Samantha Jones joined 7BR after successful completion of her pupillage in 2014. She has a broad mixed common law practice, with particular expertise in inquests and inquiries, public law, clinical negligence and personal injury, professional discipline and regulatory law and general civil and commercial litigation.
Samantha is currently instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She is developing her public law practice, having been instructed in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Article 2 inquests and Court of Protection and mental health proceedings. She has extensive expertise in clinical negligence, personal injury and regulatory law. Samantha has a particular interest in data protection law and she is keen to provide seminars on the new General Data Protection Regulation.
Samantha is a strong and experienced Court and tribunal advocate.She has a keen focus on client care, negotiation, and costs. Samantha has appeared at all levels from tribunals and the coroner’s court to the High Court on her own on a number of occasions. She regularly drafts advices and pleadings and holds conferences with clients and experts.
Samantha undertakes pro bono work with an interest in special educational needs and disability law. Samantha is regularly instructed on a direct access basis and happy to consider instructions on this basis.
Prior to joining Chambers, Samantha undertook, most notably, a Judicial Assistantship at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
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.
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:
Samantha is currently instructed by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
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.
“All the makings of a star-at-the-bar. Bright, articulate, hardworking and tenacious”
Shahzad Ayub, Solicitor, Pattinson Brewer
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.
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.
“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”.
“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”.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Samantha proved she was very familiar with all of the papers in the case and was able with apparent ease to recall the detail despite the complex and voluminous background.
She remained completely unruffled by events developing during the hearing and gave sage and sensible advice on the approach to take which most assisted the coroner, while also
Providing excellent support to the witnesses. Very knowledgeable as well as pragmatic, an ideal combination. Highly recommended.
Melanie Carew, Head of Legal Services, CAFCASS
Inquest Touching the Death of Ellie Butler (2018) – Samantha represented CAFCASS in a 10-day Inquest before retired High Court Judge, Dame Linda Dobbs, in the death of six year-old Ellie Butler who moved to live with her parents after they were exonerated by Mrs Justice Hogg in 2012. The Inquest considered the failures of the authorities involved in regards to the sharing of information, cooperation and communication.
Inquest Touching the Death of Shanay Walker (2017) – Samantha represented CAFCASS in a 17-day Inquest before Senior Coroner Mairin Casey at Nottingham Coroner’s Court. The Inquest considered the circumstances leading to the death of a 7-year-old girl, Shanay Walker. The Coroner decided not to make a report on Preventing Future Deaths.
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.
Samantha has a wealth of experience in advising and representing families in special educational needs and disability discrimination cases through her pro bono work for the special educational needs charity IPSEA of whom she has been a member since 2013, and in practice. She has appeared in numerous cases before the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and Upper Tribunal in a range of cases from appeals of statements (now EHC plans), to disability discrimination and exclusions. She also appears in mediations, advises clients at the early stages of the litigation and drafts statements of case.
Of note, Samantha recently successfully represented, on a pro bono basis, a parent of a child with special educational needs, in a claim against the Governing Body of Benthal Primary School. The First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) found that the Governing Body discriminated against the child in respect of a two-day fixed exclusion. The Governing Body were ordered to issue apologies, erase the exclusion from the child’s school record and to organise training for staff on the Equality Act 2010.
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.
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