“She’s absolutely fantastic and goes above and beyond what she needs to do. Brilliant with clients, she’s approachable and enormously helpful.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Year of Call: 2006
MA Law Cambridge University
Qualified Collaborative Lawyer
Trained Family Mediator
Praised by clients, colleagues and the legal directories alike, Samantha specialises in complex and high-value financial disputes and in contentious private law children cases. She is a fearless advocate with a keen intellect, yet possesses a warm and approachable manner that puts clients at ease.
Samantha is in high demand from clients with complex financial circumstances, both domestic and international. She is known for her meticulous preparation, and her understanding of the corporate world. She speaks French and Spanish, and worked for a top London law firm before joining the bar, giving her a good grounding in corporate law.
In addition to representing married or formerly married clients in financial disputes, Samantha has considerable expertise in financial cases relating to children (Schedule 1 cases) where the parents may not have been married and claims by unmarried cohabitants under trusts of land legislation. This is a specialist area, and Samantha is widely recognised for her skill and success in representing her clients who find themselves in a very different legal landscape to married couples. She is recognised as an expert in complex and high value cases.
Samantha’s financial practice is complemented by her work on cases concerning living and contact arrangements for children, both within this country and internationally. She is often instructed in factually complex and difficult cases in which her charm, down-to-earth professionalism and unwavering support are appreciated by clients involved in litigation over their children’s futures.
Samantha is also trained as a collaborative lawyer and believes passionately that for the right cases, out-of-court dispute resolution can bring a speedier and more dignified resolution.
Samantha has co-written the relocation chapter in the re-published, Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters 2016.
Family practitioner handling a variety of private law matters relating to both family finance and children. Her specialism lies in high-value matrimonial disputes, Schedule 1 and leave to remove cases. She is frequently sought out to provide a pre-emptive insight on developing problems before proceedings are issued.
Strengths: “She’s absolutely fantastic and goes above and beyond what she needs to do. Brilliant with clients, she’s approachable and enormously helpful.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
‘She is excellent in difficult money cases involving a need for sensitive management.’
Legal 500, 2017
Family practitioner handling a variety of private law matters relating to both family finance and children. Her specialism lies in high-value matrimonial disputes, Schedule 1 and leave to remove cases.
Strengths: “She has a fantastic manner and goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
‘Incredible with clients and feisty if needs be.’
The Legal 500, 2016
Regarded by her peers as a rising force in the field. She previously qualified as a solicitor and focuses her practice on matrimonial finance and private children work. Sources are quick to praise her preparation and work ethic.
Strengths: “She prepares thoroughly and produces very high-quality documents. She has got a very engaging, lively personality and even though she is young she radiates authority. The clients trust her.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
‘She is extremely personable and immediately establishes a fantastic and empathetic rapport with clients.’ ‘Punches above her weight, and is a superb advocate.’
The Legal 500, 2015
A rising junior dealing with high-value financial disputes and contentious private law children matters. “A pleasure to work with and someone who is very on top of the facts. She’s very good with clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
Samantha Woodham – A star of the future with infectious energy and enthusiasm.
The Legal 500, 2014
Debuts in the rankings this year and is gaining much recognition for her work relating to financial remedy cases and trusts of land applications. “A star of the future, who gives her all to clients and works incredibly hard to get the right result.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
The ‘endlessly charming’ Samantha Woodham
The Legal 500, 2013