Samuel Jones

Year of call: 2008

"He delivers advice in a commanding yet tactful manner."
Legal 500 2019

Samuel Samuel

Sam is a specialist 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 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 and Legal 500 as 'impressive' and 'unflappable' (2017), 'a superb first class-advocate' (2018) and as ‘talented beyond his call’ (2019).

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.

Crime

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 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.

RECENT CASES

R v B (2019)
Sam was instructed as Prosecution Counsel in a case involving a series of stranger attacks on lone women walking home at night. Following a thorough police investigation, the defendant was identified and linked to various crimes through DNA evidence. He received a substantial prison sentence.

R v L (2019)
Sam was instructed as Defence Counsel to defend the second defendant in a 12 handed drugs conspiracy. The case involved a sophisticated drugs supply network operating throughout the South West of England. Sam’s careful handling of the evidence resulted in his client receiving a suspended sentence of imprisonment.

R v S (2018)
Sam was instructed as defence junior counsel, to defend in a case involving a very public murder, at Plymouth railway station. The defendant stabbed the victim over 40 times, during rush hour at the train station.

R v S (2018)
Sam was instructed to act as Junior Counsel to defend the first defendant in a five handed child sexual exploitation case. There were multiple counts of rape (on occasion rape involving a number of other defendants on the same occasion) as well as sexual assault and violent assault. Following an eight week trial the defendant was ultimately acquitted of all alleged sexual offending.

R v C (2018)
Sam was instructed as defence Junior Counsel, to defend in a case involving the murder of a woman in the early hours of the morning as she made her way to work. The defendant (who had been in a relationship with the victim) was alleged to have strangled her at a shelter in a local park in Taunton.

R v N (2018)
Sam was instructed as prosecution counsel in a case involving the prosecution of a man for historic sexual offending. The defendant had served a 10-year sentence at the end of the 1990’s for similar offending. In 2018 further complainants came forward alleging further sexual offending at the relevant time. Following various legal challenges to the prosecution being brought, the defendant ultimately pleaded guilty and received a significant sentence of imprisonment.

R v M (2019)
Sam also has a wealth of experience dealing with road traffic matters. He is regularly instructed to defend in cases involving speeding offences and disqualification (including through the ‘totting up’ procedure) and in more serious driving cases. He recently represented a defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He also appears in cases before the Traffic Commissioner, recently representing a Heavy Goods Vehicle Licence holder at a Public Inquiry.

Health & Safety

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. 

In the context of his health and Safety work, Sam is noted for "the quality of his advocacy, written work and advice which belie his years. He performs and punches above his weight". He was ranked in this area for the first time in Chambers and Partners in 2018 where he was described as ‘very cool and confident’ when dealing with cases of this sort.

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. He also undertakes food safety work and acts in cases involving alleged Trading Standards breaches.

RECENT CASES

HSE v G (2019)
Sam was instructed to defend in a high profile HSE prosecution of a car manufacturing company arising out of an incident at one of their plants in South Wales. An employee sustained a serious injury to his hand in a work-related accident.

TBC v S (2019)
Sam was instructed to defend a well-known jeweller company for offences relating to unfair trade practices. Following various legal submissions and a carefully considered basis of plea, the ultimate sentencing court took a proportionate approach to the final financial penalty imposed.

LBC and RKBC v VML
Sam was instructed to defend a large multi-national company in a series of prosecutions arising from street works carried out in various London Boroughs. The offences related to planned construction projects which were undertaken otherwise than in accordance with the regulations.

HSE v G, O and A (2018)
Sam was instructed to prosecute a multi-national company for an accident on site at a plant in Gloucester. As a result of improper risk assessments and Health and Safety regulatory breaches a worker received extensive and life changing burn injuries. The company was ultimately fined £600,000.

R v L (2019)
Sam in frequently instructed by the HSE to prosecute cases involving gas safety. He recently prosecuted a plumber for serious gas safety failings at a property where he conducted unregistered gas work in Cornwall. The case involved a gas leak caused by the defendant which had caused some injury to the occupants of a property where the defendant was conducting pipe work. On conviction he received a prison sentence.

AFA v C, F and Z (2018)
Sam is frequently instructed by the Avon Fire Authority to prosecute breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. He has an established reputation for prosecuting cases of this sort, having done so, consistently and successfully, over the last 5 years. In a recent case Sam prosecuted a business which was fined £94,000 for letting workers sleep overnight at the premises without checking it was safe. In another case the Manager of a Bristol restaurant received a prison sentence for a series of serious fire safety breaches.

Environment

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.

WDA v M and M (2018)
Sam was instructed to defend a family poultry company in Mid Wales in a Welsh Government prosecution involving alleged fraud and breaches of the Eggs and Chicks Regulations.

E.A. v R (2017
Sam was instructed to defend a waste removal company for alleged fly tipping offences relating to dangerous waste removed from a music festival on farm land.

N.S.W. v CW (2016)
Sam was instructed to defend a waste management company alleged to have improperly disposed of mass quantities of waste inappropriately.

E.A. v P (2015)
Sam was instructed to defend a landowner in multi-handed Environment Agency prosecution for waste transfer offences. Other defendants included a Haulage Company and a Company Director. The prosecution case concerned the deposit of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste material on farm land throughout the South West.

Countryside Council for Wales v D
Sam was instructed to defend a farm owner for offences connected with the carrying out of unauthorised works on a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

North Somerset Council v Hill
Sam was instructed to represent a local farmer for environmental and regulatory offences arising out of the keeping of livestock.

Sports Law

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 and women.

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.

He is currently involved in a number of ongoing sports related instructions.

Inquests

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 as well as the interested of organisations appearing as interested parties at Inquests.

INQUIRY

Sam is currently instructed to represent one of the Core Participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Recommendations


CHAMBERS UK 2019

Crime

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.

"Talented beyond his call." "A good tactician."
Recent work: Defended a man accused of a murder at Plymouth Railway Station, where the victim was stabbed over 40 times in view of the public.

Health & Safety

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.
"He's got good judgement and a lot of experience."

Recent work: Instructed to defend a family poultry company in Mid Wales in a Welsh Government prosecution involving alleged fraud and breaches of the Eggs and Chicks Regulations.


LEGAL 500 2019

Crime

A proficient tactician.

Regulatory, health & safety and Licensing

He delivers advice in a commanding yet tactful manner.


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Crime

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.


LEGAL 500 2017

Crime

Leading juniors

‘An excellent advocate and a credit to the Bar.’

Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing 

‘Charismatic and persuasive.’


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Crime

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.


LEGAL 500 2016

Crime

Leading juniors

'Experienced in serious cases concerning murder, violence, rape, sexual offences and fraud.'  


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Crime

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.


LEGAL 500 2015

Crime

Leading juniors

'One of the most promising young counsel around; a first-class advocate'.


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Crime

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."


LEGAL 500 2014

CRIME

Leading juniors

'A rising star'.


CHAMBERS UK 2014

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.

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Crime: Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell

Regulatory & Discipline: Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell

Sport: Lucy Northeast

Appointments

  • Appointed Grade 3 Prosecutor on Crown Prosecution Service Prosecution Panel
  • Appointed member of the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List of approved prosecutors
  • Appointed "A" list prosecutor on Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law List
  • Direct Access qualified

Memberships

  • Amicus - Lawyer's for Justice on Death Row
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • Western Circuit

education

  • BVC, BPP Law School, London
  • LLB, University of Wales, Cardiff