Sam Stockwell

Called in 2012, Sam is a tenacious and persuasive advocate, who prides himself on meticulous attention to detail in case preparation and excellent client-care skills. This attention to detail and the ability to put clients at ease at an early stage of proceedings means that he is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues and vulnerable witnesses or defendants.

He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, on behalf of the prosecution and defence and has developed a busy practice, conducting cases far beyond his level of call.

As a led junior and junior alone, Sam’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal law, including those of fraud, serious and violent crime, drugs, dishonesty and, unusually for someone of his call, serious and historic sexual offences. Sam has particular experience in white-collar crime, notably bribery & corruption, and is listed as preferred counsel by the Financial Conduct Authority. He is also instructed in areas of quasi-crime including sports law, court martial, regulatory law and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Sam was seconded to the Serious Fraud office in 2017. By reason of his experience in multi-jurisdictional investigations, Sam has an excellent grasp of bribery & corruption law, both pre and post UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As such, he is comfortable with complex financial and factual matters and can advise both companies and individuals across a range of financial regulatory work, from assisting in the drafting and implementation of financial crime policy and compliance programmes to representation in enforcement proceedings brought by regulators and prosecutors.

Prior to joining Chambers, Sam worked at Fulcrum Chambers on the defence of a large and complex bribery & corruption case (SFO v Alstom & Ors). As part of his role, Sam conducted internal investigations in the UK and across Europe, for the purposes of self-reporting to the US DOJ. Sam also worked at the Serious Fraud Office on another large and complex bribery & corruption case (SFO v Rolls-Royce Plc); a domestic and overseas joint investigation brought under pre-Bribery Act charges.

Before embarking on a career at the Bar, Sam worked in both investment and relationship management at the UK’s oldest, family run, private bank; C. Hoare & Co.

Sam draws on his varied experience and applies this to a measured approach both inside and outside of court. A lay client has commented how they were, “…extremely impressed with [Sam’s] advocacy and skill in cross-examination”. Sam has a conscientious approach to lay and professional clients alike and prides himself in his affable manner.

Sam is Direct Access qualified and accepts instructions directly from the public and business alike.

Sam represented the Bar of England and Wales at the Lawyers Cricket World Cup, Brisbane, Australia in 2015/2016.

Financial Crime

R v M (Norwich Crown Court): Sole junior in this 4 week, complex, multi-handed fraud.

Operation Kempston: Instructed LPP counsel by the FCA in this dawn raid relating to charges of insider dealing.

Operation Ballpark: Instructed disclosure junior in this HMRC VAT fraud.

Operation Gillingham: Instructed by the FCA as LPP counsel in this dawn raid relating to charges of market manipulation.

Operation Bude: Instructed by the FCA as independent LPP Counsel.

SFO v X: Disclosure counsel in this pre-charge, bribery & corruption, SFO investigation, involving issues of national security and commercial sensitivity.

HDC v C (Peterborough Crown Court): Private prosecution on behalf of a local authority in respect of Fraud Act charges.


O v R (Court of Appeal, Criminal Division): A fresh evidence appeal against conviction in respect of a single count of possession of a firearm, namely a sawn-off shotgun.

R v D & Others (Snaresbrook Crown Court): Led junior in 5 handed conspiracy to sell firearms. This 6 week trial involved 24,000 pages of prosecution evidence.

R v H & Others (St Albans Crown Court): Led junior in eight handed conspiracy to commit armed robbery. This prosecution, which spanned four weeks, involved over 16,000 pages of prosecution evidence.

R v R (Kingston Crown Court): s.18 GBH involving a bottling in a nightclub. Successful application to discharge the jury after late and prejudicial disclosure by the Crown. An acquittal followed at the retrial, at half time.

R v P (Wolverhampton Crown Court): Armed robbery trial which involved the threatening of taxi drivers with hypodermic syringes, purportedly infected with a life threatening disease.

R v D (Cambridge Crown Court): Instructed counsel in this single charge of Kidnap, involving torture and ransom requests.

R v C (Lincoln Crown Court): Sole junior in this 9 handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

R v A (Harrow Crown Court): The defendant faces charges of s.18 GBH, violent disorder and dangerous driving, where it was said, as part of a violent disorder, he drove a car, at speed, into the ongoing melee. The key piece of CCTV evidence in this case has received some 60,000 views on YouTube.

R v F (Harrow Crown Court): The defendant, having pleaded to a single count of burglary, denied a single count of aggravated burglary. This case involved various weapons and included the discharging of a sawn-off shotgun.

R v S (Woolwich Crown Court): First defendant in a multi-handed s.18 GBH; a gang related stabbing. Involved issues of identification and cell site analysis.

R v G (Norwich Crown Court): Sole junior where the defendant faced a 12 count indictment relating to historic sexual abuse of children in a familial setting, dating back some 25 years. Charges included assault by penetration of a child under 13.

R v D (Manchester Crown Court): Bail granted in attempted murder trial involving the death of a man beaten repeatedly with a baseball bat.

R v B (Cambridge Crown Court): Defendant charged with arson with intent to danger life, having set the bedroom of her partner alight while he slept.

R v L (Luton Crown Court): Indecent images case involving some 250,000 files, a vulnerable defendant and issues as to the accessibility and provenance of said files.

R v B (Isleworth Crown Court): Four-day prosecution of a foreign gang member stealing high-value cars to order.

R v K (Southwark Crown Court): Instructed counsel in this case of blackmail, with demands for £115,000.

R v K (Cambridge Magistrates’ Court): Privately instructed counsel in an affray, resulting in the acquittal of K and the conviction of the co-defendant, represented by counsel some 15 years Sam’s senior.

R v P (St Albans Crown Court): Bomb Hoax in which a number of text messages were sent from the defendant’s phone, yet mental capacity was the primary issue for the consideration of the jury.

R v M&M (Luton Magistrates’ Court): A multi-handed trial involving the cross-examination of two 11-year-old complainants.

R v F (Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court): Dealt with issues of disclosure and mental health in this charge of attempted murder.


Grenfell Inquiry: Instructed by the GLD on behalf of the Home Office, as a participant in the inquiry.

Hatfield and Neilson Inquiry: Instructed by the GLD, on behalf of the MOD, in this inquiry into the death of two soldiers following an explosion inside a Challenger 2 Tank, whilst during training exercises. Sports Law

PTIOs v M (Court of Arbitration for Sport): Professional tennis player’s appeal to CAS of a lifetime ban for match fixing.Regulatory Law

X v SSHD: Instructed by the GLD, on behalf of the SSHD, to review material generated by MI5, relating to terrorism.

MOJ v X: Instructed by the GLD in this matter involving a claim brought by a CHIS, against the MOJ, following covert operations in prison.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council v H (St Albans Magistrates’ Court): Privately instructed counsel in prosecution brought under the Food and Safety Hygiene Regulations.

Court Martial

SPA v LCpl Q (Bulford MCC): Appeal against punishment which resulted in reduction in the sentence of detention by 30%.

SPA v LCpl B (Colchester MCC): Successful appeal against punishment whereby the Lance Corporal received a of reduction in rank, having broken into the officers’ mess in Limasol, Cyprus.


BPTC – Very Competent

LLB Law (Hons) 2:1


FCA Preferred Counsel List

SFO Disclosure Counsel Panel

CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor

Government Legal Service ‘Junior Junior’

Middle Temple Pupillage Grant Recipient 2016

Graded ‘Outstanding’ in criminal advocacy, BPTC, 2012

Recipient of the Longman Law (Pearson Education) Award, 2011

Professional Memberships

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Middle Temple Young Barristers Association

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association