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Dr Sam Fowles

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Sam has provided legal and policy advice at all levels of government, from the Council of Europe to parish councils.

He is developing a broad practice in all areas of Chambers' work, and has a particular interest in Public and Constitutional Law,  Planning and Environmental law, Data Protection and Privacy, and Freedom of Information. 

Sam has provided legal and policy advice at all levels of government, from the Council of Europe to parish councils.

He applies this experience to provide clients with highly practical advice and representation. He is developing a broad practice in all areas of Chambers' work, with a particular interest in Planning and Environmental law, Freedom of Information and Data Protection, and Public and Constitutional Law. He has experience (unled) in the High Court, Crown Court, County Court, and Magistrates Court.


Sam applies his background in public policy, social entrepreneurship, and academia to connect with clients from all backgrounds. Sam has advised on numerous pieces of legislation, including the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, Trade Bill 2017-19, and Data Protection Bill 2018. He has first-hand experience of running a range of public sector organisations; sitting on the boards of a leading university, major public-sector body, and grassroots political campaign. Sam continues to provide legal and public policy advice to a wide range of MPs and NGOs.

Applying his background in public policy, Sam is able to provide advice and representation on all aspects of Brexit. He has advised on several of the major pieces of Brexit legislation and continues to provide advice, training, and representation to local authorities, NGOs, companies, and members of parliament on the practical impacts and responses to Brexit. 

Sam has a particular interest in information law and he was appointed Standing Counsel to the Request Initiative on 3 April 2018.


Sam is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre, where he specialises in information governance, data protection, environmental law and policy, trade and investment, constitutional law, and Brexit. He has taught at the University of London Institute in Paris, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London, and the University of Birmingham. He was a formerly a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney.

He regularly appears in national and international media speaking and writing on information and data protection, constitutional law, international trade, and Brexit. He has appeared in or on BBC Business, BBC WorldThe Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera.

Sam holds an MA in History from the University of St Andrews (first class) and a PhD in Law from the University of London. While a PhD candidate Sam founded the Rule of Law Project, a non-profit initiative using drama and debate to engage young people with legal issues. Sam's contribution as a social entrepreneur was recognised with election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sam enjoys rugby, squash, and musical theatre. He has acted and directed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on London's West End.

Overview

Sam is able to -rovide advice and representation in all areas of public law and judicial review.

As a former researcher at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Sam has extensive experience in public and constitutional law. He was counsel to 38 Degrees throughout the House of Commons' consideration of the Trade Bill 2017-19, advising on a significant constitutional change regarding Parliament's role in international trade agreements. He regularly advises individuals, NGOs, companies, and members of parliament on constitutional and public law issues. 

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Sam has broad experience advising on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. He is able to review data protection policies, provide advice on specific or general issues, and provide training as well as representation.

Sam has recently advised the NGOs Momentum and Another Europe is Possible on compliance with the GDPR and DPA 2018. He represented for Another Europe is Possible in the High Court in Christopher Chandler v Another Europe is Possible (unreported), advising on a negotiated settlement and appearing in the High Court.

Cases

Defamation, privacy, and public statements: a warning for the Brexit debate
07.06.2018
The High Court on Thursday 17 May accepted a statement in open court from Another Europe is Possible, an NGO campaigning against Brexit, in settlement of a defamation suit brought....

News

Use of personal data in child safeguarding: opportunities and challenges
19.09.2018
Child safeguarding is necessarily a multi-agency exercise. Increasingly local authorities are beginning to take a data-based approach, combining data from across agencies to identify which families are most in need....

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Sam provides advice and representation on all aspects of planning and environmental law. He has a particular interest in matters involving renewable energy and climate change. Sam's recent work includes actin as junior to Dr Ashley Bowes, on behalf of Braintree District Council. They successfully opposed planning permission for a major sheltered housing development, inter alia, on grounds that the developers had applied the wrong test for financial viability.

Sam is currently advising a local community seeking to oppose planning permission for a major hotel chain to build in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Cases

Council justified in seeking £800k price tag for retirement scheme
24.07.2018
An Inspector has upheld Braintree District Council's decision to refuse permission for a retirement scheme, partly on the basis that the developer had failed to provide a policy driven affordable....

Overview

Sam accepts instructions in the full range of Cornerstone's local government work. He has a particular interest in matters involving:

  • Freedom of information 
  • Data protection
  • Domestic violence
  • Councillors conduct and ethics
  • Electoral law
  • Environmental and regulatory prosecution and defence

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Sam acts in the full range of Cornerstone's housing work. He has experience in possession matters, section 204 appeals, the full range of anti-social behaviour injunctions, disrepair, and homelessness matters.

Sam has a particular interest in a range of legal measures available to protect individuals from domestic violence. He is able to provide advice and representation on possession proceedings based on domestic violence, anti-social behaviour injunctions, and domestic violence protection orders.

