Barrister Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

Year of call: 2012  

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“All the makings of a star-at-the-bar. Bright, articulate, hardworking and tenacious”.

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Overview


Samantha joined 7BR after successful completion of her pupillage in 2014.  She is rapidly developing a broad mixed common law practice, with particular expertise in public law, general civil and commercial litigation including fraud, personal injury and clinical negligence, professional discipline and regulatory law.  Samantha has a particular interest in developing her public law practice, having been instructed in immigration matters, inquests and Court of Protection proceedings. She has expertise in professional healthcare regulation and professional discipline having completed a six-month secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, who regularly instruct her on high-profile and complex cases, and she has appeared before the HCPC, GOC and GDC defending and presenting.

Samantha is regularly instructed on a direct access basis.

Samantha appears in Court on almost a daily basis. She is a strong advocate with a keen eye for negotiation, mediation and costs.  Samantha has appeared in the High Court on her own on a number of occasions and regularly drafts advices and pleadings. Samantha undertakes pro bono work with a particular interest in special educational needs and disability law

Prior to joining Chambers, most notably, Samantha undertook a Judicial Assistantship at the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Education and Awards

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, LLB
  • McGill University, LLM, Distinction
  • BPP Law School, BPTC, Outstanding
  • Denise Pannick Award, Gray’s Inn Scholarship
  • Provost’s Graduate Scholarship, McGill University
  • Best Overall Mooter, London Universities Mooting Shield (2007-8)
Clinical Negligence Personal Injury Employment Commercial Regulatory & Professional Discipline Public Law Crime Complex Fraud

Clinical Negligence


Samantha is fast developing a broad clinical negligence practice. She accepts instructions to represent both claimants and defendants. She is quick to turn around urgent pleadings, and regularly drafts particulars of claim, schedules of loss and agendas for expert meetings. She often advises on liability and quantum and regularly appears in Cost and Case Management Conferences (CCMC) as well as interim applications across the country.

Samantha undertakes work in all areas of clinical negligence. She has experience in claims arising from delayed diagnosis and referral, negligent treatment and failures to provide treatment in cases concerning, for example, orthopaedics, cancer, negligent prescription and administration of medication, negligent cosmetic surgery, pregnancies and fatal injuries.

The development of Samantha’s practice is strengthened by her frequent inquest work, expertise in healthcare regulatory proceedings, a keen eye for costs and her pro bono representation of parents of children with special educational needs and disability in the SEND Tribunal.

Samantha is willing to undertake work on a CFA basis.

Memberships

  • AVMA
  • PIBA
  • APIL

Inquests and Inquiries

Inquests and Inquiries


Samantha has substantial inquest experience representing both families and other interested parties in Article 2 inquests and inquests concerning fatal accidents, clinical negligence, mental health and deaths of children.  She regularly becomes involved at an early stage of proceedings to advise clients on disclosure, procedure and strategy.  Samantha is very familiar with providing advocacy at Pre-Inquest Reviews and Final Hearings and she is happy to attend site visits and client meetings.  She is well versed in procedure and caselaw of the coroner’s jurisdiction.

Most notably, she has been involved in the following inquests:

  • Inquest touching on the death of David Buttriss (2017) – 2-day inquest involving matters of medical negligence and mental health
  • Inquest touching on the death of Carole Sherriffs (2017)  – 3-day inquest involving matters of medical negligence.
  • Inquest touching on the death of Shanay Walker (2017) – 4-week high profile inquest concerning the death of a 7-year old girl while in the care of her paternal Aunt. For news coverage, please click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-3943585
  • Inquest touching on the death of Suzette Mason (2015) – 1-day inquest concerning matters of medical negligence.
  • Inquest touching on the death of David Efemena  (2015) – 5-day high profile Article 2 inquest concerning the death of a RAF cadet while he was sleeping out on a training exercise. For news coverage, please click here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/07/raf-cadet-david-efemena-death-could-not-avoided-inquest-rules

http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/crime-court/expert-says-unlikely-cadet-could-have-been-saved-inquest-hears-1-4221297

Inquiries

Samantha is currently instructed by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

 

 

 

Personal Injury


Samantha has a busy and broad personal injury practice. She accepts instructions to represent both claimants and defendants at all levels of proceedings. She advises on liability and quantum, settles pleadings, and has experience in road traffic accidents, highways act claims, workplace accidents and employers’ liability claims.

Samantha regularly appears in small claims and fast track liability and quantum trials in county courts across the country. She also often appears in interim applications, stage 3 MOJ disposal hearings and cost budgeting hearings.

Samantha is happy to accept instructions on a CFA.

Memberships

  • PIBA
  • APIL

Employment


Samantha is an experienced employment tribunal advocate.

She accepts instructions in all employment matters to undertake advisory work and representation in the Employment Tribunal.

Samantha has experience in a range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and harassment.

Samantha has undertaken a number of multi-day Employment Tribunal hearings, lasting from two to six days.   She has experience in representing multiple claimants in multi-party litigation, for example, she recently represented seven claimants in a six-day hearing.  Samantha also acts in preliminary hearings and interim applications in the Employment Tribunal.  She is happy to accept urgent instructions.  Samantha has been involved in mediations and settlement negotiations. She is experienced in settling ET1s, ET3s and schedules of loss.

During her pupillage, Samantha benefited from the supervision of Tim Walker in his advisory employment law practice.

Employment Cases


Helfet v Make International (2014): Unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claims.  Three day hearing.  Cross-examined seven Respondent witnesses. Both claims succeeded.  Client awarded over £19,000 in compensation.


