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Sam Rose

Managing associate


Areas of expertise: Charities, Education


Sam is a managing associate in the firm’s charities and education sector groups. Her practice is focused on advising charities, and in particular higher education institutions, on compliance with consumer law, public law challenges, governance, student-related matters (including fitness to study and fitness to practise), disciplinary cases, complaints and disputes relating to teaching and assessment, and the Equality Act. She also advises on information law, including complex freedom of information requests and data subject access requests.

Before joining the firm, Sam was the interim head of strategic litigation for the Consumers' Association (better known as Which?). As part of her role, Sam engaged with Government departments and regulators, including the Competition and Markets Authority, Civil Aviation Authority and Office for Product Safety and Standards, and participated in the European Commission's REFIT exercise, reviewing the consumer law acquis. She was also actively involved with BEUC (the European consumer organisation).

Before joining Which? Sam worked as an education law specialist at the University of Oxford. She focused on student disciplinary matters, student and applicant complaints and claims, consumer law, Equality Act issues and matters of university governance and policy. She also assisted on a range of complex data protection and freedom of information issues.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on data protection issues in a complex contentious matter.
  • Providing guidance on a higher education matter involving potentially competing issues under the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Assisting on higher education regulatory requirements, including for the Office for Students and Competition and Markets Authority.

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