Sam Shurey

Year of Call: 2015  


During the course of his pupillage at 2 Bedford Row, Sam gained a comprehensive grounding in the prosecution and defence of a wide range of criminal and regulatory cases. Sam conducted numerous summary trials, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He prosecuted on behalf of the CPS, National Probation Service (Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court) and TFL (Magistrates’ Court). He was also regularly instructed for the defence in hearings in the Magistrates’ Court to enforce POCA orders.

After accepting an offer of tenancy in April 2017 Sam has continued to undertake both criminal and regulatory cases. He has recently been instructed for both the prosecution and defence in Crown Court trials involving offences of violence and dishonesty. He continues to appear on a daily basis in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and the Youth Court.

Sam has also conducted a number of substantive and non-substantive hearings, acting as case presenter on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Sam has assisted Mr John Donnelly with updating the Lexi Nexis Practice Notes in relation to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


Sam’s criminal defence experience includes the following:

  • Road traffic cases, including the presentation of arguments such as exceptional hardship both in the Magistrates’ Court and on appeal to the Crown Court
  • Self-defence and protection of property in cases of violence
  • Issues of mistaken identity, with arguments presented either as a submission of no case to answer or as a closing speech.
  • The cross-examination of police officers, including the extent to which their conduct was with in ‘the execution of their duty’ and the weaknesses in their investigation.

Recent Cases:

R v F:  Not guilty of assaulting a police officer despite live evidence from four officers.

R v H:  Not guilty of two allegations of burglary despite finger print evidence on items   that the Crown asserted were at the scene of the crime, the discovery of medication with the defendant’s name on it in the same bag as items said to have been stolen, an inconsistent account in interview, and relevant previous convictions that were before the court.

R v B:  Not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm despite the Crown’s reliance
on the eye witness evidence of the complainant’s son and supporting independent third party evidence.


  • CPS Level 1 (2017)
  • BPTC, University of Law (2014-2015)
  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (BPTC), Middle Temple (2014)
  • Queen Mother’s Scholarship (BPTC), Middle Temple (2014)
  • Law School Jurisprudence Prize, King’s College London (2014)
  • LLB, King’s College London (2011-2014)