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5 Essex Court

Samantha Leek

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Police Law: Mainly Defendant , Inquests & Public Inquiries
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Police Law: Mainly Defendant - All Circuits

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Samantha Leek QC
Highly respected for her representation of police forces in inquests and inquiries. She has a particular focus on police shootings and deaths in custody, and is also experienced in criminal and disciplinary proceedings. 
Strengths: "She is very well liked by police forces. Her reputation is very good and she is in demand." "Highly impressive."
Recent work: Instructed by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester to determine whether the inquest into the death of Jalal Uddin should be resumed.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

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Samantha Leek QC
Strong choice to represent coroners and state agents in sensitive inquests. She has particular expertise in inquests arising out of police shootings and deaths in prison. She also represents institutions as central core participants in high-profile public inquiries.
Strengths: "Deals with difficult issues incredibly well, but also provides the necessary degree of client care you would expect." "She is at the top of her game – exceptionally good." "Samantha has a brilliant range of experience. She is an excellent advocate and clients love her."
Recent work: Represented the Home Secretary in the London Bridge terror attack inquests. The 2017 attack resulted in eight deaths and left 48 injured, including members of the public and police officers.
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Sam practises in all areas of police and government law, including inquests, civil actions, judicial review, public inquiries and advice on policy. Particular expertise in inquests and civil claims arising out of terrorist attacks; the police use of firearms and deaths in police and prison custody. She has represented Coroners, police forces (including individual officers), government departments, private companies and the NCA in numerous recent high-profile inquests and public inquiries including: Grenfell Tower Inquiry; Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry; Westminster Bridge Inquests; London Bridge Inquests; Fishmongers’ Hall Inquests; Undercover Policing Inquiry; Tunisia Inquests; Bataclan Theatre Inquest and Inquests into the Sri Lanka bombings. Counsel to the Chief Coroner in the Inquest into the death of Dr Abbas Khan while in prison in Syria. Counsel to HMG in the fresh inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings. Hillsborough Inquests, Mark Duggan Inquest (representing the NCA), Public Inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney (representing forearms officer), Inquest into the death of Jean-Charles De Menezes.

Career

Called in 1993 Silk 2012 Treasury C Panel 1999 Treasury B Panel 2003 Treasury A Panel 2009

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ALBA PIBA

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Samantha Leek

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