Sam Thomas’ practice encompasses violent and financial crime, inquests and regulatory law.
Advocacy is at the forefront of Sam’s practice, and he regularly appears in the Crown Court to represent defendants and the Crown Prosecution Service. Sam is adept at acting on behalf of those with mental health issues. Recently Sam has represented a defendant with chronic schizophrenia who was accused of robbery, and a mother-of-two accused of stalking her neighbours and driving her car at their children. Sam has an exceptional record of obtaining positive results for his clients whether he appears in the Crown or Magistrates Court.
Sam provides written representations, advice and advocacy to clients facing the prospect of regulatory sanction. His recent instructions include an optometrist accused of fraud, and a healthcare professional found in possession of sexual images involving children.
On a privately funded basis, Sam has acted as a led Junior and a Junior alone in complex confiscation and cash forfeiture hearings.
Sam has acted as Junior Disclosure Counsel for the Solicitor to the Hillsborough Inquest. He has also acted as Independent Disclosure Counsel for investigations by HMRC and the Department of Justice. He is conversant with issues of Data Protection and Legal Professional Privilege in this jurisdiction and abroad.
The appeal of ancillary orders is Sam’s speciality. He has experience in challenging the imposition of driving disqualifications; criminal behaviour orders; sexual harm prevention orders; football banning notices; and restraining orders.
Sam represents and advises professionals and regulators, primarily in the healthcare sector, in respect of disciplinary proceedings and NHS Performers List disputes.
He regularly appears before the General Optical Council in defence of Registrant’s alleged to have committed misconduct including: negligent clinical performance; poor record keeping; inappropriate sexual conduct; and acts of dishonesty. Sam is adept at utilising expert evidence within his written and oral advocacy.
NHS Performers List disputes are a growing area within Sam’s practice. He regularly provides written representations for Performers List Decision Panels (PLDP), and has appeared in person before the PDLP when appropriate. Sam has also represented NHS contractors, both individuals and companies, in relation to alleged breaches of mandatory and additional services contracts.
Sam was seconded to an insurer of healthcare professionals where he provided advice on statutory and regulatory interpretation, judicial review of regulators decisions, and potential appeals.
The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers will publish Sam’s discussion on alternative routes of appeal in their next quarterly news letter. This can be found within the Chambers blog.
Sam regularly contributes to journals in the areas of criminal and regulatory law.
Regulatory Appeals: An Alternative Forum will be released in The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers’ summer (July) publication.
His analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision in R v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester and the impact of the decision on professional regulators, has been adopted into the guidance of several regulators including the Bar Standards Board.