Family, Criminal and Civil Barrister
- Year of Call
Sam joined Walnut House as a pupil under the supervision of Hugh Cornford in 2020 and was made a tenant at Walnut House in October 2021. Sam is developing a diverse and varied practice. He prides himself on being approachable with clients and offering pragmatic advice. Prior to commencing pupillage, Sam worked as a paralegal in the family department of a regional law firm.
Sam frequently acts for all parties in care proceedings. He has represented clients in interim removal hearings and in multi-day final hearings including the cross-examination of expert witnesses. He has also represented the local authority and parents in secure accommodation / DOLS hearings.
Sam regularly represents parents, Guardians and wider family members in private law children disputes. He has appeared and represented clients accused of domestic and sexual abuse at fact finding hearings and has secured orders which ensure the safety of vulnerable children and their main carer from an abusive partner, including restrictions on the exercise of parental responsibility.
Sam regularly represents parents who cannot agree on their child arrangements at all stages of the court process. He advocates for a collaborative approach to resolving conflict by identifying the key issues and negotiating an outcome which enables the parents to move forward together for the benefit of their children.
Sam also represents parties who are accused of breaching family court orders in committal proceedings.
Re P – Representation of a parent in a contested interim separation hearing where separation was sought on the ground that the resident parent had alienated the children from their other parent.
Re L – representation of a parent accused of multiple breaches of an undertaking. Made successful legal submissions that the undertaking was unenforceable.
Re W – representation of the primary carer in proceedings brought by the children’s other parent who had been convicted of a serious offence of domestic abuse. Successfully sought an order for no direct or indirect contact, restrictions placed on the other parent’s parental responsibility, and a change of surname.
Re S – representation of parent in private children proceedings who was accused of a campaign of sexual abuse including poisoning by the other parent. The allegations were unanimously dismissed at a finding of fact hearing.
Sam is a level 1 CPS prosecutor and frequently appears on behalf of the CPS in the Crown Court. Sam has been instructed to prosecute more complex trials in the magistrates’ courts including the cross-examination of expert witnesses.
Sam represents defendants in all areas of criminal law in both the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts. He offers realistic advice to clients and communicates in an understandable way for clients with mental health problems and learning difficulties.
R v S – represented a Defendant who had pleaded guilty to a s.20 GBH committed in a group. After representing the Defendant in a contested newton hearing, secured a suspended sentence.
R v G – prosecuted a two day magistrates court trial involving the cross-examination of an expert. The Defendant was convicted of all charges.
R v H – represented a Defendant facing 21 points on his licence. Sam successfully established exceptional hardship and the Defendant was allowed to keep his licence with 21 points.
Sam’s practice also includes the regular advice and representation of local authorities and defendants in quasi-criminal jurisdictions including: Firearms appeals (including with public interest immunity considerations), SHPOs and SROs, ASB Injunctions, Appeals against CPNs, Dog Control Orders, and POCA / Forfeiture proceedings. Sam is happy to offer assistance including with procedural issues and drafting of applications.
Sam also accepts instructions in the civil courts and has represented and/or advised parties in the County Court and in the High Court.
Police v B – successfully applied for account forfeiture (POCA) in relation to thousands of pounds of payments received by the Defendant in an apparent romance fraud.
Y v D – successfully applied to set aside default judgment on behalf of a defendant despite said defendant showing a limited engagement in the proceedings.
Biographical and Other Information
- 2020 – Lincoln’s Inn, Buchanan Prize; 2019-20
- 2019-20: BPTC (Outstanding)
- 2019 – Lincoln’s Inn – Droop Scholar
- 2018 – Ashurst Prize for Outstanding law student (University of Exeter)
- 2015-2018 – LLB – University of Exeter (First Class Honours)
Civil Law team members
Year Of Call : 1987
The main focus is in ancillary relief (financial remedies) for husbands, wives and children, especially where there are trust and/or business assets and farms. Mark cuts through volume of paper to the core and critical issues and is focussed and blunt with his clients and the Court alike.View Profile
Year Of Call : 1994
Hugh has extensive experience acting for Local Authorities, parents, grandparents, Guardians and proposed special guardians in care proceedings, including representing young and vulnerable parents, clients with learning difficulties and clients with chronic health email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2000
Lara has represented both Claimants and Defendants in a variety of matters for over 20 years. She has a wide general civil litigation practice, and has given numerous Continuing Professional Development talks and seminars. She is certified to conduct all aspects of litigation, and therefore is certified to carry out all the legal work that not only barristers do, but also those legal activities usually reserved to firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2005
Emma is a practitioner who accepts instructions in both civil and family law. Personable and approachable to clients, Emma has a practical and down-to-earth style both in conference and in email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2010
Felicity is a common law barrister with an established and varied practice in all aspects of criminal and civil law. Felicity is thorough, practical and robust in her approach, whilst remaining firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2011
Laura is a family barrister with a busy and varied practice acting and advising in public and private law proceedings, applications for injunctive relief and financial remedy proceedings. She is a personable and approachable advocate who prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients. She has studied and worked internationally in France, Brussels, Luxembourg and New Zealand and is a Denning and Eastham Scholar of Lincoln’s Innlaura.email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2019
Evie accepts instructions in both criminal and family law. She regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts where she prosecutes and defends in all stages of proceedings. She also acts for parents in both private and care proceedings from application stage through to contested interim and final hearings.
Since joining Walnut House after successfully completing a twelve-month pupillage in chambers, Evie has continued to enjoy a busy and varied practice. She has been complimented on her pragmatic and personable manner with her firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2020
Sam has developed a diverse practice across Chambers’ family, criminal and civil teams, representing clients throughout the South West. He prides himself on his attention to detail, being approachable and offering pragmatic advice.
Sam completed his pupillage under the supervision of Hugh Cornford and accepted tenancy from Walnut House in October 2021. Furthermore, Sam successfully obtained his public access qualification in October 2022.
Year Of Call : 2021
Zoe recently completed a successful pupillage at Walnut House and as a result was offered a tenancy which she accepted. Prior to pupillage, she worked as a paralegal at a boutique agricultural law firm. During her BPTC, she volunteered as an Appropriate Adult, supporting children in police station interviews, and at Support Through Court, assisting litigants in person with the court process. She has also completed internships assisting a children’s charity with their policy documents, and in the privacy department of an international email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2017
Azzam has a mixed Civil, Criminal and Family practice at Walnut House.View Profile