Client Testimonials:

“Samantha Jones represented us at Employment Tribunal in a case where the claimant, had been on an 15 month mission of vitriol. Samantha’s cool head,  clear thinking and superb use of psychology lead to the claimant withdrawing the claim after only two hours in court. I would thoroughly recommend Samantha, the nightmare I have endured has finally gone away thanks to her”. 

Samantha’s Response:

In this matter, my client instructed me on a direct access basis at the early stages of the case proceeding through the Employment Tribunal. The case illustrates the value of seeking direct access representation early on: the matter was dealt with swiftly before costs became unmanageable and parties became too entrenched. I was pleased to be able to offer my expertise to achieve a positive result for the client and I’m grateful to them for instructing me”.

Commercial


Samantha frequently advises and advocates in commercial litigation matters. She welcomes instructions in all subject matter. In 2015, she was part of a team representing the Government in a multi-million pound commercial arbitration; and in 2016, appeared in a cross-border mediation.  Samantha most frequently advises on breach of contract, interpretation of contracts, credit hire agreements, possession and insolvency matters.  She regularly appears in applications for relief from sanctions, applications for summary judgment and applications for costs.

Samantha is trained in obtaining injunctive relief and is willing to accept last-minute urgent instructions.

During pupillage, she assisted her supervisor, Tim Walker, with three multi-day commercial and chancery high court trials spanning over two months. The trials covered a broad range of commercial matters, including unfair prejudice, breach of fiduciary duties and negligence of agents and company directors, dissolution of a partnership, misrepresentation, breach of trust and dishonest assistance.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline


Samantha is a strong regulatory tribunal advocate who is frequently instructed to prosecute and defend in healthcare regulatory matters.

In 2015, Samantha completed a six month secondment at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), appearing in over 15 multi-day substantive hearings and interim order and review applications.  She continues to be regularly instructed by the NMC in substantive and interim hearings. She has expanded her practice to also prosecute on behalf of the General Optical Council and she has defended in the Health and Care Professions Council.

Samantha has extensive experience in cases concerning the following:

  • misconduct;
  • lack of competence;
  • convictions;
  • health.

Samantha’s practice in this area is strengthened by her clinical negligence and inquest work, in addition to her former position at the HCPC as a Case Presenter and Case Manager.

Memberships

  • ARDL

Regulatory & Professional Discipline Cases


  • HCPC v Helen Winter (2016) – Defended a Clinical Psychologist who previously worked at Kids Company. It was found that she offered drugs to a client outside of working hours, took drugs in her personal time, and further breached boundaries with service users. Registrant avoided being struck off and was given a 12 month Suspension Order.
  • NMC v Butterworth and Billington (2015) – Prosecuted in an 8-day two-hander matter, acting on her own.  Two nurses made numerous and frequent racist remarks on ward and displayed other unprofessional behaviour towards colleagues and in front of patients.  Both were struck off from the NMC register.

Public Law


Samantha advises and represents both Claimants and the Government in immigration law, Court of Protection proceedings and special educational needs and disability law in the SEND Tribunal. She is experienced in representing families and public bodies as she is regularly instructed to appear at multi-day inquests, including Article 2 inquests. She welcomes instructions in all public law areas, inquires and inquest matters.

Samantha undertakes police work including urgent applications in the High Court, disclosure, and advice on privilege. She has worked with police forces across the country while prosecuting for the CPS and undertaking regulatory investigations. She is able to provide urgent advice and representation on a range of matters, including civil claims against the police, current investigations, detention of suspects and potential human rights breaches.

Samantha is a dedicated public law barrister with the following prior experience:

  • LLM in Comparative Human Rights Law, McGill University, Canada.
  • Judicial Assistant at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
  • Internship with JUSTICE.
  • Internship with the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association;
  • Internship with the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies, Uganda, working with death row prisoners.
  • 1 year paralegal position in prison law at a solicitor’s firm prior to starting pupillage. 

Article 2 Inquests

Article 2 Inquests


Inquest Touching the Death of David Efemena (2015) – Samantha represented the family of a RAF cadet in a five-day Article 2 inquest before HM Coroner Nadia Persaud in Walthamstow Coroner’s Court.

Crime


Samantha regularly appears in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court prosecuting and defending in a range of matters, including racially aggravated crimes, robbery, ABH and all driving offences. Samantha regularly attends Crown Courts across the country to appear in preliminary hearings, PTPH and sentencing hearings.

Crime Cases


R v Ricky Miller (2015): Samantha defended a professional footballer acquitted of charges of racially abusing and assaulting a taxi driver.

R v Jones (2014): Defended a charge of theft in a sentencing hearing. Defendant was at serious risk of a custodial sentence for breaching his Suspended Sentence Order. Defendant given a non-custodial sentence.

R v Lawson (2014): Defended a charge of burglary in a sentencing hearing.  Defendant at serious risk of custodial sentence given long offending history.  Defendant given a suspended custodial sentence and community order.

Complex Fraud


Samantha has a particular interest in civil and criminal fraud.  She is currently instructed as junior Counsel in a high profile, multi-jurisdictional investigation by the Bribery & Corruption Division of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).  She is also acting as disclosure counsel for the Attorney General of Jersey in a multi-million pound complex fraud prosecution.  Samantha has particular expertise in reviewing material for disclosure and LPP issues, advising on admissibility matters and working closely with a multi-discipline investigation team.


Associations:

  • Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • London Young Lawyer’s Group
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