- Clerk Name: Matthew Scanlan
- Clerk Telephone: 020 7583 8055
- Clerk Email: [email protected]
Sam Shurey is a specialist regulatory barrister practising in sports law and professional discipline who joined 3PB in January 2023. Sam was formerly a Regulatory Advocate at The Football Association (The FA), where he worked within the Regulatory Legal Team.
Sam represented The FA before Regulatory Commissions, Safeguarding Review Panels, and Appeal Boards. Sam also advised on investigations and the preparation of charges. Sam’s time at The FA (over three years) provided him with extensive sports law experience well beyond his call.
His busy caseload at The FA included a wide range of disciplinary and safeguarding issues arising from youth, grassroots, non-league, Football League, and Premier League football. He appeared for The FA against KC opposition, both as sole counsel and as part of a team. His cases were often serious, complex and high profile and as such, he is experienced at dealing with prominent sporting participants and the associated intense media coverage.
He is now taking instructions across all sports, acting for the regulator/governing body/league as well as defending sporting participants. For instance, Sam is currently instructed by the International Tennis Federation (the ITF) to provide legal support on regulatory, disciplinary and safeguarding issues.
His other specialist area of expertise is professional discipline. Formerly a barrister with a top-tier criminal set in London, Sam regularly appeared in professional disciplinary proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including lengthy and complex substantive hearings. Sam co-authored LexisNexis guidance on NMC procedure. He is now building a practice across a broad range of professional disciplinary work in areas including, but not limited to, healthcare, education, policing and the regulation of legal professionals.
A former criminal barrister, Sam amassed significant advocacy experience from appearing nationally at numerous Magistrates’ and Crown Courts including the Central Criminal Court (‘the Old Bailey’). In addition to serious general crime, Sam’s instructions included cases of financial wrongdoing, fraud, money laundering (as led junior to King’s Counsel) and POCA. For instance, he was instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority for a number of months to assist with an investigatory document review in a large regulatory case.
Many of Sam’s instructions at the criminal bar were privately funded and he often appeared on behalf of professionals or high-profile individuals. Sam dealt with expert evidence on issues such as mental health and he is particularly experienced at pursuing technical defences or legal arguments based on disclosure failings and procedural issues. Sam continues to accept private instructions in quasi-criminal matters ranging from contested cash forfeiture to shotgun licencing.
For further information on Sam’s specialist areas of work please see the expertise tabs below.
Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law
In addition to his sports disciplinary, regulatory, and safeguarding work, Sam also accepts instructions in professional disciplinary matters across a range of sectors, including but not limited to:
- Medical and healthcare practitioners
- Police Officers
- Legal professionals
Sam has appeared in a number of cases before the NMC including substantive and non-substantive hearings. Sam is experienced at mastering the technical facts necessary for the effective conduct of cases before professional tribunals.
Sam co-authored LexisNexis guidance on NMC procedure.
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GDC CPD: avoiding register erasure for non-compliance
26th Oct 2023
Sam Shurey reviews the Continuous Professional Development requirements prescribed by the General Dental Council for Dentists and Dental Professionals.
Sam examines the procedure adopted by the GDC in the event of non-compliance, and provides pointers for Practitioners seeking to avoid erasure from the register.
The standard of proof in sports disciplinary cases: when the balance of probabilities loses its footing
2nd May 2023
Sam Shurey analyses the case of The FA v Imran Louza and examines how to apply the "balance of probabilities" in sports disciplinary cases.