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Samantha Broadfoot KC
Samantha’s practice encompasses a wide spectrum of cases with a public law angle including:
- Health care – e.g. pharmaceutical regulation, hospital downgrades, NHS charging schemes, NHS investigations
- Education – e.g. academisation process, SEN, exclusion, Ofqual issues
- Immigration – e.g. systemic challenges, business, EU, removal, human rights, asylum
- Human Rights – across a range of fields including family law & parentage, surrogacy, regulating access to police DNA databases, discrimination, UNCRC
- Disciplinary / regulatory / code of conduct – e.g. proceedings before SDT, BSB, as well as challenges to decisions of such bodies & others, e.g. LSO
- Local authority – e.g. allocation of responsibility (‘who pays’), community care, powers, conduct issues
- Welfare – e.g. PIP
- Inquests – e.g. air accidents, marine accidents and hospital deaths
- Public international law – e.g. questions of public international law arising out of the creation of the Republic of Cyprus and the Sovereign Bases Areas
Samantha is individually ranked in the directories in Administrative & Public Law and in Immigration. She is a contributor to the textbook NHS Law and Practice (2018). She is also a Recorder and sits in the Crown Court. She was appointed as a member of the European Human Rights Commission’s Panel in January 2020. Prior to becoming a QC in February 2017 she was on the Attorney-General’s A panel.
Samantha acts for individuals and campaign groups seeking to bring public law challenges, as well as for a range of clients from central and local government, and regulators. She acts across the range forums, from judicial review and statutory appeals, to disciplinary matters and inquests.
Samantha studied for an LLB in English and French Law at the University of Kent. She followed this with an LLM in European and Human Rights Law from Exeter University. In 2001 she was appointed to the AG’s C Panel of counsel and in 2005 to the B Panel. In 2008 she was appointed to the Bar Standards Board Complaints Committee. In 2019 she was appointed as legal counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s B Panel.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2
Regarded as a ‘strong public law set‘ with ‘an impressive array of juniors and silks‘, Landmark Chambers boasts a broad bench of barristers that enables it to act on both the claimant and respondent sides of proceedings. Tim Buley KC and joint head of the public law group Samantha Broadfoot KC recently appeared opposite each other in AK & Ors, R (on the application of) v The Entry Clearance Office (Islamabad) & Anor, contesting whether the immigration rules’ definition of de facto adoption gave rise to unlawful discrimination or was irrational. Notable juniors include Julia Smyth and Hafsah Masood, as well as ‘fearless advocate‘, Miranda Butler, who arrived from Garden Court Chambers in January 2022.
Considered a ‘a strong public law set’, Landmark Chambers often appear in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in an even amount of claimant and defendant work, particularly within civil liberties and human rights. ‘Persuasive and astute’ Samantha Broadfoot KC recently appeared in Savvas Halloumas v Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a judicial review in the sovereign base areas concerning the British government’s enforcement (or lack thereof) of land ownership rights in the base area asserted by a Greek Cypriot but allegedly occupied by Turkish Cypriots. David Blundell KC appeared in R (Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport in 2021, acting for the Secretary of State in this judicial review challenging the “traffic light” system of travel restrictions imposed by the British government during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a “red list” of countries which persons returning from were detained in quarantine hotels at their own expense.