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5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
samuel.jones@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

2011 Gray’s Inn

Professional Details

Samuel joined Chambers as a Tenant in January 2014 following the successful completion of his pupillage. He has been commended for his thorough case preparation and effective advocacy in court. He has also received praise for the high quality of his paperwork.

Samuel enjoys a mixed practice and regularly appears in courts throughout the South West and Wales. Samuel is happy to accept instructions at all stages of proceedings. He has a particular interest in the following areas:

Employment

Samuel advises and acts in all areas of employment and equality law including redundancy, unfair dismissal, contractual claims, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants. He has developed a particular interest in all aspects of discrimination and has appeared in a number of multi-day discrimination hearings in the employment tribunal.

Motoring Law

Having worked for a leading firm of road traffic solicitors prior to commencing pupillage, Samuel has developed a clear knowledge and understanding of motoring law, both in the civil and criminal courts.

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Samuel’s personal injury practice encompasses road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability and highway law. He has acted for both claimants and defendants at all stages of proceedings.

Samuel also has a particular interest in clinical negligence and has advised on complex issues such as quantum and causation. Where appropriate, he will consider cases on a conditional fee basis.

Criminal

Samuel regularly prosecutes for the Crown Prosecution Service, G4S and the Probation service. He also defends in the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Courts.

Formal Education

January 2013 – January 2014: Pupillage, Unity Street Chambers
October 2011 – December 2012: In-house advocate, national law firm in Plymouth
September 2010 – April 2011: Bar Professional Training Course, University of the West of England (Outstanding)
October 2007 – May 2010: Law LLB (Hons) Lancaster University

Notable Cases

Personal injury

G v A – Samuel appeared on behalf of a defendant insurer in a road traffic claim. Samuel successfully argued that the Claimant’s account was discredited by the accident damage.

Employment

H v B – Samuel represented a former employee of an international company in a claim for wrongful dismissal and breach of contract. The case settled prior to the tribunal hearing.

D v S – Samuel successfully represented a former employee in a claim for pregnancy discrimination and automatic unfair dismissal.

Criminal
R v X – Samuel successfully prosecuted a business owner for handling stolen goods, possessing ammunition and permitting premises to be used for cannabis cultivation. The trial was listed for three days and required extensive preparation.

R v S – Samuel represented a motorcycle rider prosecuted for driving in excess of 150 mph on the motorway. The client was not disqualified because the magistrates were satisfied that disqualification would cause “exceptional hardship”.

Prizes

Winner of the Carol Crowdy Civil Litigation Prize for achieving the highest mark in his year in the Civil Litigation and Evidence module on the Bar Professional Training Course.

Professional Memberships

Western Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Personal Injury Bar Association

Interests/Hobbies

Outside the law, Samuel is a keen football and rugby fan and supports Norwich City and Bath respectively. He also enjoys photography and distance running.