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Samuel Ponniah

Year of call: 2018

Sam is a criminal law and police law barrister, with significant experience and ability in a wide range of matters, often dealing with serious and complex cases.
Sam prides himself on his personable and practical approach and strives to anticipate and meet the needs of both lay and professional clients.

Sam has a busy Crown Court practice and regularly appears on behalf of the prosecution and defence in matters of a seriousness that belies his call. He has acted in a wide range of cases covering a spectrum of offences, including serious violence, organised crime, and sexual offences. Sam ensures that he has a client-focused, balanced, and insightful approach to all matters he is instructed in.

Sam also has specialist experience in motoring offences, including matters resulting in serious injury or death, and accepts private instructions in this area of law.

Notable cases:

R v J & S (Canterbury Crown Court) – Secured an acquittal for a client accused of leading a conspiracy to transport several Iraqi nationals into the UK illegally while concealed in a van. The case involved extensive phone evidence, including cell site evidence.

R v R (Teesside Crown Court) – Secured an acquittal for a defendant alleged to have stabbed a man in the street and intimidated the victim into not giving evidence.

R v G&R (Durham Crown Court) – Successfully prosecuted two defendants who assaulted a victim in the street with weapons. The victim was unable to give evidence but, following a successful hearsay application and extensive cross-examination of both defendants, they were convicted.

R v H (Bradford Crown Court) – Represented a defendant in a matter of causing death by careless driving. Sam secured a non-custodial sentence for the client.

R v B (Bradford Crown Court) – Sam was instructed on behalf of the lead defendant in a case involving alleged kidnap, false imprisonment, and GBH. The matter involved extensive multimedia evidence and police intelligence. The case was adjourned on the third day due to court listing issues.

R v T (Carlisle Crown Court) – Sam is currently instructed on behalf of a defendant alleged to have committed extensive historical sexual offending.

Practice Summary

Sam regularly acts for several of police forces in a wide range of quasi-criminal applications and civil applications before the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court.

Sam has acted on a number of SRO and SHPO applications, both for police forces and respondents. Police forces have also instructed him on cases involving particularly complex orders and he has been instructed to consult on terms, strategy, and enforcement prior to applications.

Sam has been instructed in a number of high-value POCA hearings for police forces, including complex matters involving cryptocurrency and international elements.

Sam has a distinct specialism in police C2 Applications for disclosure, both to and from family proceedings, and is well versed in the law and procedure concerning this area.

Sam has also been instructed by police forces as independent counsel. This has included working in a forensically secure environment and in a matter involving over 18,000 items. Sam strives to complete independent counsel reviews promptly, while offering practical advice to those instructing.

Sam has a burgeoning practice in misconduct proceedings.

  • CPS Grade 3 Prosecutor
  • Advocacy and the Vulnerable training accredited 
  • Public Access Qualified

Awards and Education

  • Middle Temple – Queen Mother Scholarship
  • University of Law – Advocacy Scholarship
  • University of Law BPTC – Very competent
  • University of York – Bachelor of Laws

Voluntary Work

  • Equality and Diversity Officer – KBW Chambers
  • Mentor at Vocalise UK – Sam worked in Feltham YOI and HMP Pentonville, teaching residents debating skills. Sam’s work culminated in organising and facilitating a debate in HMP Pentonville between inmates and students at the University of Law.

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