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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, appearing in many of the leading public law cases of recent years.

He maintains a broad practice with a particular interest in Public and Constitutional Law,  Planning and Environmental law, Data Protection and Privacy, and Freedom of Information. 

"Many many thanks to Sam for great advocacy in submissions and response. Huge talent and commitment. Star in the making! If not made" - Christopher Stanley, solicitor 

Overview

Cases

Tribunal to hear second half of appeal to the Department for International Trade’s refusal to disclose Brexit trade papers
10.02.2020
On Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020 the First-tier Tribunal will hear the last two days of an appeal to the Department for International Trade's refusal to disclose Brexit....

FOI: US trade working group papers released
29.11.2019
This week the Labour Party released unredacted records of the UK's trade working group negotiations with the United States. The documents concern negotiations about the NHS, drug pricing, data protection,....

General Election: SNP seek judicial review of exclusion from the leaders debate
18.11.2019
Philip Coppel QC and Sam Fowles have been instructed by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to challenge ITV's decision to exclude Nicola Sturgeon from the leaders debate on Tuesday 19....

Sam Fowles has been instructed to obtain the Russia Report
15.11.2019
Dr Sam Fowles will act for the Bureau of Investigative Journalists to seek to obtain disclosure of the report of the Intelligence and Security Committee into Russian interference in UK....

Supreme Court's case Cherry/Miller: What’s Next?
03.10.2019

Cherry/Miller v Prime Minister

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Brexit is reversible and potentially unlawful - the European Court and the High Court rule on Article 50 and rule breaking in elections
11.12.2018
Dr Sam Fowles comments on two major constitutional cases on the BBC and in The Independent. In Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU the Court of....

News

Coronavirus police powers: know your rights
09.04.2020
By Dr Sam Fowles and Yvonne Kestler (solicitor, Leigh Day). The UK is in lockdown. The Government has advised people to remain in their homes and Parliament has passed extraordinary legislation....

Supreme Court judicial review challenge to the prorogation of Parliament
17.09.2019
Dr Sam Fowles will be in the Supreme Court this week (17-19 September) as part of the legal team who is representing Joanna Cherry MP and other MPs in Cherry/Miller v Prime....

Dr Sam Fowles' BBC interview about the Northern Ireland Bill and its implications for no-deal Brexit
22.07.2019
Sam Fowles was on BBC News on 18 July to discuss the amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill and its implications for a potential parliament's prorogation to stop a no-deal....

The Three Minute Brief - When is someone 'intentionally homeless'?
04.07.2019

Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

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The Three Minute Brief - Can the Prime Minister prorogue Parliament to deliver a No Deal Brexit?
12.06.2019
In this week's video, Sam Fowles explores the Prime Minister's power to prorogue Parliament to deliver a No Deal Brexit and how such a constitutional crisis could be worked out....

The Three Minute Brief - school protests in Birmingham and anti-social behaviour
06.06.2019
In this week's video, Sam Fowles is joined by anti-social behaviour law expert and Cornerstone Barristers member Kuljit Bhogal to discuss Birmingham City Council's injunction preventing protests outside schools teaching....

The Three Minute Brief - domestic violence and local authority powers
30.05.2019
In this week's Three Minute Brief, Sam Fowles focuses on the powers that local authorities and housing providers have to protect women and men from domestic violence. In particular, he....

The Three Minute Brief - Caster Semenya: Human Rights And Proportionality
13.05.2019
When can public bodies discriminate against individuals? The Caster Semenya decision raises important human rights issues for both international and domestic lawyers. Sam breaks down the Court of Arbitration for....

Dr Sam Fowles' Recommendations Adopted by Lords Constitution Committee
01.05.2019
The House of Lords Constitution Committee published its report into parliamentary scrutiny of international treaties, recommending substantial reform amounting to constitutional change. International treaties, such as trade agreements, can have....

The Three Minute Brief: Privacy and the Police
30.04.2019
Privacy and the Police: Met mistaken to rely on consent says Dr Sam Fowles In the first post of a new video blog on the legal issues on cutting edge legal....

