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Samantha Hickman

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Private Client




How Can Samantha Help You?

Sam is a Partner in our Bristol based Private Client team and has over 20 years' experience dealing with a wide variety of family matters. She is a highly experienced lawyer noted for her experience in acting for clients in matrimonial and cohabitation disputes, as well as those disputes involving children. Sam is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer.

Sam acts for clients based in the UK and internationally and has acted for clients with assets held in various jurisdictions including Dubai, Australia, Singapore, China, South Africa and the Sudan.

Sam's client base is broad and ranges from entrepreneurs and city executives to those with more modest assets. She has considerable experience acting for medical professionals including doctors and dentists as well as vets.

Samantha's Experience

Sam has been based in the South West throughout her professional career. Prior to joining VWV she worked for a top tier firm in Bristol before taking up an executive appointment as National Head of Family Law for the Co-op.

Meeting Your Needs

Sam is noted for her no nonsense approach. She is highly pragmatic and approachable with a keen eye for detail. She is also prepared to go the extra mile for her clients and will always provide constructive and commercial advice. Her aim is always to resolve disputes as quickly and cost effectively as possible and in the best interests of her client.

What Others Say

'I cannot express how grateful I am for all that you did for me during that awful time. For your expertise, but also for your patience and the way you always strove to calm things not exacerbate them putting the needs of the children first.' 

Legal Directory Quotes

Sam has been consistently ranked in the Chambers Directory since 2005.

  • “Strong on detail” (2005)
  • “Really good attention to detail without being pedantic” (2006)
  • Samantha Hickman who many feel has a fine career ahead of her (2007)
  • Tipped as “one to watch” by sources who say she is going places. Her powerful local profile has enabled her to build a deeply impressive client portfolio (2008)
  • Samantha Hickman is held in high regard for her skills as a Collaborative Lawyer (2009)
  • Samantha Hickman is “candid and sensible – a tough negotiator and a fearsome advocate” (2010)
  • Samantha Hickman specialises in high net worth ancillary relief disputes (2011)
  • Samantha Hickman is highly skilled in complex ancillary relief matters involving pensions, property and other significant assets (2012)
  • The “superb” Samantha Hickman is extremely hard-working and gives realistic advice; every T is crossed and every I dotted. Hickman continues to act for clients in multifaceted ancillary relief matters (2013)
  • Samantha Hickman is involved in a number of unusual and complex separation proceedings and has a particular interest in financial matters, often with a significant international element (2014)
  • Samantha Hickman is “extraordinarily good” (2015)


Sam is an accredited member of the Law Society Family panel and a trained Collaborative lawyer.

South West: Private client


Within: Family

VWV is an ‘excellent’ firm, with ‘significant experience, including in various methods of dispute resolution.’ Practice head Samantha Hickman  has a ‘wonderfully down-to-earth manner which belies the strategic thinking of a chess grandmaster’. Acting locally, nationally and internationally, and covering financial settlements on divorce, unmarried family disputes (ToLATA and Schedule 1), and divorce and separation planning, Hickman is ‘pragmatic without being overly pessimistic’, and her clients include musicians, authors, artists and TV stars. 'Highly recommended' senior associate Hannah Petherickjoined in January 2018 from Gregg Latchams LLP. Working in financial resolutions and arrangements for children, as well as drafting pre- and post-marital agreements, Petherick is ‘courteous, professional, well prepared, unflappable, and conscientious’.

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