Sam Smart

Call: 2017

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A top tier and very strong set which stables a great deal of talent that encompasses all areas of crime, fraud and regulatory work.

Legal 500, 2022
Sam Smart

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Sam is regularly instructed to defend and prosecute a wide range of offences, covering Crime and Fraud, as well as Professional Discipline. He has built a reputation as a persuasive advocate, and for being well-prepared, thorough and easy to work with.

Sam is experienced in dealing with clients with complex needs and is quick to build trust and rapport. He also advises on matters before trial and is known for providing careful and thoughtful advice.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Sam held a number of roles in a FTSE top ten company and worked in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Romania and Mauritius. He went on to volunteer at the Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel assisting on death row appeals, before working as a paralegal at a top criminal defence firm in London.


Sam has worked as both defence and prosecution in Fraud cases.

R v Boris Becker – instructed as Prosecution Junior for the Insolvency Service in their prosecution of the former professional tennis player.

See our Fraud team.


  • GDL, BPP
  • Newcastle University – BA English Literature


  • Lord Denning Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Advocacy Scholar (BPP)


  • CBA
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association