Joint Committee on Human Rights adopts Dr Sam Fowles’ recommendations on human rights in international treaties
13.03.2019
The Joint Committee on Human Rights yesterday published its report into human rights in international agreements. Dr Sam Fowles appeared as an expert witness before the Committee during its inquiry. The....

Sam Fowles gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights
23.01.2019
Sam gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday 23 January as part of the Committee's inquiry into Human Rights Protections in International Agreements.  The session focused on human rights protections in....

Events

Housing Day 2019
02.10.2019

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The Cornerstone Housing Team is delighted to inform you that we are now taking bookings for this year's Housing Day.  Housing Day 2019 will provide you with a thorough analysis of....

Overview

Cases

Tribunal to hear second half of appeal to the Department for International Trade’s refusal to disclose Brexit trade papers
10.02.2020
On Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020 the First-tier Tribunal will hear the last two days of an appeal to the Department for International Trade's refusal to disclose Brexit....

FOI: US trade working group papers released
29.11.2019
This week the Labour Party released unredacted records of the UK's trade working group negotiations with the United States. The documents concern negotiations about the NHS, drug pricing, data protection,....

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

The Three Minute Brief - British Airways and Marriott Hotels: GDPR fines
11.07.2019
A few days ago, the Information Commissioner has stated an intention to impose two of the largest ever data breach fines on British Airways and Marriott Hotels. In this week's video, Sam....

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....

Overview

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....

News

Budget 2020: Infrastructure Bonanza (in theory)
11.03.2020
By Sam Fowles The new Chancellor's first budget includes some eye-catching infrastructure spending commitments which could herald a bonanza for both housing and infrastructure development. What is not clear, however, is....

Dr Sam Fowles' Recommendations Adopted by Lords Constitution Committee
01.05.2019
The House of Lords Constitution Committee published its report into parliamentary scrutiny of international treaties, recommending substantial reform amounting to constitutional change. International treaties, such as trade agreements, can have....

Overview

Cases

Possession on the domestic violence ground (without proving domestic violence)
28.02.2019
Paragraph 14A of Part 2 of Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988 provides that a social landlord may gain possession of a property where it is occupied by a....

News

Litigation in lockdown: the housing cases receiving pandemic priority
07.04.2020
From ministerial intent, to clarification, legislation and Civil Procedural Rule Amendment: we now have some clarity about the cases the courts will not be dealing with, certainly in the 90....

The Three Minute Brief - When is someone 'intentionally homeless'?
04.07.2019

Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

....

Events

Zoom webinar - Litigation in lockdown: the housing cases receiving pandemic priority
22.04.2020


Cornerstone Barristers published a briefing on 7 April 2020 on the current state of play with regards to housing work (especially in the courts) and Covid 19. The authors of that....

Housing Day 2019
02.10.2019

1
The Cornerstone Housing Team is delighted to inform you that we are now taking bookings for this year's Housing Day.  Housing Day 2019 will provide you with a thorough analysis of....

Overview

Overview

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: Public Law and Judicial Review

Coronavirus police powers: know your rights

9th April 2020

By Dr Sam Fowles and Yvonne Kestler (solicitor, Leigh Day). The UK is in lockdown. The Government has advised people to remain in their homes and Parliament has passed extraordinary legislation....

News: Housing

Litigation in lockdown: the housing cases receiving pandemic priority

7th April 2020

From ministerial intent, to clarification, legislation and Civil Procedural Rule Amendment: we now have some clarity about the cases the courts will not be dealing with, certainly in the 90....

News: Planning and Environment

Budget 2020: Infrastructure Bonanza (in theory)

11th March 2020

By Sam Fowles The new Chancellor's first budget includes some eye-catching infrastructure spending commitments which could herald a bonanza for both housing and infrastructure development. What is not clear, however, is....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Information Law

Tribunal to hear second half of appeal to the Department for International Trade’s refusal to disclose Brexit trade papers

10th February 2020

On Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020 the First-tier Tribunal will hear the last two days of an appeal to the Department for International Trade's refusal to disclose Brexit....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Information Law

FOI: US trade working group papers released

29th November 2019

This week the Labour Party released unredacted records of the UK's trade working group negotiations with the United States. The documents concern negotiations about the NHS, drug pricing, data protection,....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

