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Sam Smart

Associate, Barrister

Personal Profile

Sam is an Associate (Barrister) in the Dispute Resolution department with experience prosecuting and defending individuals and corporates in criminal and regulatory proceedings. He has been involved in a range of investigations and proceedings by the NCA, SFO, CPS, Insolvency Service and HMRC. He has particular expertise in fraud, money laundering and offences committed by company directors.

Sam has been instructed in cases involving regulatory bodies including the Financial Conduct Authority, the Health and Safety Executive, the England and Wales Cricket Board, as well as professional regulators such as the General Optical Council, General Dental Council, Architects Registration Board and Nursing and Midwifery Council. Sam also has international experience having advised clients in relation to multi-jurisdictional investigations and Interpol matters.

Before joining Mishcon, Sam was at a leading chambers where he specialised in prosecuting fraud and regulatory matters. He worked with the NCA's international corruption unit and the Insolvency Service's criminal enforcement unit, and was junior prosecution counsel in the trial of Boris Becker. Sam has considerable commercial experience, with ten years' experience working in industry before being called to the Bar.

Sam is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, and the Private Prosecutors' Association.

Key Experience

  • Acting as Junior prosecution counsel in prosecution of former professional tennis player Boris Becker.
  • Advising a regulator on regulatory proceedings in relation to purported breaches of COVID regulations.
  • Advising a high-net-worth individual accused of conspiracy to murder in an alleged assassination plot.  
  • Successfully defending a wasted costs application against a senior civil service lawyer.
  • Providing disclosure advice to the NCA in bribery and corruption cases.
  • Acting for a multinational corporation in an internal investigation into suspected corruption.
  • Advising an Executive of Cambridge Analytica in relation to the Facebook data breach scandal.
  • Advising corporate clients on a variety of issues such as criminal/regulatory liability, private prosecutions, SARs, and disclosure.
  • Obtaining a removal of an Interpol red notice.
  • Representing a DEI consultant and successfully discharging an indefinite restraining order made in favour of a police officer.

Career History

Associate (Barrister), Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate (Barrister) (Secondment), Kingsley Napley
Barrister, Red Lion Chambers
BPP Law School, GDL & BPTC
Multiple roles, Diageo PLC
Newcastle University, BA(Hons) English Literature 

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