Member of Chambers Profile

Sam Barker

Year of Call: 2014



Sam is a calm and confident barrister, who helps to put clients at ease, and can give clear, practical advice. He is thorough, well-prepared and imaginative when it comes to the presentation of a case, and is able to robustly advance the interests of his clients to the judge or jury. 


Sam joined chambers after completing his pupillage and has quickly built a successful Crown Court practice, regularly conducting jury trials for both the Prosecution and Defence in London and on circuit. He has prosecuted and defended in a broad spectrum of offences, including sexual offences (including in a domestic context) and ‘grooming’ offences, serious violence (including s.18 and s.20 GBH) and public disorder, offences involving firearms, drug offences, dishonesty and property offences. 

In addition to appearing in the Youth Court, and in cases that require extra sensitivity, Sam has experience of defending clients with serious mental health conditions, including Paranoid Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, and for serious offences such as Arson, Robbery, and Burglary. 

Sam is adept at cross-examining expert witnesses, particularly drug experts, and in turn, presenting that evidence to the jury in an easy to understand way. He is also able to handle vulnerable witnesses, including children, and those suffering from mental illness. 

Sam is often instructed on a privately funded basis and was recently led by former Senior Treasury Counsel in a Strangulation case at Blackfriars Crown Court. He accepts Private Prosecution instructions, and conducts appellate work in the Crown Court for TfL. 


Sam accepts instructions in all aspect of confiscation work, from advising before proceedings commence, through to enforcement. He has advised on the provisions of the Serious Crime Act 2015 in respect of third parties seeking to declare interests in property subject to confiscation proceedings. He has acted for the Prosecution and Defence, including in Special Casework Division cases. Sam has also acted in several VHCC enforcement hearings for the Crown. 


Sam has experience in a variety of sports tribunals, particularly in Equestrianism and Rowing. He has experience as an Adjudicator for a major Equestrian Governing Body, and has advised on appeals processes, occasionally involving technical specialist areas. 

Sam has also been briefed in Health and Safety prosecutions, including in an appeal to the Crown Court by one defendant in a food safety matter, involving allegations of duress and fraud between defendants.


Before becoming a barrister, Sam read Law at Worcester College, Oxford, where he was a College Exhibitioner and President of the Junior Common Room. He went on to complete his BPTC at Kaplan Law School in London, before a brief stint in Commercial law. He is a member of the Inner Temple, and of the South Eastern Circuit.