5 Essex Court

Samantha Leek QC

Call 1993
Silk 2012


Sam is ranked as a leading silk. Her practice focuses on inquests and public inquiries and related litigation, human rights, public law and claims against the police, government departments and other public bodies.

Sam acts for a range of clients in high profile cases. She is rated for her "pitch perfect advocacy" and is described as “A go-to counsel” (Legal 500) who is “Incredibly charming”, “she’s also very tough: if she were representing you, you would be over the moon” (Chambers UK).

Notable examples of Sam’s inquest work include: inquests into the deaths of: the victims of the Westminster Bridge and London / Bridge terrorist attacks; 96 Hillsborough victims, Mark Duggan; Jean Charles de Menezes and the victims of the Tunisia shootings. Sam  also represented HMG in the inquest into the Birmingham Pub Bombings and acted on behalf of Serco in the inquest into the death of Lorraine Barwell (the first Prisoner Custody Officer to be killed by a prisoner whilst on duty).

Public inquiries include: Marchioness Inquiry, Azelle Rodney Inquiry, Anthony Grainger Inquiry, Undercover Policing Inquiry, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


Brown v Premier (inquest / civil proceedings) – death relating to alleged failures in healthcare.

Care standards

 Represented Secretary of State for Health in an appeal by a Registered Mental Nurse (Rosemary Vargas) against her inclusion on the protection of Vulnerable Adults List and Protection of Children list.  

 Advised Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families in relation to an appeal against his inclusion on the Protection of Children list to the Care Standards Tribunal under section 144 of the Education Act 2002.

 Judicial reviews (Dedman / Noble) surrounding disclosure of NMC disciplinary findings relating to nurses.   NB – relationship between discipline / inspections / disclosure. 

Clinical negligence / disciplinary issues in prison / hospital  cases

 Sam has acted in literally hundreds of cases relating to injuries and failure properly to treat in prison, including:

  • Zoppola – paraplegic in prison – failure to diagnose and treat pressure sore, resulting in surgery and skin graft
  • Abdul–Latif – alleged failure to diagnose fracture
  • Moss – negligent treatment of burns to arm
  • Carmody – failure to diagnose peritonitis
  • McCrossan – negligent treatment of inmate – whether intracerebral bleed was due to trauma or spontaneous bleed.
  •  Jonny Meek (dec’d) – application for AG’s fiat to reopen inquest into death following alleged clinical negligence of treating hospital – fresh evidence case. 
  • Numerous suicides related to alleged failures in treatment for psychiatric injury.