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Sam Roake

Sam Roake

Call: 2011

T: 020 7520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Sam is typically instructed in large and complex investigations & inquiries into corporates and individuals. In addition to his public inquiry work, he has extensive white collar criminal investigation & litigation experience, often in extremely large and complex cases involving multi-jurisdictional issues, and challenges to disclosure and legal professional privilege. Sam is also well-versed in the design & implementation of data analysis strategies across large data sets in an investigations context. Extremely user-friendly, Sam enjoys working collaboratively as part of investigative teams.

Fraud/Investigations

Sam has often been instructed in large and complex multi-jurisdictional financial investigations, both for prosecution and defence. Of particular note is his extensive experience as part of the investigation team in a multibillion-dollar SFO bribery & corruption investigation, encompassing both criminal and civil litigation.

He has also been privately instructed as junior counsel for the defence in an investigation into an alleged international fraud/money laundering conspiracy, and has advised a private prosecution firm at the pre-trial stage in an alleged multi-million-pound conspiracy to defraud. He has been instructed by the SFO’s Proceeds of Crime unit (Operation Steamroller, a £70m boiler room fraud and the largest of its kind ever prosecuted in the UK).

He has worked in overseas jurisdictions and has experience of the Mutual Legal Assistance regime, both as a defender and prosecutor. In addition, he has received formal training in civil litigation & procedure.

Inquiries

Junior Counsel in the Dame Linda Dobbs Review (ongoing)
Part of the counsel team assisting Dame Linda Dobbs in considering whether issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities following Lloyds Banking Group’s acquisition of HBOS.

Grenfell Inquiry (2019)
A member of the Aftermath Team in the Grenfell Public Inquiry

Crime

He has enjoyed a busy Crown Court practice, acting for both defence and prosecution (as a CPS Panel Advocate). His work has included fraud & dishonesty offences (including POCA), drugs, and serious violence and public disorder.

Regulatory Crime/Licensing

He has regularly acted for private clients accused of driving offences (e.g. drink driving) and quasi-criminal matters (e.g. licensing offences).

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Sam has been instructed by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a case presenter in the full range of hearings.

Notable Cases

  • Dame Linda Dobbs Review (ongoing) – Part of team assisting Dame Linda Dobbs in considering whether issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities following Lloyds Banking Group’s acquisition of HBOS.
  • Grenfell Inquiry (2019) – Member of Aftermath team
    SFO bribery & corruption investigation into former FTSE100 company (2015-2019).
  • R v. M & Others (2016-2018) – Led junior in investigation into alleged international money laundering conspiracy.
  • R v Asplin & others (2015-2016) – Multimillion pound conspiracy to defraud investigation conducted by Private Prosecutor. Instructed at investigation stage & led the review team.
  • Operation Steamroller (2015) – Instructed by SFO Proceeds of Crime Division at confiscation stage re UK’s largest ever Boiler Room fraud.


Education

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BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Oxford

Bar Vocational Course, College of Law

Graduate Diploma in Law, London Metropolitan University

Lord Justice Holker Award, Gray’s Inn

Memberships

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Fraud Lawyers Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association – Committee Member (2018-2019)

Young Barristers’ Committee of the Bar Council (2016-2018)

Pro Bono Committee of the Bar Council (2016-2018)

South Eastern Circuit (former member of Access to Justice Working Group)

Criminal Bar Association

Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Professional Appointments

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CPS Panel (1)