Overview


Samuel Magee is a specialist practitioner with extensive experience in high profile criminal law, white-collar fraud, inquest and tribunal work.

Whilst instructed across the board, he has specific expertise in ‘heavyweight’ crime with conduct of cases of murder, firearms offences, drug importation, serious fraud and money laundering offences.

Samuel is consistently ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leader in his field. He is highly sought after across the UK, practising not only in England & Wales but also in Northern Ireland, where he is a member of the Bar Library.

Samuel is a public access qualified barrister, which means in certain cases he can be instructed without the need first to instruct a solicitor.

Appeals


Sam is regularly instructed before the Court of Appeal of England & Wales and the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland as leading junior, junior alone as well as led junior. He is instructed on behalf of unrepresented Appellants by the Registrar of Appeals in England & Wales.

Cases

R v McDonald [2015] NICA 21: Appeared for the Respondent in appeal against conviction for multiple counts of rape and historic sexual offences involving issues of inconsistent verdicts. Appeal also against sentence in respect of imposition of discretionary life sentence.

R v McKeown [2016] NICA 24: Appeared for the Respondent in appeal against sentence in respect of causing grievous bodily injury by driving without due care and attention.

R v Braniff [2016] NICA 9: Appeared for the Respondent in the guideline judgment on environmental offences in Northern Ireland.

R v Nabi [2015] NICA 11: Appeared for the Respondent in appeal against conviction for rape having successfully relied upon a previous acquittal as bad character evidence in order to rebut an innocent explanation presented by the Defendant.

R v Hedley [2015] NICA 45: Appeared for the Respondent in appeal against sentence for burlary and associated offences. Guideline case in respect of credit for guilty plea in expedited cases in Northern Ireland.

R v Hamilton [2015] NICA 15: Appeared for the Respondent in appeal against sentence for fraud by false representation. Guideline case in respect of the application of Combination Orders and their use in offences of dishonesty.

R v Foster 19/01/15 NICA: Appeared for the Respondent in appeal against sentence for manslaughter.

R v McAughey & Smyth [2014] NICA 61: Appeared for the Respondent in the guideline judgment on sentencing for burglary in Northern Ireland.

R v H [2009] EWCA Crim 126: Appeal against sentence for burglary following judgment in R v Saw.

R v K & K [2007] Crim 54: Prosecutor’s appeal against terminatory ruling.

R v Idoko [2006] EWCA Crim 117: Appeal against sentence for robbery.

Confiscation


Sam is experienced in the complex area of confiscation both under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. He is instructed regularly to deal specifically with applications for the confiscation of assets both in England & Wales and in Northern Ireland.

Coroners Inquests


Sam has experience of appearing on behalf of interested parties at Coroner’s Inquests.

Sam’s experience in the cross-examination of expert witnesses including state and deputy state pathologists proves invaluable in the conduct of such work.

Cases of this nature do not always require the instruction of a solicitor. Samuel is a public access qualified barrister. Please contact our clerks room should you wish to instruct him in a case of this nature.

Crime


Whilst instructed across the board, Sam has specific expertise in ‘heavyweight’ crime with conduct of cases of murder, firearms offences, sham marriages, corporate homicide and drug importation. Of note, Sam was instructed for the Defendant in the ‘Midsomer Murder’ trial, acted for the principal defendant charged with the murder of his four year old stepson and led by Michael Wolkind QC of these Chambers, assisted in securing the acquittal of a defendant charged with the gang-style murder of a male during the course of a racist attack. As prosecution counsel he has prosecuted those charged with murder following planned and spontaneous assaults. He regularly prosecutes those charged with causing death as a consequence of dangerous and careless driving.

Sam Magee has represented and prosecuted individuals charged with multiple counts of distraction burglary, conspiracy to supply wholesale quantities of prohibited drugs and the use and supply of handguns and all manner of prohibited weapons. Sam successfully defended a principal defendant charged in a conspiracy concerning the wholesale supply of cocaine from London to the West Country; all other major alleged conspirators were convicted.

Sam’s experience in complex fraud has seen him act in the most high profile cases. He has specific expertise of Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud, Construction Industry Scheme fraud, Insider Dealing and money laundering offences.

Sam Magee regularly prosecutes and defends in both recent and historic sexual offence cases. He has recently represented a defendant charged with multiple sexual offences upon multiple independent complainants with complex issues of cross-admissibility in the context of bad character evidence.

Much of the time, Magee defends in high profile, privately funded, criminal cases across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With a heavy focus on homicide, complex fraud and serious sexual offending allegations, Sam is an extremely active junior, known for his fearless approach.

