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Russell-Cooke LLP

BISHOP'S PALACE HOUSE, KINGSTON BRIDGE, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, KT1 1QN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 8546 6111
Fax:
Fax 020 8541 4404
DX:
31546 KINGSTON UPON THAMES
Email:
Web:
www.russell-cooke.co.uk
Kingston upon Thames, London SW15, London WC1R

Samantha Little

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 8546 6111
Email:
Russell-Cooke LLP

Work Department

Family and children law

Position

Partner and head of the children department (within the family law department).

Work undertaken: all complex children proceedings, including private law/public law care cases; adoption (including inter-country adoption); surrogacy and alternative family law.

Advises and represents parents, children, children’s guardians and other family members. Conducts much of her own advocacy, including in the High Court.

Career

Trained Allen & Overy; qualified 1993; Atkins Hope, Croydon 1994-2000; Russell-Cooke 2000, partner since 2004.

Accredited to the Law Society’s Children Panel since 1998; Awarded Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) qualification in 2008; Awarded the Legal Aid ‘Lawyer of the Year’ award 2008.

Member of Resolution; the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) and NAGALRO.

Member of the Resolution Legal Aid committee. Provides training for Resolution.

Member

Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC); Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association); National Association of Guardians Ad Litem and Reporting Officers (NAGALRO).

Education

St Catherine’s School, Bramley; University of Birmingham (1990 law degree 2(1)); College of Law (1991 Final Exams).


London: Private client

Family

Within: Leading individuals

Samantha Little - Russell-Cooke LLP

Within: Family

Russell-Cooke LLP  is an ‘excellent firm with many experienced practitioners who really understand the law’. The ‘calm and technically creativeJames Carroll  is a ‘star’. The ‘clever, insightful and empathetic’ Fiona Read ‘brings her years of experience as a deputy district judge to her cases to really good effect’. They both have ‘the ability to digest complex information swiftly and economically and have their clients’ best interests at heart’. Samantha Little  is a ‘brilliant’ children’s lawyer whose ‘knowledge is second to none’. The ‘brightKate Hamilton  is ‘always looking for creative and constructive ways to resolve issues’. For financial cases Camilla Thornton  is ‘able to get to grips with complicated financial arrangements’. Sarah Richardson is a ‘superlative strategist who always goes the extra mile for vulnerable clients’. Senior associate Anna Keat  is ‘one of the hidden gems in family law’.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Education: individuals

At Russell-Cooke LLP, head of the children and education department Eva Akins 'has excellent knowledge and great empathy'. The team is acknowledged as 'excellent' for its specialism in assisting children with special education needs and disabilities. Its work encompasses challenges to exclusions, admissions decisions and assistance with funding issues for entry to independent schools. In recent work, Atkins advised the parents of a child with epilepsy and anxiety disorder whose place at an independent school was terminated when the parents requested that the child’s exam load be reduced; te school was found  by a tribunal to have breached the Equality Act. Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson are other senior members of the group.

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