Sam Healey is a partner in the Business Crime and Regulation team and has substantial knowledge and experience in handling complex and serious cases. He works nationally with many of his cases having an international element. His experience and expertise is vast, having particular emphasis in handling matters relating to:

Sam is regularly instructed to represent corporates, individuals and professionals. He is someone clients always want by their side given his robust and pragmatic approach in representing and protecting their position. He identifies immediately the salient issues, is able to navigate his way around complex legal and factual issues in a case and has a meticulous eye for detail.

Sam also has a Masters in Law having completed work in considering the changes to the regulatory framework of financial institutions, in particular, the banks. This work was completed during the transition of regulation from the FSA to the FCA and PRA. The focus of his work was to consider whether the new proposals to regulate financial institutions would be sufficient to prevent a future financial crisis and perfectly places him to assist in all Fraud, Financial Crime and Regulatory related offences.

In March 2024 Sam was awarded crime lawyer of the year at The Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards.


  • North West Fraud Forum
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)
  • Private Prosecutors’ Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association

Notable Cases

Business Crime & Corporate & Professional Regulation

R v SW – SFO prosecution following the Unaoil investigation.  Allegations of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, alleged international bribery and corruption to secure contracts worth in total in excess of £1billion, in post-war Iraq. Conviction quashed following Appeal.

R v BB – Conspiracy to defraud, finance fraud, ten defendants, conservative loss estimated at £250 million. Acquitted. Southwark Crown Court, London.

R v CM – Conspiracy to defraud, representing the Registered Manager in proceedings brought against a care home, alongside eight other defendants. Three decades of alleged financial abuse resulting in a financial benefit in excess of £30 million. Reported as the longest trial in the Court’s history. Acquitted. Liverpool Crown Court.

R v AS - Conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, along with 15 co-defendants, to import tobacco under cover loads thus avoiding the requirement to pay excise duty. Loss to HMRC of £12 million. Manchester Crown Court.

R v DC – Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Alleged large scale fraud and blackmail over a number of years. Multiple companies and individuals falsely presenting themselves as debt collection agencies. Client acquitted. Nottingham Crown Court.

R v LS – Company Director. Alleged offences of conspiracy to defraud and consumer protection from unfair trading regulations – misleading and aggressive commercial practice. Financial benefit in excess of £1.5 million. Leeds Crown Court.

R v JM – Alleged offences of money lending without a licence (Financial Services and Markets Act) and money laundering. Unlicensed money lending over 8 years resulting in a financial benefit of in excess of £1 million. Preston Crown Court. 

R v SM – Represented Company owner, alleged offences of unauthorised use of Registered Trade mark and Money Laundering offences. Relates to selling of items online, imported from abroad. Confiscation proceedings and subsequent application for an order confirming an inadequacy in the available amount. Preston Crown Court.

R v NA – Represented Director, twelve counts of alleged fraud by false representation and offences under Companies Act and Insolvency Act, over a two year period amounting to in excess of £100,000 obtained from multiple companies. Prosecution brought by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Suspended sentence, no confiscation proceedings. Chester Crown Court.

Serious Motoring Offences

R v ML – Allegation of causing death by careless driving. Client insisted that we represented her over the proposed insurance panel Solicitor. Acquitted. Burnley Crown Court.

R v WD – Allegation of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence. Case on-going. 

R v DB – Allegation of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Suggested speed in excess of 100 mph. Acquitted. Bolton Crown Court.

R v FK – Allegation of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Suggested to have lost control in the rain when overtaking a section of wet road incorporating tram tracks (Sheffield Super-tram network). Acquitted. Sheffield Crown Court.

R v HC – Allegation of driving without due care and attention, fail to stop and fail to report a road traffic collision. CPS discontinued proceedings (Acquitted). Wasted costs order granted. Ipswich Magistrates Court. 

R v DG – Allegation of careless driving and driving whilst unfit due to drugs. Complex issues relating to the presence of prescribed medication. Following representations with the support of a forensic toxicologist, the CPS discontinued the proceedings (Acquitted). Defence costs order granted. Nottingham Crown Court.

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