CASES

R v D (Belfast Crown Court) (2017): Prosecuting male charged with murder of family member.
R v G (Exeter Crown Court) (2017): Defending a male charged with multiple counts of sexual assault upon five children whilst employed as an au pair.
R v B (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2017): Defended a male charged with environmental offences following the operation of a large scale dumping site.
R v B (Belfast Crown Court) (2016): Prosecuted a male charged with murder following knife attack.
R v Z (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2016): Prosecuted mother charged with the attempted murder of her children
R v P (Craigavon Crown Court) (2016): Defended School Principal charged with fraud in connection with school and authority funds.
R v C and others (Belfast Crown Court (2016): Prosecuted multiple defendants in fuel laundering conspiracy.
R v M (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2016): Prosecuted GP charged with clinical trial fraud. First successful prosecution of its type in the United Kingdom.
R v N (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2015): Prosecuted taxi driver charged with rape of passenger
R v N and others (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2015): Prosecuted multiple defendants involved in sham marriage conspiracy.
R v S (Dungannon Crown Court) (2014): Defendant man charged with multiple sexual offences upon his partner’s young brother.
R v O (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2014): Prosecuted male charged with multiple sexual offences upon multiple family memebrs over a twenty year period.
R v F (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2013): Prosecuted male charged with murder following violent street attack.
R v M (Liverpool Crown Court) (2013): Successfully defended a male charged with the alleged football gang murder of male on the streets of Liverpool.
R v C (Preston Crown Court) (2013): Defended and secured the acquittal of the principal Defendant charged with one of the largest alleged inward diversion frauds prosecuted in the UK.
R v L (Cambridge Crown Court) (2012): Defended male charged with murder of his four year old step-son.
R v P (Blackfriars Crown Court) (2012): Defended the principal Defendant in the Vantis Fraud prosecution. The case concerned a multi-million pound share scheme fraud and allegations of large scale money laundering.
R v M (Southwark Crown Court) (2012): Defended the principal Defendant charged with running a global secondary ticket marketing fraud upon The All England Tennis Club.
R v F (Oxford Crown Court) (2011): Defended a Financial Director in the Torex Retail Fraud prosecution.
R v C (Ipswich Crown Court) (2011): Secured the acquittal of Defendant charged in connection with a Spanish Boiler Room Fraud.
R v A (Reading Crown Court) (2010): Defended law student charged in relation to the murder of his father who was discovered buried in the grounds of the family home.
R v O (Central Criminal Court) (2008): Successfully defended male charged in connection with a violent assault upon a male outside a pub in Greater London
R v Z & Another (Southwark Crown Court) (2006): Defended individual charged in connection with the largest postal fraud ever prosecuted in the UK.

Defence


Much of the time, Magee defends in high profile, privately funded, criminal cases across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With a heavy focus on homicide, complex fraud and serious sexual offending allegations, Sam is an extremely active junior, known for his fearless approach.

Cases

R v G (Exeter Crown Court) (2017): Defending a male charged with multiple counts of sexual assault upon five children whilst employed as an au pair.

R v B (Downpatrick Crown Court) (2017): Defended a male charged with environmental offences following the operation of a large scale dumping site.

R v P (Craigavon Crown Court) (2016): Defended School Principal charged with fraud in connection with school and authority funds.

R v S (Dungannon Crown Court) (2014): Defendant man charged with multiple sexual offences upon his partner’s young brother.

R v M (Liverpool Crown Court) (2013): Defended a male charged with the alleged football gang murder of male on the streets of Liverpool.

R v C (Preston Crown Court) (2013): Defended the principal Defendant charged with one of the largest alleged inward diversion frauds prosecuted in the UK.

R v L (Cambridge Crown Court) (2012): Defended male charged with murder of his four year old step-son.

R v P (Blackfriars Crown Court) (2012): Defended the principal Defendant in the Vantis Fraud prosecution. The case concerned a multi-million pound share scheme fraud and allegations of large scale money laundering.

R v M (Southwark Crown Court) (2012): Defended the principal Defendant charged with running a global secondary ticket marketing fraud upon The All England Tennis Club.

R v F (Oxford Crown Court) (2011): Defended a Financial Director in the Torex Retail Fraud prosecution.

R v C (Ipswich Crown Court) (2011): Defended a male charged in connection with a Spanish Boiler Room Fraud.

R v A (Reading Crown Court) (2010): Defended law student charged in relation to the murder of his father who was discovered buried in the grounds of the family home.

R v O (Central Criminal Court) (2008): Defended male charged in connection with a violent assault upon a male outside a pub in Greater London

R v Z & Another (Southwark Crown Court) (2006): Defended individual charged in connection with the largest postal fraud ever prosecuted in the UK.

