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Samantha Woodham

Work 020 7427 5200
4 Paper Buildings (Chambers of Alex Verdan QC)

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Family Law


Barrister specialising in ancillary relief, private law children proceedings, domestic violence and trusts of land. Also a trained collaborative lawyer.


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.


French and Spanish.


Family Law Bar Association.


The Abbey School; St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (2002 MA law).


Skiing, tennis, shopping, socialising. Only joking: all free time entirely taken up with two young children and our golden retriever Teddy.

London Bar

Children law (including public and private law)

Within: Children Law (including public and private law) – Leading juniors

Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper BuildingsShe is very persuasive with judges in her calm and measured way.

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Family law (including divorce and financial remedy)

Within: Family law (including divorce and financial remedy) – Leading juniors

Samantha Woodham - 4 Paper BuildingsShe is very persuasive with judges.

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