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Sam Stein Q.C.

Sam Stein

Called 1988, Silk 2009   |   Email: JStill@westgate-chambers.co.uk

Chambers & Partners: “Leading Silk”

Area of Practice

Sam has practised in serious crime of all types for many years and has continued to work on some of the most significant and high profile cases whilst in Silk. His practice is exclusively defence. Sam has defended in many cases prosecuted as joint enterprise and has lectured extensively on the subject. He has particular experience in dealing with large-scale cases, developing novel points and cross-examinations regarding probe evidence.

Ranked in Chambers and Partners (Queens Counsel – Crime) 2011, 2012, 2013

Notable Cases

  • R -v- Mulcahy (2001) – The longest ever single defendant murder trial in English legal history. The result of three separate police investigations with the original investigation being the largest police manhunt since the Yorkshire Ripper.
  • R -v- Adams (2002) – The Dome Robbery. Arguably the most audacious robbery since the Great Train Robbery. The result of a massive police operation and lengthy investigation
  • R -v- Grant & Others (2003) – Multi-handed conspiracy to murder –acquitted.
  • R -v- Gul (2004) – The ‘Turkish Mafia Baybasin’ case covering allegations of blackmail, kidnapping, torture and money laundering. The primary source of evidence was a probe placed in the defendant’s premises recording over six months, thousands of hours of material.
  • R -v- Matiluko (2005) – The Harmondsworth Detention Centre Riot – acquitted after piecing together hundreds of hours of CCTV material to accurately form a picture of the events involving the defendant.
  • R -v- Walker (2006) – Large scale conspiracy to supply class A; successfully appealed confiscation finding to the CA.
  • R -v- Kearney (2008) – Police corruption case, ground breaking legal argument re: ECHR Article 10 (2) journalist right to protect sources. Prosecuted by Sir Allan Green QC, offered no evidence following argument.
  • R -v- Kusi-Appiah (2009) – Mortgage frauds dealing with 47 residential properties: On instructions negotiated a plea ensuring that wife would not be proceeded against.

Money Laundering

  • R –v- Crocker (2012) – Extensive money laundering allegations covering 7 years of a building firms operation and financial analysts evidence which was the subject of detailed cross-examination by Sam leading to the successful half time submission
  • R –v- Evans (2012) – Money laundering and drugs smuggling case involving the importation of substantial quantities of cocaine concealed in a specially adapted vehicle.
  • R-v- S. Operation Zambezi (2011) – First on indictment, multi-handed attempted murder, money laundering, firearms, cocaine and cannabis conspiracy with voluminous Queen’s Evidence – 107 page statement following 80+ interviews of QE Witness.  Legal submissions resulting both in the exclusion of background violence and in the finding of an implicit waiver of privilege over solicitor’s material on the part of the QE Witness. This matter is the subject of an ongoing appeal.
  • R -v- Zachariah (2009) – Multi-Million Pound Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy, argued disclosure and RIPA points relating to 7 months of recorded material equaling thousands of pages of transcripts.
  • R -v- N (2009) – Representing Chairman of Aston Rothbury Co Ltd on allegations of laundering the proceeds of frauds on UK clearing banks
  • R -v- Dixon & Others (2009) – Conspiracy to Supply Class A and money laundering– Ipswich Crown Court – successful plea bargain negotiated.
  • R -v- Tran (2009) – Drugs and Money Laundering. Sam’s successful opposition of the Crown’s application to introduce hearsay evidence using the recently decided case of Al Khawaja resulted in the acquittal of all 5 defendants.


  • R –v- Perreira (2012) – Manslaughter and robbery allegation involving youths and a ‘joint enterprise’ attack on another youth who when being chased and then died under the wheels of a bus.
  • R –v- S.H. (2011) – Attempted murder of another youth, Sam advised that psychiatric and psychological evidence be obtained relating to the victims memory of the incident and the effect of the trauma and treatment leading to memory loss and possible confabulation. Defendant acquitted.
  • R -v- Bowyer (2007) – The manslaughter of an elderly man playing cricket with his son by a gang of 10-13 year old boys. This was the centre of huge public and media interest before and during the trial. Conviction quashed on Appeal.

Non-Jury Trials/Appeals

  • Appeal of Hibberd (2011) – Following the first non-jury trial in 350 years, the Appeal before the Lord Chief Justice The appeal centred on the failure to appoint a disclosure judge, disclosure issues generally and the possible ‘bias’ of the High Court Judge stemming from his having been shown apparently prejudicial material ex parte. This matter is subject to an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Appeal of Guthrie (2011) – Consolidated Appeal, representing all appellants. Jury tampering, trial judge ruled that trial should continue to verdicts without a jury. This matter is subject to an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
  • R -v- Hibberd (2010) – The fourth trial of the ‘Heathrow Robbers’ following allegations of jury tampering, this became the first trial in England and Wales to take place without a Jury before Mr. Justice Treacy at the Royal Courts of Justice.


  • R –v- James (2011) – Murder, loss of control defence. Defendant charged with murder of mother and burial in Sussex woodland.
  • R –v- Khaleel (2011) – Murder, bad character evidence challenged before the jury and the court was persuaded to call a crucial witness from the first trial (manslaughter conviction in similar circumstances), which formed the basis of the bad character application.
  • R -v- Roberts & Others – Blue Lagoon Murder (2010) – Widely reported murder involving 6 defendants and the ritual torture of a vulnerable adult, ultimately leading to his death. His dismembered body was discovered in a lake.
  • R -v- Hong (2010) – Murder allegation; Diabetic hyperglaecamic defence raised to explain the defendant’s memory loss at the time of the stabbing.
  • R -v- Turauskaite (2010) – Murder allegation involving lengthy cross examination of ‘best friend’ to show that he was responsible for the death.
  • R -v- Gayle & Others (2009) – Gangland Murder Trial – Central Criminal Court –acquitted.
  • R -v- Ramanlal (2009) – Murder allegation; argued diminished responsibility defence.

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association

Member of the Bar Standards Board

Chair of Quality Assurance for the BSB.

Additional Information

Advocacy Trainer for the Inner Temple and Keble Advanced Advocacy Course Trainer.

Practices from Mansfield Chambers, London.  Door Tenant of Westgate Chambers.