Fraud


Sam’s extensive expertise in white collar fraud as a led junior has led to him emerging as a leader in the area in his own right. Magee has been instructed in the most high profile frauds prosecuted in recent times including the Torex Retail Fraud (R v F, Oxford Crown Court), the multi-million pound ‘Vantis’ fraud (R v P, Blackfriars Crown Court) and together with Jamas Hodivala of Chambers secured the acquittal of a Defendant charged with one of the largest inward diversion frauds ever charged in the UK (R v C, Preston Crown Court).

Sam successfully defended the principal defendant charged with an alleged worldwide secondary ticket market fraud against The All England Tennis Club (Wimbledon Championships). He successfully applied to have charges dismissed against an individual charged with a nationwide mobile telephone fraud against Phones4U; it was Magee’s application that led to all charges being dismissed against all defendants. Sam is currently instructed in a number of money laundering, MTIC fraud and VAT fraud prosecutions.

Cases

  • R v P (Blackfriars Crown Court): Defended the principal Defendant in the Vantis Fraud prosecution. The case concerned a multi-million pound share scheme fraud and allegations of large scale money laundering.
  • R v F (Oxford Crown Court): Defended a Financial Director in the Torex Retail Fraud prosecution.
  • R v M (Southwark Crown Court): Defended the principal Defendant charged with running a global secondary ticket marketing fraud upon The All England Tennis Club.
  • R v C (Preston Crown Court): Defended and secured the acquittal of the principal Defendant charged with one of the largest alleged inward diversion frauds prosecuted in the UK.
  • R v W & M (Northern Ireland): Instructed to prosecute a travel agency fraud whereby customers were defrauded out of thousands of pounds and stranded in foreign destinations.
  • R v Z and another (Southwark Crown Court): Defended individual charged in connection with the largest postal fraud ever prosecuted in the UK.
  • R v C (Ipswich Crown Court): Secured the acquittal of Defendant charged in connection with a Spanish Boiler Room Fraud.

Health & Safety


Sam is regarded as one of only a handful of specialist counsel in Northern Ireland with widespread experience in defending health and safety prosecutions; as a consequence of his cross-jurisdictional practise, Magee has unrivalled experience in this emerging area of law.

Sam has been instructed in cases of Corporate Manslaughter as well as other serious injury health and safety prosecutions. He has acted for multi-national corporations in all manner of regulatory offending including food standards work.

Cases of this nature do not always require the instruction of a solicitor. Samuel is a public access qualified barrister. Please contact our clerks room should you wish to instruct him in a case of this nature.

Cases

R v AG (2016): Instructed to represent a global company charged with food standards offences across a range of outlets in a prominent, high turnover site.
R v Bell (2015): instructed to prosecute a company charged in connection with the serious injury of an employee
R v MB (2014): Instructed to represent a nationwide company charged in connection with the serious injury of an employee
R v Murray (2013): Instructed to prosecute a company charged in connection with the death of their employee.
R v WW (2012): Instructed to prosecute a company charged in connection
with the serious injury of their employee during the course of his employment.

Military Law


Sam has experience of representing members of our Armed Forces at Courts Martial both within the United Kingdom and when on active service abroad.

Murder & Manslaughter


Sam is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute in the cases of homicide. He is one of only a handful of barristers with direct experience of bringing a successful prosecution on a count of corporate manslaughter. Magee attracts high profile lay clients charged with homicide offences playing a central role at trial, particularly in the interrogation of pathology and other expert evidence.

Cases

R v K (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with murder of ex-wife’s partner
R v D (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with murder of his father.
R v A (Northern Ireland) (2016): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with the murder of his mother
R v Z (Northern Ireland) (2015): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with the attempted murder of her child.
R v B (Northern Ireland) (2014): Instructed to prosecuted Defendant charged with murder following knife attack.
R v F (Northern Ireland) 2013): Instructed to prosecute a Defendant charged in connection with a violent assault upon a male outside a nightclub.
R v Murray (Northern Ireland) (2013): Instructed to prosecute a company charged in connection with the death of their employee.
R v M (Liverpool Crown Court) (2013): Successfully defended a male charged with the alleged football gang murder of male on the streets of Liverpool.
R v L (Cambridge Crown Court) (2012): Defended male charged with murder of his four year old step-son.
 R v A (Reading Crown Court) (2010): Defended law student charged in relation to the murder of his father who was discovered buried in the grounds of the family home.
R v O (Central Criminal Court) (2008): Successfully defended male charged in connection with a violent assault upon a male outside a pub in Greater London.

