Samuel Skinner > The 36 Group > London, England > Lawyer Profile

The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court
London
WC1R 5EF
England

Work Department

36 Crime

Position

Samuel was educated at Oxford University and began work as a barrister in 2007. He prosecutes and defends in the most serious and complex criminal cases.

Samuel’s recent caseload involves murder, terrorism and high-value, international fraud.

Samuel has expertise prosecuting and defending in corruption cases, and cybercrime.

He also spent much of 2018-2019 involved in trials alleging conspiracies to supply industrial quantities of class A drugs; and conspiracies to commit serious violence by criminal gangs involved in the ‘county lines’ drug supply trade.

Samuel also has substantial experience in judicial review cases and case stated appeals in criminal and regulatory matters. He was previously appointed as civil Treasury Counsel concentrating almost exclusively on judicial review cases. He frequently provides second opinion advice on appeal after conviction.

Samuel has appeared in leading cases in both criminal and civil law, which are cited in the practitioner textbooks.

Samuel advises on complex and unusual areas of criminal and regulatory law. He also provides training in these areas. He has advised the Revenue and the police on matters relating to independent counsel, disclosure and search warrants. Samuel acts for Trading Standards departments and advised Birmingham City Council on its powers under the criminal law to prevent the spread of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. He has also advised national government about criminal infringements of medicines law.

Work undertaken:

Consumer
Cybercrime
Economic Crime & Regulation
Financial Crime & Fraud
Health & Safety
Homicide
Licensing
Judicial Review
Modern Slavery
Professional Misconduct & Disciplinary
Regulatory
Serious Sexual Offences

Career

Call: 2007.

Career highlights:

Prosecutes and defends
Appointed to the CPS General Panel of Advocates at Level 4
Appointed to the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel at level 4
Instructed off-panel by the Serious Fraud Office
Appointed to the CPS Serious Fraud Panel of Advocates at Level 3
Appointed to the CPS Serious Crime Panel of Advocates at Level 3
Appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Regional Civil Counsel 2012-2018
Security vetted
Direct Access qualified

Areas of experience:

Consumer
Cybercrime
Economic Crime & Regulation
Financial Crime
Health and Safety
Homicide
Licensing
Judicial Review
Modern Slavery
Professional Misconduct & Disciplinary
Regulatory
Serious & Complex Crime
Serious Sexual Offences

Memberships

Appointments and memberships:

Appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Panel of Junior Counsel B
Appointed to the CPS General Panel of Advocates at Level 4
Appointed to the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel at Level 4
Appointed to the CPS Serious Fraud Panel at Level 3
Appointed to the CPS Serious Crime Panel at Level 3
Member of the Midland Circuit
Member of Gray’s Inn
Lord Justice Holker Award holder, Gray’s Inn
Exhibitioner of Jesus College, University of Oxford
Viscount Sankey scholar, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Samuel is an advocacy trainer for the Midland Circuit and Gray’s Inn
In 2019 the CCP of the East Midlands CPS awarded Samuel a ‘Chief Crown Prosecutor’s Commendation’

Education

MA (Oxon), Jesus College, University of Oxford
Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law
Graduate Diploma in Law- BPP Leeds

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Samuel SkinnerThe 36 Group ‘Samuel has a thorough and assured grasp of law and procedure. He has excellent judgment and an unerring sense of the key issues in a case. He is meticulous in his preparation, and his courtroom advocacy is fluent and robust. He is always polite and respectful with opponents, colleagues, judges, and court staff.’  

The 36 Group is a ‘good all-round chambers’ with a set of ‘good quality advocates’ and strong presence in the Midlands circuit. Mary Prior KC is ‘particularly good at questioning vulnerable witnesses’ and recently handled a murder case involving complex medical evidence. Sarah Gaunt handled a case of a widescale and country-wide sophisticated ATM theft conspiracy. Nadeem Holland prosecuted and convicted a thirteen-defendant drug conspiracy case, in which all defendants were convicted. Samuel Skinner is an ‘ambitious and astute lawyer with excellent judgement’ and prosecuted around 109 defendants in dozens of linked trials of conspiracy to supply drugs. Mary Loram KC and William Harbage KC, as were, have been appointed circuit judges, based in Chelmsford and Nottingham respectively.