5 Essex Court

Samantha Leek QC

Call 1993
Silk 2012

Public / Administrative

Sam appears in the Administrative Court on behalf of Police Forces and government departments. She undertakes all areas of public law work, including prison law, judicial review, human rights.

Recent Public/Administrative Law cases in addition to those included under Police Law:

Re Jonnie Meek  - Advising Clinical Commissioning Group with regard to  an application to the Attorney General for a fiat seeking a fresh inquest.  Alleged clinical negligence and insufficiency of inquiry.

Re Parkinson – Acting on behalf of HM Coroner for Kent in forthcoming judicial review of a number of decisions during the course of the inquest.  Alleged clinical negligence and insufficiency of inquiry.

Goode v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire [2013] EWHC 1726 (Admin) - Validity of a search warrant and the jurisdiction of the Crown Court to examine the circumstances of the issue of a warrant by a magistrates’ court

R (Sreedharan) v HM Coroner for Greater Manchester [2013] EWCA Civ 181 - Appeal to Court of Appeal concerning scope and ambit of coroners’ inquests.

R (De Menezes) v HM Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner South London [2008] EWHC 3356 - Urgent application for permission by the family of Jean Charles De Menezes, challenging the Coroner’s ruling which restricted the verdicts and questions to be left for the jury to consider.

R (Pounder) v (1) HM Coroner for North & South Districts of Durham & Darlington (Defendant) (2) Youth Justice Board (3) Serco Home Affairs Ltd (4) Lancashire County Council (Interested Parties) [2009] EWHC 76 (Admin) (Administrative Court) - Represented Serco Home Affairs Ltd, who operated Hassockfield Secure Training Centre, where Adam Rickwood had hanged himself in his cell, aged 14. The Claimant, Adam’s mother, applied for judicial review of a decision of the defendant coroner not to make any ruling as to the legality of a restraint used on Adam before his death.

R (Gunn) v MAPPA [2009] EWHC 1812 - Advised MAPPA in a JR in which the Claimant claimed that MAPPA had wrongly categorised him as Category 3, Level 3 according to the MAPPA Guidelines and accordingly imposed too stringent licence conditions.

JN (Cameroon) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 307 - Appeal against a decision of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal to uphold the SSHD’s deportation order.

MF (Jamaica) v SSHD [2007] EWCA (Civ) 1153 - Appeal against the decision of the AIT as to whether there was a subsisting marriage.

Singh v Chief Constable of West Midlands [2006] EWCA (Civ) 1118 - Challenge to the way in which West Midlands police had dealt with protests against the play Bezhti, which some members of the Sikh community found deeply offensive. The Claimant challenged the lawfulness of a direction to disperse protesters which had been issued on 16.12.04 pursuant to section 30(4) of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 (‘ASBA’).