Sam was a member of the Bar Human Rights Council working group on Violence Against Women. He co-authored the BHRC reports on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Violence Against Women. He was involved with the development of FGM Protection Orders and the new offence of failing to protect children from FGM.

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Sam is able to provide advice and representation on a full range of commercial law matters. He is particularly interested in the commercial aspects of information law and has experience in matters concerning data protection, privacy, and freedom of information in a commercial context. 

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Sam is able to provide advice and representation on a full range of property law matters.

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Sam accepts instructions in the full range of Cornerstone's licensing work. 

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Sam accepts instructions in the full range of Cornerstone's work on inquests and inquiries. 

The Trade Bill 2018: A Step Towards Parliamentary Control of Treaty Making?

14th September 2018

The Trade Bill 2017-19, currently undergoing its second reading in the House of Lords, marks a significant step in the evolution of the UK's constitution in that it gives Parliament a greater say in the making of international trade agreements ("ITA") than ever before.

Constitutional law and international trade are rarely spoken of in the same breath. This approach is outdated. Read the full blog here

Associate EU Citizenship: A Brief Assessment

14th September 2018

Is Brexit just a choice between the Chequers deal or a 'hard Brexit'? Supporters of 'associate citizenship' believe there is not.

The proposed associate citizenship would allow individuals to enjoy some of the benefits of EU citizenship in return for a (likely substantial) fee.

While this would undoubtedly bring benefits to those able to take up associate citizenship, it would also have a transformative effect on the concept of citizenship itself, exacerbating existing trends towards transnational forms of citizenship and a reduced role for nation states. Read the full article here

Sam's publications prior to coming to the Bar include:

1st March 2018

  • "Associate EU Citizenship: A Brief Assessment", Foreign Policy Centre, (forthcoming)
  • "The Free Market Case for Renewables", Foreign Policy Centre, (2017)
  • "How to Fix the Great Repeal Bill", Another Europe is Possible, (2017)
  • "A Decimation of Rights: The Consequences of the Great Repeal Bill", Global Justice Now, (2017)
  • "The Impact of Investment Treaties on Human Rights", Foreign Policy Centre, (2017)
  • "The Great Repeal Bill: Addressing Unaccountable Power", Another Europe is Possible, (2017)
  • "Failure to evaluate introduction of Female Genital Mutilation mandatory reporting" (2016) 101 Archives of Disease In Childhood 778 (with Felicity Gerry QC and Professor Andrew Rowland)
  • "In Defence of Europe" (9 March 2016) UK Constitutional Law Blog
  • "A 'Failure to Protect' Offence for FGM: An Initial Assessment" (2015) 79 Journal of Criminal Law 344 (with Theodora Christou)
  • "The Subtle Revolution: TTIP, Sovereignty and the Rule of Law", Mishcon de Reya, (2015)
  • "Report of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales on Female Genital Mutilation", Bar Human Rights Committee, (2014), (with Kirsty Brimelow QC, Dr Theodora Christou, Dexter Dias QC, Felicity Gerry QC, Courtney Perlmutter, Charlotte Proudman and Zimran Samuel)
  • Report of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales on Violence Against Women Bar Human Rights Committee, (2014) (with Kirsty Brimelow QC, Dr Theodora Christou, Dexter Dias QC, Felicity Gerry QC, Courtney Perlmutter, Charlotte Proudman and Zimran Samuel)

Media

Blogs and Articles

Television

News

Use of personal data in child safeguarding: opportunities and challenges

19th September 2018

Child safeguarding is necessarily a multi-agency exercise. Increasingly local authorities are beginning to take a data-based approach, combining data from across agencies to identify which families are most in need....

Case

Council justified in seeking £800k price tag for retirement scheme

24th July 2018

An Inspector has upheld Braintree District Council's decision to refuse permission for a retirement scheme, partly on the basis that the developer had failed to provide a policy driven affordable....

Case

Defamation, privacy, and public statements: a warning for the Brexit debate

7th June 2018

The High Court on Thursday 17 May accepted a statement in open court from Another Europe is Possible, an NGO campaigning against Brexit, in settlement of a defamation suit brought....

News

Sam Fowles gave lecture series at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies

12th March 2018

Cornerstone pupil Sam Fowles gave a lecture series entitled Environmental Law in a Global Context: Brexit, Trade, and Human Rights at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, University of London. The....

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Sam Fowles spoke at the Union Debating Society, University of St Andrews

15th February 2018

Cornerstone pupil, Sam Fowles, spoke at the Union Debating Society in Lower Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews, Scotland's version of the Oxford Union. Sam spoke alongside Robert MacGillivray, Regional....

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Sam Fowles spoke at Global Justice Now Trade Day

5th February 2018

Cornerstone pupil Sam Fowles gave the first speech at the Global Justice Now Trade Day, focusing on the issues for public and constitutional lawyers raided by post-Brexit trade agreements. Other....