Sam Stockwell > Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC
Furnival Chambers




Sam prides himself on meticulous attention to detail in case preparation and excellent client-care skills. This attention to detail and the ability to put clients at ease at an early stage of proceedings, means that he is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues and vulnerable witnesses or defendants. Sam is also cleared to the highest level of government security clearance, resulting in instructions from the Government Legal Department, involving highly sensitive material.

Sam has particular experience in white-collar crime, notably bribery & corruption, and is listed as preferred counsel by the Financial Conduct Authority, with whom he is regularly instructed. He has previously been seconded to the Serious Fraud Office. By reason of his experience in multi-jurisdictional investigations, Sam has an excellent grasp of bribery & corruption law, both pre and post UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As such, he is comfortable with complex financial and factual matters and can advise both companies and individuals across a range of financial regulatory work, from assisting in the drafting and implementation of financial crime policy and compliance programmes, to representation in enforcement proceedings brought by regulators and prosecutors.

Sam has worked on the defence of a large and complex bribery & corruption case (SFO v Alstom & Ors). He conducted internal investigations in the UK and across Europe, for the purposes of self-reporting to the US DOJ. Sam also worked on another large and complex bribery & corruption case (SFO v Rolls-Royce Plc); a domestic and overseas joint investigation brought under pre-Bribery Act charges.

Sam has experience in conducting the most serious and factually complex, multi-handed and otherwise, as both led junior and junior alone. These include, but are not limited to, matters of murder, manslaughter, s.18 GBH, firearms, fraud, money laundering, historic sexual assault and large scale drugs supply. Ongoing and recent instructions include:

  • R v T [Central Criminal Court]Led junior on an indictment alleging murder, involving the underlying issue of gang related activity and associated intelligence.
  • R v A & Ors. [Southwark Crown Court]Led junior, representing the first defendant in a 7 handed, 10-week, multi-million pound conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. The case has generated a vast amount of served evidence, in the sum of c.160,000 pages, and involves transactions over a number of different jurisdictions with an indictment period covering a number of years for a total of 21 indicted defendants.
  • R v C & Ors. [Woolwich Crown Court]Junior alone, representing the first defendant in a 9 handed, 8-week, conspiracy to kidnap, blackmail and falsely imprison. The case against the defendants is multi-faceted and includes cell site, call schedules, CCTV, ANPR and forensic evidence.
  • R v M & Ors. [Inner London Crown Court]Junior alone, represented the first defendant in a 4 handed, 6-week, multiple-count conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and participation in the activities of an organised crime group (s.45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015). Prosecuted by both Queen’s Counsel and Junior Counsel, the Crown’s case, which ran to c.142,000 pages, involved CCTV, ANPR, cell site and call data, forensic evidence and expert evidence re gang related activity.
  • R v S [Cambridge Crown Court]Instructed as led junior in this matter concerning manslaughter.
  • R v C & Ors. [Snaresbrook Crown Court]Led junior in a 5 handed conspiracy to sell firearms matter, which lasted 8 weeks and was the only defendant to be acquitted. The Crown’s case was built almost entirely on cell site, call schedule data and ANPR, along with contested expert evidence as to fingerprints. Mr Stockwell took the cross-examination of the cell site expert. This case generated c.24,500 pages of evidence.
  • R v K & Anor. [Basildon Crown Court]Junior alone in this multi-handed kidnap. The Crown’s case included the use of CCTV, ANPR, eye witnesses, call data and cell site evidence. The defendant was acquitted.
  • R v C [Peterborough Crown Court]Led junior in this matter of historic sexual assault, in respect of an ex-premiership football coach and scout, with 18 complainants and an indictment period spanning some 40 years. The Crown’s case was based, in part, on the expert evidence of a doctor in the field of ‘maturisation’ and the ‘Tanner Scale’.
  • R v R [Kingston Crown Court]Junior alone in a matter of wounding with intent, which was concluded with a successful submission of no case to answer, prior to the conclusion of the Crown’s case.
  • ICO v SEC Elections (trading as Cambridge Analytica)Instructed by Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections Ltd in this high profile case brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office, involving the investigation and subsequent criminal proceedings, following the complaint made by professor Carroll and the failure of Cambridge Analytica to respond to the ICO’s enforcement notice.
  • PTIOs v M(Court of Arbitration for Sport):Professional tennis player’s appeal to CAS of a lifetime ban for match fixing and spot betting.
  • R v O [Court of Appeal, Criminal Division]Junior alone in an appeal against conviction in this firearms case, concerning ‘fresh evidence’ relating to the possession of a sawn-off shotgun.
  • R v Y [Court of Appeal, Criminal Division]Junior alone in an appeal against conviction which raises a jurisdictional issue as to the Court of Appeal’s power to deal with a s.51 Scheduled offence, which was concluded and sentenced in the Crown Court.

Before embarking on a career at the Bar, Sam worked in both investment and relationship management at the UK’s oldest, family run, private bank; C. Hoare & Co.

Sam is Direct Access qualified and accepts instructions directly from the public and business alike.

Sam represented the Bar of England and Wales at the Lawyers Cricket World Cup, Brisbane, Australia in 2015/2016


The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Middle Temple Young Barristers Association

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association


BPTC – Very Competent

LLB Law (Hons) 2:1

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Furnival Chambers has ‘a very good reputation’ for crime and extradition thanks to having ‘a strong list of very capable and experienced counsel’. It is able to offer ‘a wide spectrum of counsel capable of dealing with small scale drugs cases to large scale frauds’. In recent news, Caroline Haughey QC was awarded an OBE for her public service. Strengthening chambers, Julia Smart and David Durose took silk in 2019, while Sam Stockwell joined from Church Court ChambersRishy Panesar moved from Charter ChambersJoanna Staples joined from Drystone Chambers, and Sahara Fergus-Simms arrived from Carmelite Chambers. Leaving chambers in the past year, James Stansfeld joined Matrix Chambers and Lisa Wilson-Taylor went to 25 Bedford Row. Senior clerk Stephen Ball and first junior Joel Mason lead the clerking team, which is described as ‘polite, courteous, and reliable; always going the extra mile’. Offices in: London

Church Court Chambers has ‘a good number of good quality criminal barristers’. The clerks’ room is ‘extremely pleasant’ and ‘works well’. Senior clerk Daniel Bartlett ‘always listens to instructing solicitors and seeks to ensure the set maintains a high standard of work’. Practice director Rod McGurk is ‘very helpful and swift to respond to enquiries’. Fees clerk Mark Bird is ‘extremely helpful and goes that extra mile to ensure the clients requirements are fulfilled’. In recent moves, Patrick Upward QC arrived from 9 Bedford Row, Benjamin Aina QC and Maria Karaiskos from 33 Bedford Row, from Millennium Chambers, former solicitor advocate Mazharul MustafaGregory Wedge  from 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings , as well as Nazmeen Imambaccus  and Islam KhanAlex Tinsley and Alison Pryor joined 9 Bedford Row and 42 Bedford Row respectively, while Sam Stockwell joined Furnival Chambers. Offices in: London