.
Sam is also a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List of approved prosecutors and routinely prosecutes cases of this sort.
He is also regularly instructed to defend in cases involving offences of all kinds and at all levels of seriousness including murder and serious violence, rape and sexual offences, drugs supply, arson and fraud.
Sam has also recently conducted Courts Martial work.
Sam has established a loyal client base and is highly rated for his ability to absorb information and identify the key issues in any case, no matter its size or complexity.
Sam is an established regulatory practitioner, his experience extends to both prosecution and defence work. He is instructed in cases of all categories and at all levels of seriousness, from appeals work through to trial and sentencing.
He has been on the list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law for a number of years and is frequently instructed to take on health and safety prosecution work.
He is also routinely instructed privately to defend corporate and individual clients facing prosecution for such offences.
Sam also undertakes work in various other areas of regulatory practice - he is frequently instructed by the Fire and Rescue Authority to prosecute offences concerning breaches of Fire Safety Regulations. He also prosecutes on behalf of the Architects Registration Board and the Welfare, Rural and Health Division of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Sam is regularly instructed to defend alleged regulatory breaches in Environmental Law. He has in the past been instructed in a number of high profile environmental cases.
Sam has a strong background in rugby related matters - a sport about which he is passionate. Having worked on cases relating to both the WRU and RFU, Sam has also developed a deserved reputation in the conduct of disciplinary hearings for clubs and players at, domestic, European and international level. His dedicated and approachable manner, together with his strong team ethic, make him popular with both professional and amateur sportsmen.
Sam was also recently instructed by the British Horseracing Authority to be part of a Review Team (led by Christopher Quinlan Q.C.) to review the structure composition and operation of its Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committees. Sam undertook a discrete but integral part of the review, researching the disciplinary structures in a number of other sporting disciplines. A link to the report can be found here -
Sam is able to accept instructions directly from sports professionals, players, clubs and other sporting bodies.
Sam is instructed to carry out inquest work. He recently acted for the family of a young man who died whilst in the care of the local authority. He also recently acted for the families of two young women who tragically died whilst volunteering in South Africa. Sam has also previous been instructed to represent the interest of witnesses giving evidence at Inquests s well as the interested of organizations appearing as interested parties at Inquests.
Sam is currently instructed to represent one of the Core Participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Junior - Band 3
Focuses on defence work, and is particularly well versed in crimes involving serious violence and sexual offences. He also prosecutes cases, and is highly recommended overall for the strength of his courtroom advocacy. He is further noted for his ability in drugs, dishonesty and fraud cases.
Strengths: "He is a superb advocate, who is highly regarded and destined for a long and very successful career."
Recent work: Acted as defence counsel in a case involving the sexual abuse of a six-year-old wherein, as a result of that sexual offending coming to light, historical sexual offending was disclosed by the defendant's own granddaughter.
Health and Safety
Up and Coming
Acts for both the prosecution and the defence in relation to a wide range of health and safety cases. He is especially well versed in workplace accidents, including fatalities. He is also adept at handling matters concerning environmental and fire safety issues.
Strengths: "Very cool and confident."
Recent work: Instructed to prosecute Babcock DSG for serious health and safety failings in connection with an accident at an MoD base, where a man was trapped between two tanks during a lifting and moving operation, resulting in life-threatening injuries.
‘An excellent advocate and a credit to the Bar.’
Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing
‘Charismatic and persuasive.’
Junior - Band 3
Focuses on defence work, and is particularly well versed in crimes involving serious violence and sexual offences. He also prosecutes cases, and is highly recommended overall for the strength of his courtroom advocacy.
Strengths: "He is one of the most promising advocates I have come across. An excellent tactician, a capable lawyer, first class on paper and one of the most hard-working lawyers I have come across. If I was in trouble, I would go to him."
Recent work: Defended an individual who caused the death of his partner in course of trying to take his own life as part of an alleged suicide pact.
Health and Safety
Up and Coming
Acts for both the prosecution and the defence in relation to a wide range of health and safety cases. He is also adept at handling matters concerning environmental and fire safety issues.
'Experienced in serious cases concerning murder, violence, rape, sexual offences and fraud.'
Junior - Band 3
Has a proven track record of success in handling cases concerning serious violence, drugs and serious sexual offences. He has skill in prosecuting and defending cases of all sizes and levels of complexity.
Strengths: "His ability belies his relatively junior call. His sure-footed advocacy is better than many on the circuit. He is unflappable and has an impressive knack for finding a novel angle."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant charged with a multi-handed, cross-border fraud offence.
Health & Safety
Leading Junior - Up and Coming
Specialises in health and safety and environmental law and represents both the prosecution and the defence.
Recent work: Prosecuted Ashford Homes form improperly assessing risk following an employee being electrocuted and critically injured.
'One of the most promising young counsel around; a first-class advocate'.
Leading Junior (Up and coming Individual)
Prosecutes and defends in a broad range of criminal offences, including in cases concerning serious violence, serious sexual offences and drugs.
Health & Safety
Has a broad practice that includes a niche in health and safety and, in particular, in fire safety. He undertakes both prosecution and defence work. Expertise: "The quality of his advocacy, written work and advice belie his years. He performs and punches above his weight."
'A rising star'.
A new entry in the Chambers rankings, Samuel Jones is highly rated by sources for his personable and charismatic advocacy style. Still a very junior barrister, he has already established a loyal client base.
Expertise: "His ability to absorb information and identify the key issues is impressive, and he also possesses strong preparation and advocacy skills."
Recent work: He recently acted for the first defendant in a large class A drugs conspiracy arising out of Operation Redeye.