About me

For the last six years, I have sadly been involved in either financial or Children Act proceedings with my children’s paternal family. I recognise first hand how stressful court proceedings are and how difficult it is for people of low to moderate incomes to access any kind of advice or support. At times I have represented myself but have been fortunate enough to be able to engage a solicitor/barrister on occasions.

Whilst most of my personal experience has been in Children Act law, I have taken my recent Central Law Training courses in mainly financial matrimonial/cohabitant law.

My passion for family law began with my career as a legal secretary in the legal aid sector between 2000-2007. I was very hands on, fielding all telephone calls and going to court with clients in a moral support capacity/ assistant to a barrister. Due to my maternity leave and redundancy, I did not work in family law professionally from 2007 to 2010, but built upon my knowledge and experience from being personally embroiled in Children Act and financial proceedings over the last 6 years.

From my numerous appearances in court, sometimes as a litigant in person (self represented) or with a solicitor/barrister, I have developed a keen insight into the workings of the judge, CAFCASS and the advocates. Please see below my qualifications & certificates and my services page for more information on how I can help.

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My Professional Memberships & Qualifications

Central Law Training

  • Certificate in Family Law and Procedure (21-22 April 2016)
  • Effective Drafting in Matrimonial Finance (13 June 2016)
  • Advocacy in Matrimonial Finance (12 September 2016)
  • Masterclass in Unmarried Couples, Separation and ToLATA Claims (29 September 2016)
  • The Average Money Divorce: a Junior Lawyers Guide to Success (17 October 2016)

Webinars

    • Childs Pay: Schedule 1 Financial Children Act Applications
    • Conducting Financial Cases before the District Judge
    • Deeds of Separation: The Essentials
    • Financial Orders: Practical Enforcement
    • Drafting the S.25 Witness Statement in Financial Provision Cases
    • Latest Guidance; Psychologists as Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts
    • Constructive Trusts and Proprietary Estoppel Claims
    • Declarations of Trust and Restrictions

Other Qualifications

  • ILEX (Institute of Legal Executives) paralegal vocational certificates (2004/2005)

Membership

  • Resolution: First for Family Law
  • Society of Professional McKenzie Friends (http://www.mckenziefriends.directory/)
  • Central Law Training
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Client Testimonials

“Samantha was a great help and got my consent order documents in order meticulously and worked very hard to get everything done. Highly recommended.”

Sagar S - Hornchurch

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