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Samantha Paxman

Samantha Paxman

Samantha Paxman

Barrister (Partner)

About Samantha

Called to the Bar in 2011 Sam completed pupillage with Browne Jacobson in May 2014 as the Firm’s second internal pupil. She is one of the senior members of Browne Jacobson’s Barristers team which provides nationwide advocacy services across a spectrum of legal disciplines. She has an extensive civil, regulatory and public law practise alongside managing and supervising the work of junior barristers and advocates.

As one of the firm’s most experienced barristers, Sam is a trusted advocate in high profile and complex inquests for clients across the public sector. Sam has particular specialism in inquests engaging article 2 and before a jury, such as Offender Health inquests. Sam was one of four barristers in the team that represented a mental health trust in a number of offender health inquests relating to a “cluster” of deaths in close proximity at the same prison. As well as protecting the Trust’s interests in each individual inquest, Sam advised on themes and systemic issues across the cluster.

Sam utilises her knowledge of mental health law in her growing Court of Protection practice, acting on behalf of primary, acute and mental healthcare Trusts, CCGs and local authorities in s21a, s16 and serious medical treatment cases before all tiers of the Court of Protection. She is trusted by clients to provide pragmatic, straightforward advice and representation in court and at advocates/round table meetings whilst drafting orders and position statements with precision and focus. Sam is adept at working with other parties towards the common best interests aim whilst robustly presenting her client’s position.

In her civil practice, Sam is frequently instructed for contested hearings in relation to complex, high value medical negligence and personal injury claims. She also receives drafting instructions in relation to applications, pleadings and Counsel’s advice on quantum and liability.

Named as a “rising star” in the Legal 500 for Professional Disciplinary work in both 2019 and 2020, Sam has acted as a Presenting Officer for the Teaching Regulation Agency (and its predecessors) since 2012 having conduct of over 100 cases and presenting more than 60 cases at final hearing. Sam’s experience in this field see her undertaking the most complex, lengthy and high profile cases. Most recently this included the successful prosecution of a high profile and politically sensitive case against the former CEO and Executive Headteacher of a large Multi-Academy Trust for failing to comply with recognised procedures and practices in relation to the accounting of public funds. Another key aspect of Sam’s education practice is the representation of schools and local authorities before the First and Upper Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) defending disability discrimination claims and special education needs appeals. Of particular note is Sam’s representation of the Governing body of the School in the high profile case of C & C v The Governing Body of a School, The Secretary of State for Education (First Interested Party) and The National Autistic Society (Second Interested Party) (SEN): [2018] UKUT 269 (AAC). Sam represented the Governing Body throughout the duration of proceedings before the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunal with no adverse findings being made against the school. Sam also has experience in representing Schools in discrimination claims before the civil courts.

Sam experience in the Coronial Court also sees her accepting instructions to represent Schools in inquests.

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