Sam joined the Civil Liberties Department at ITN Solicitors in August 2021. He trained at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, where he worked for three years on a mixture of Actions Against the Police, Prison Law and Immigration Detention cases. Sam graduated with an LLB from the University of Warwick in 2017 and went on to complete an LLM in Professional Legal Practice at Birmingham City University, graduating in 2018.
Sam has experience acting for clients in civil claims under the Human Rights Act, including against the police for breaches of their obligations to investigate serious sexual offences and failures to protect vulnerable victims and witnesses. Sam also has experience acting for clients who have been unlawfully arrested or detained, including in the context of protests. In addition Sam regularly acts for bereaved families whose loved ones have died in the care and custody of the state, including in the context of police detention, mental health settings and prisons.
Sam has a particular interest in representing clients with mental health difficulties who have experienced problems with the way in which the criminal justice system has cared for and accommodated their mental health concerns.
Sam is a member of the Association of Prison Lawyers, Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, and Young Legal Aid Lawyers. Through his involvement with these organisations Sam regularly contributes to government consultations and inquiries that relate to the state’s obligations to protect and uphold civil liberties. Through his involvement with the Police Action Lawyers Group he made a notable contribution to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry ‘The Macpherson Report: twenty-one years on’, which concluded in 2021 that there are still deep routed racial disparities in policing over twenty years on from the findings of the Inquiry into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.