General Election: SNP seek judicial review of exclusion from the leaders debate

18th November 2019

Philip Coppel QC and Sam Fowles have been instructed by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to challenge ITV's decision to exclude Nicola Sturgeon from the leaders debate on Tuesday 19....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

Sam Fowles has been instructed to obtain the Russia Report

15th November 2019

Dr Sam Fowles will act for the Bureau of Investigative Journalists to seek to obtain disclosure of the report of the Intelligence and Security Committee into Russian interference in UK....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

Supreme Court's case Cherry/Miller: What’s Next?

3rd October 2019

Cherry/Miller v Prime Minister

....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

Supreme Court judicial review challenge to the prorogation of Parliament

17th September 2019

Dr Sam Fowles will be in the Supreme Court this week (17-19 September) as part of the legal team who is representing Joanna Cherry MP and other MPs in Cherry/Miller v Prime....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

Dr Sam Fowles' BBC interview about the Northern Ireland Bill and its implications for no-deal Brexit

22nd July 2019

Sam Fowles was on BBC News on 18 July to discuss the amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill and its implications for a potential parliament's prorogation to stop a no-deal....

News: Information Law

The Three Minute Brief - British Airways and Marriott Hotels: GDPR fines

11th July 2019

A few days ago, the Information Commissioner has stated an intention to impose two of the largest ever data breach fines on British Airways and Marriott Hotels. In this week's video, Sam....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

The Three Minute Brief - When is someone 'intentionally homeless'?

4th July 2019

Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

The Three Minute Brief - Can the Prime Minister prorogue Parliament to deliver a No Deal Brexit?

12th June 2019

In this week's video, Sam Fowles explores the Prime Minister's power to prorogue Parliament to deliver a No Deal Brexit and how such a constitutional crisis could be worked out....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

The Three Minute Brief - school protests in Birmingham and anti-social behaviour

6th June 2019

In this week's video, Sam Fowles is joined by anti-social behaviour law expert and Cornerstone Barristers member Kuljit Bhogal to discuss Birmingham City Council's injunction preventing protests outside schools teaching....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

The Three Minute Brief - domestic violence and local authority powers

30th May 2019

In this week's Three Minute Brief, Sam Fowles focuses on the powers that local authorities and housing providers have to protect women and men from domestic violence. In particular, he....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

The Three Minute Brief - Caster Semenya: Human Rights And Proportionality

13th May 2019

When can public bodies discriminate against individuals? The Caster Semenya decision raises important human rights issues for both international and domestic lawyers. Sam breaks down the Court of Arbitration for....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

Dr Sam Fowles' Recommendations Adopted by Lords Constitution Committee

1st May 2019

The House of Lords Constitution Committee published its report into parliamentary scrutiny of international treaties, recommending substantial reform amounting to constitutional change. International treaties, such as trade agreements, can have....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

The Three Minute Brief: Privacy and the Police

30th April 2019

Privacy and the Police: Met mistaken to rely on consent says Dr Sam Fowles In the first post of a new video blog on the legal issues on cutting edge legal....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

Joint Committee on Human Rights adopts Dr Sam Fowles’ recommendations on human rights in international treaties

13th March 2019

The Joint Committee on Human Rights yesterday published its report into human rights in international agreements. Dr Sam Fowles appeared as an expert witness before the Committee during its inquiry. The....

Case: Housing

Possession on the domestic violence ground (without proving domestic violence)

28th February 2019

Paragraph 14A of Part 2 of Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1988 provides that a social landlord may gain possession of a property where it is occupied by a....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

Sam Fowles gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

23rd January 2019

Sam gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday 23 January as part of the Committee's inquiry into Human Rights Protections in International Agreements.  The session focused on human rights protections in....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

Brexit is reversible and potentially unlawful - the European Court and the High Court rule on Article 50 and rule breaking in elections

11th December 2018

Dr Sam Fowles comments on two major constitutional cases on the BBC and in The Independent. In Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU the Court of....

News: Information Law

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: Planning and Environment

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: Information Law

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....

News:

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....

News:

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....