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Samantha is an unflappable, pragmatic and shrewd barrister, experienced in all areas of criminal advocacy.
She is excellent with lay clients, offers timely and pertinent written advice, and is both approachable and a pleasure to work with.
She leads in serious cases, sits as a recorder, and has formed part of an independent inquiry appointed by the Bishop of Rochester to investigate historic abuse allegations in a children’s home.
Background and Expertise
Samantha has enjoyed a busy and substantial London practice for over two decades.
She is widely respected for her ability to effectively question the most vulnerable witnesses – including children, those with psychiatric disorders, and those fearful of the criminal justice system. Her client handling is a calming influence and puts the most nervous at ease.
She is a specialist prosecutor of both organised crime and rape and serious sexual offences, and is a panel advocate for the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
She is instructed to lead for the defence regularly in fraud cases, where her diligent pre-trial preparation and meticulous cross-examination of expert accountants has impressed – as has her approach to pre-trial disclosure, where her tenacity and perseverance have paid dividends for her clients.
She provides timely, thorough and acute advice pre-trial (sometimes pre-charge for the Crown) on a range of issues – for example, directing a professional client to an appropriate expert in a field such as blood pattern analysis, accountancy evidence or the significance of injuries.
She has a particular interest in shaken baby cases and the complex, nuanced and frequently changing medical evidence relating the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome from the classic 'triad' of injuries.
Other Activities and Interests
- In another life Samantha would live on a smallholding and produce her own cheese; instead, she keeps chickens in Hackney.
PROFILE: Samantha Cohen
Inquests / public inquiries
020 7489 2727
BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy, University of Southampton
Dip Law, City University
South Eastern Circuit, CBA