Sam Stockwell

Called in 2012

About Sam Stockwell

Called in 2012, Sam became a member of Chambers following the successful completion of pupillage. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, on behalf of the prosecution and defence.

As a led junior and junior alone, Sam’s practice covers all areas of criminal law including fraud, serious and violent crime, public order offences, dishonesty offence, drug offences and motoring offences. Sam has particular experience in white-collar crime, notably bribery & corruption. Sam has also been instructed in areas of quasi-crime including court martial, sports law, regulatory law, immigration 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 as a paralegal 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 as an HEO Paralegal 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. Sam worked on Mutual Legal Assistance on this blockbuster case.

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



BPTC – Very Competent

LLB Law (Hons) 2:1


CPS – Grade 1 Prosecutor 2016

Government Legal Service ‘Junior Junior’ Scheme 2016

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


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

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 (Manchester Crown Court): Bail granted in attempted murder trial.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

R v Y (Southwark Crown Court) The Defendant, charged with a benefit fraud to the value of £37,000, was sentenced to 9 months’ imprisonment, which was successfully suspended, for 2 years.

R v A & Ors. (St Albans Crown Court): The Defendant, charged with s.20, was successfully distinguished against the other defendants as being less culpable. Whilst all defendants were guilty in law, under the operation of joint enterprise, the Defendant, on the complainant’s own evidence, didn’t administer any kicks or punches. He was sentenced to a 15 months DTO, suspended for 2 years.

R v C (Wood Green Crown Court): The Defendant, charged with possession of false identity documents with intent and fraud by false misrepresentation, received a term of 6 months’ imprisonment.