Democracy and Power: Upholding the Law – Perlugo interviews Sam Fowles

22 Jul 2022

Sam Fowles was interviewed by Perlego about his career as a barrister arguing leading constitutional cases and the launch of his first book, ‘Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases’.

Sam specialises in public and constitutional law, his recent cases include Hamilton and Ors v Post Office (the “Horizon Scandal” appeals), the parliamentary inquiry into the policing of the vigil for Sarah Everard at Clapham Common, and Miller/Cherry v Prime Minister (concerning the prorogation of parliament). In the interview Sam talks about his experience arguing high profile and complex matters (often as a sole advocate against far more senior opposition) at such an early stage of his career. He says:

I’ve been accused of being ‘an enemy of the people’ and ‘betraying the country’. That can be unpleasant, but a barrister’s job is to represent their client and win the case. It doesn’t matter what people are yelling or writing about you; your sole concern is to get the best results for your clients.

Read the full interview by Lucy Hoyle here:

‘Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases’ examines, through eight of Sams cases, the impact of the last decade of political turmoil on our legal system and on our daily lives. For more information or to purchase a copy click here.