Chambers is delighted to announce the forthcoming appointment of Sam Momtaz as Queen’s Counsel, taking our tally of Silks to 13. The appointment will be effective on 13 February 2017.
Sam practices exclusively in children law, which mostly involves representing local authorities, parents and children in care proceedings. He appears in the most difficult, sensitive and challenging cases involving the protection of children. He is instructed in complex cases involving serious physical and sexual abuse and factitious disorders i.e. deliberately creating or exaggerating symptoms of an illness. His cases usually involve cross-examination of expert witnesses, from a wide variety of disciplines as well as vulnerable witnesses and children. Many of his cases have an international element and require consideration of the child's habitual residence and potential transfer to or from other jurisdictions. Sam is regularly instructed by local authorities to provide written opinions on complicated jurisdictional issues and their duties under statute and statutory instruments. He is also instructed on family-related judicial review and claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998.
Sam sits on the Bar Council's Equality Diversity and Social Mobility Committee and is a member of a panel appointed by the Home Office to conduct an independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales.