Samantha is a Partner and Head of the Children Law Team, advising clients in both public law care cases (where the local authority intervenes in family life to protect the children) and private law cases.
Her specialist work includes adoption cases where family members wish to adopt children within the family or where people wish to adopt children from care. She has experience in inter-country adoption. Samantha is also experienced in assisting foster carers who wish to adopt the children in their care.
Samantha advises and represents children, parents and family members in court.
She is accredited to the Law Society's Children Panel (since 1998) and has acquired Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings) advocacy rights. She is also a member of the ALC (Association of Lawyers for Children) and Resolution (formerly the Solicitors' Family Law Association). She does committee work and training for Resolution and is a member of the Surrey Family Justice Council. Samantha has lectured this year on case law updates and on the recent legal changes.
She won the Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in 2008 and has been described as being "completely committed to her clients and is flexible and imaginative in the way she handles cases" (Chambers 2011) and a "very sensible and committed children lawyer who is a joy to work with" (Chambers 2012). Chambers 2013 note that she is "a hard-working and highly able lawyer who is empathetic and professional."
Samantha studied law at the University of Birmingham and completed her legal training in London in 1993. She joined Russell-Cooke in 2000 and has been a Partner since 2004.