Sam Fowles is a lawyer, academic, and writer. He is a barrister at Cornerstone Barristers and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. Sam advises MPs, NGOs, and private clients on all areas of law and policy. He appears regularly in national and international media.
Sam specialises in constitutional, information, planning and environment, and international law. His high profile work has included advising the Shadow Cabinet on the requirement for EU elections on postponement of Brexit, numerous high risk companies and NGO on data protection and privacy, and acting for the petitioners in a judicial review challenge to prevent the Prime Minister proroguing Parliament.
Sam grew up in Pershore, Worcestershire. He attended the University of St Andrews where he was elected Students Association Director of Representation in his final year. Sam took a year-long sabbatical to represent St Andrews students nationally, campaigning on tuition fees, access to education, and gender equality. Sam worked closely with the Lord Rector of St Andrews, Alistair Moffat, leading Moffat’s successful campaign for election against Lord Forsyth, and collaborating with Moffat and the Vice Chancellor, Louise Richardson, to end the exclusion of women from some of the university’s oldest traditions.
Sam attended law school at the University of Birmingham before completing a PhD in Law, studying at the University of London and University of Sydney. While studying for his PhD Sam worked as a researcher for Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC (Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law), focusing on governance in South Africa. He also collaborated with Felicity Gerry QC and the Bar Human Rights Council to develop new laws and policies on female genital mutilation (FGM). These form the basis of current government policy on FGM. Sam led a project for Mishcon de Reya LLP examining the constitutional implications of international investment treaties, visiting Georgetown Law Centre in Washington DC. During this time he was also a visiting lecturer at the University of London Institute in Paris and a Cumberland Lodge Scholar.
Sam played a significant role in the EU Referendum, as a spokesperson for Another Europe is Possible, regularly appearing in national and local media. He is now regularly sought after to advise MPs and NGOs on constitutional, EU, environmental, and trade issues. He is currently working on amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill 2017.
Sam was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.