Samuel Jones

Year of call: 2008

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

Samuel Samuel

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.

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 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.

RECENT CASES

  • R v M (2015 and 2016) - Sam was instructed as defence junior counsel to defend the oldest man to ever face trial in England & Wales. The defendant (97 years old) stood trial over a series of trials for alleged historic sexual offending, all of which resulted in acquittals. The case was ultimately stayed following a successful defence abuse of process application. The case is also a reported case having been considered by the Court of Appeal (at an interlocutory stage) [2015] EWCA 1928.
  • R v BS (2016) - Sam was instructed as defence counsel to defend in a in a multi-handed prosecution involving the targeting by an organised crime group of various ATM machines throughout South Wales. The case involved a number of other alleged offences, including aggravated burglary and conspiracy to cause explosions across the South West.
  • R v JC (2015) - Sam was instructed as defence junior counsel (led by Richard Smith Q.C.) to defend in a murder case involving the death of an 18 year old girl in supported living accommodation. The issue in the case concerned diminished responsibility and involved a detailed analysis of psychiatric expert evidence. There was also complex legal argument relating to Bad Character.
  • R v MW (2015) - Sam was instructed to act as prosecution counsel in a case involving serious of violence. Such were the extend of the injuries caused to the complainant in this case the initial charge was Attempted Murder. Sam was engaged early by the CPS as the successful prosecution depended significantly on vulnerable witnesses. There were also complicated issues concerning the admissibility of forensic blood splatter evidence. The defendant was convicted and received an extended sentence of imprisonment (the judge assessing him as dangerous).
  • R v B, B, F and T (2016) - Sam was instructed as prosecution counsel in a case involving the prosecution of a drugs conspiracy arising out of the operation of an organised crime group smuggling drugs into prison. The case was built on a series of recorded prison telephone conversations and forensic evidence. The case resulted in convictions and prison sentences in respect of all defendants.

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. 

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.

RECENT CASES

  • HSE v Concrete Fabrication Limited (2016) -Sam was instructed to prosecute a concrete fabrication company for health and safety failings which resulted in serious injuries being sustained by one of the company's employees (the worker's arm and ear were torn off during the course if an accident at work). The case resulted in the imposition of a fine in the sum of £100,000. Bristol Evening Post July 28th 2016
  • HSE v Tata Steel (2015) - Sam was instructed to prosecute the global steel giant Tata after three employees suffered serious burns when tonnes of molten metal spilled onto the factory floor and ignited at its Pot Talbot Factory. The case resulted in the imposition of a fine in the sum of £200,000. HSE Press release 16th Feb 2015
  • HSE v Ashford Homes (2014) - Sam was instructed to prosecute a construction company for an accident on a construction site in Swindon. As result of improper risk assessments works were allowed to take place under Over Head Power Cables. As a result of Health and Safety regulatory breaches there was contact between one of the over head power cables and a Crain operating in close proximity to those cables. The result was to send 11,000KW of electricity through an employee who was assisting with the lifting operation. The result was life threatening injuries. The company was fined £20,000. BBC Website 26th Nov 2014
  •  AFA v C, F and Z (2016) -  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. Bristol Evening Post 26th Oct 2016 , Businesses fined £94 000 for letting workers sleep overnight without checking it was safe  Bristol Evening Post 15th Sept 2016 ; Manager of Bristol restaurant in court after duck fire in kitchen exposes disabled detectors  Bristol Evening Post 6th July 2015  - Student landlord jailed for breaches of fire safety at Bristol flats

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.

  • E.A. v R (2016) - 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 (2015) - 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 Mc D - Sam was instructed to defendant 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.

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.

 

 

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 s well as the interested of organizations 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.

 

Recommendations


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 "C" 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