Samantha Powis

Year of Call: 1985
Print Profile

Career background

After pupillage in London, joined the Prosecuting Solicitors  - now CPS.   Employed at Inner London, then Humberside, for several years, then returned to West Midlands CPS as a Senior Crown Prosecutor, with a varied workload which included preparation and conduct of grave and substantial cases.  In 1993 returned to the Bar, joined 7 Fountain Court, and later moved to 6 Fountain Court  (now Cornwall Street Chambers).    Joined Citadel in February 2010. 

Practice details

Specialist criminal practitioner, instructed in a wide variety of serious criminal cases, on behalf of defence and prosecution (Grade 4 Panel Advocate).       Frequently involved in cases heard at Wolverhampton and Worcester Crown Courts, but does appear at Courts throughout the Midland Circuit.      Experienced in dealing with all types of crime - homicide and other non-fatal offences against the person, drugs, fraud and other offences of dishonesty.   Has extensive experience in cases involving allegations of sexual offences against adults and children, both instant and historic cases, and therefore fully conversant with the relevant disclosure / public immunity issues.   Regularly instructed in cases involving young child witnesses, or others vulnerable by reason of mental or other infirmity, and has appeared in numerous cases involving allegations of non-sexual offences against children : homicide, assaults, and child cruelty.    

Notable previous instructions have included :

  • defence junior in trial of adoptive parents charged with homicide of young child by 'salt poisoning' :  case involved complex medical evidence
  • represented defendant charged with murder, body found in local graveyard
  • defence junior, 'love triangle' case, two elderly defendants charged with murder, body found in local river 
  • appeared for the Crown in R -v- Hanson, which ultimately  (with other appeals) became one of the leading authorities on the bad character provisions in the CJA 2003.