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Samantha Broadfoot

Samantha Broadfoot QC

YEAR OF CALL 1997SBroadfoot@landmarkchambers.co.uk

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Samantha’s practice encompasses a wide spectrum of public law challenges from immigration to regulatory matters to inquests in aircraft accidents.  Prior to becoming a QC in February 2017 she was on the Attorney-General’s A panel, having worked her way up through the lower panels as a junior barrister.  She acts for individuals and campaign groups seeking to bring public law challenges, as well as for a range of clients from central and local government, and regulators.  She has extensive experience both of judicial review and a range of statutory appeals.  She has also got experience of arbitration having spent the first half of 2014 involved in an arbitration against a water authority relating to Water Regulations. 

During the course of 2015 she developed a particular expertise in the law relating to Human Fertilisation and Embryology, having appeared for the Secretary of State for Health in the widely reported A & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam) and G, Re (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam) raising questions of compatibility of various provisions with the Human Rights Act. 

Samantha regularly appears in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and has been appointed Advocate to the Court on several occasions, most recently in Awuku v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 178 concerning whether the domestic rules of private international law on the recognition of marriage were incompatible with EU law.  In addition, Samantha has a particular interest in aviation and has acted in numerous cases for the Air Accident Investigation Branch in a range of air accident inquests with juries. 

Recommendations in the directories for Administrative & Public Law include: "Intellectually she is really impressive and her advocacy style is very attractive." "She has the ability to get on top of key issues very quickly." (Chambers and Partners 2017); "A delightful advocate, very hard-working, and she produces clear, thorough and well-reasoned arguments. Her analysis is always thoughtful and accurate, and she is a real team player as well. Completely reliable, hard-working and very nice" (Chambers and Partners 2016); "Absolutely delightful to deal with" (Legal 500, 2017). 

Recent cases of interest include:

Awuku v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 178 - rules of private international law, compatibility with EU law.

Z (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 157 - Legal Aid, costs of translations, family proceedings.

Mirza & Ors, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 63, [2017] INLR 325, [2017] Imm AR 716, [2017] WLR 85, [2017] 1 WLR 85, [2017] 3 All ER 824 - immigration, statutory construction.

A & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam); [2016] 1 All E.R. 273; [2015] 3 F.C.R. 555; (2015) 146 B.M.L.R. 123; [2015] Fam. Law 1333 – statutory construction, human rights, parenthood, declaration of incompatibility sought.

For more details of Samantha's practice, click the links below.

Jurisdiction / Procedural
Human Rights – Freedom of Speech
Regulatory – Professional Conduct
Immigration
Social Security
Standards in Public Life
Education – Schools Admissions
Regulatory – Cancellation of Care Home Registration
Regulatory – Suspension of Childminder Registration
Regulatory – Licensing and the Smoking Ban
Other – Vexatious Litigant