Professional Discipline


Sam is instructed in a range of Professional Discipline matters, both via solicitors and through the direct access scheme. Sam has specific expertise in medical professional tribunals and tax/accounting professional tribunals. Sam is also instructed on behalf of the professional conduct committee of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland to deal with contested disciplinary matters.

Prosecution


Sam is approved to prosecute cases before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal for the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland.  He has conduct of all manner of cases including murder, manslaughter, serious sexual offences, complex fraud and drugs importation and production offences. He is regularly instructed in cases investigated by HMRC.

Cases

R v K (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with murder of ex-wife’s partner
R v D (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with murder of his father.
R v M (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with tiger kidnapping.
R v D & Others (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute multi-handed case involving complex multi-million pound VAT and Corporation tax fraud.
R v A (Northern Ireland) (2016): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with the murder of his mother.
R v C & Others (Northern Ireland) (2016): Instructed to prosecute multiple defendants in fuel laundering conspiracy.
R v Z (Northern Ireland) (2015): Instructed to prosecute Defendant charged with the attempted murder of her child.
R v B (Northern Ireland) (2014): Instructed to prosecuted Defendant charged with murder following knife attack.

R v F (Northern Ireland) 2013): Instructed to prosecute a Defendant charged with murder in connection with a violent assault upon a male outside a nightclub.

R v Murray (Northern Ireland) (2013): Instructed to prosecute a company charged in connection with the death of their employee.

R v W & M (Northern Ireland) (2013): Instructed to prosecute a travel agency fraud whereby customers were defrauded out of thousands of pounds and stranded in foreign destinations

R v O (Northern Ireland) (2014): Instructed to prosecute a male charged in relation to the historical sexual abuse of multiple family members over a 20 year period.

R v N (Northern Ireland) (2013): Instructed to prosecute a taxi driver charged with the rape of his passenger.

R v H (Northern Ireland) (2013): Instructed to prosecute a male charged with the gratuitous sexual assault of a child at his home.

Serious Sexual Offences


Sam is regularly instructed in the defence of and to prosecute the most serious allegations of sexual abuse. Sam has in-depth experience of all manner of sexual offence prosecutions. He is regularly privately instructed to represent Defendants charged in connection with allegations of rape, sexual and indecent assault as well as cases involving extreme and indecent images.

Cases

R v G (Exeter Crown Court) (2017): Instructed to defend man charged with multiple sexual offences on young boys whom he cared for whilst employed as an au pair.
R v J (Northern Ireland) (2017): Instructed to prosecute man charged with second set of three sets of historic sexual offences on children.
R v W (Northern Ireland) (2016): Instructed in trial and appeal of man charged with historic sexual and physical abuse of his seven children.
R v M (Northern Ireland) (2015): Instructed to prosecute man charged with multiple historic allegations of rape and other sexual abuse.
R v O (Northern Ireland) (2014): Successfully prosecuted a male charged in relation to the historical sexual abuse of multiple family members over a 20 year period.
R v S (Northern Ireland) (2014): Successfully defended a male who was alleged to have sexually abused his partner’s younger brother over a course of years.
R v N (Northern Ireland) (2013): Successfully prosecuted a taxi driver charged with the rape of his passenger.
R v H (Northern Ireland) (2013): Successfully prosecuted a male charged with the gratuitous sexual assault of child at his home.

Sports Law


Sam has a lively Sports Disciplinary Law practice. He represents individuals and organisations before the RFU disciplinary Tribunal and British Boxing Board of Control in all manner of disciplinary matters. In particular Sam acted for a player charged in the Bath Rugby Club cocaine scandal case. Sam regularly delivers lectures on Sports Disciplinary Procedure to fellow lawyers.

Sam served as the Chairman of the Irish Football Association Disciplinary Committee between 2013 and 2015.

Cases

  • RFU v Crockett & Others (2009): Defended the Club Captain of Bath RFC before the RFU Disciplinary Committee following a failure to submit to drug testing procedures.

Tribunals


Sam has appeared before all manner of regulatory and investigative tribunals. An experienced sports disciplinary lawyer, Sam has experience of the governing bodies for Rugby Union, Association Football and British Boxing.

Sam has also experience of medco-legal tribunals having appeared before the NMC where he is an approved case presenter.

Sam has experience of prosecuting members of the legal profession before their regulatory body.

Memberships


  • Criminal Bar Association of England & Wales
  • Criminal Bar Association of Northern Ireland
  • Crown Prosecution Service Panel (Grade 3; Rape List)
  • Public Prosecution Service Panel (Northern Ireland)
  • NMC Approved Case Presenter