Clerking team

Louise Gold

Lead Clerk, Crime

Jessica Bull

Junior Clerk, Crime

Jack Paxton

Junior Clerk, Crime

During his first six months of pupillage, Sam shadowed Dermot Hughes and observed a wide range of proceedings including:

  • Trials (including murder, serious violence, sexual offences, drug offences and domestic violence)
  • Sentence hearings
  • Appeals (CACD)
  • Plea and trial preparation hearings
  • Probation hearings
  • Bail applications

Sam has also spent time with members in the Magistrates’ court and has gained significant exposure to both prosecution and defence work. While working with his supervisor, Sam has drafted sentencing notes, bail applications, bad character applications, advice on appeal, advice on evidence and more.


  • Bar Course, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (2022)
  • Law LLB, 2:1, University of Leeds (2020)

Scholarships and awards

  • Exhibition Scholarship, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2020)
  • Head of School’s List 2018 (Top 10% of year) School of Law, University of Leeds