Samantha Woodham > Chambers of Alex Verdan KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Alex Verdan KC
6th Floor, St Martin’s Court, 10 Paternoster Row
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Work Department

Family Law


Barrister specialising in financial remedy and private law children proceedings. Samantha is also the co-founder with Harry Gates, a fellow member of chambers, of The Divorce Surgery, a unique service which allows couples to obtain joint, impartial legal advice at any stage of the divorce process:


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.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Samantha Woodham4 Paper Buildings ‘Samantha is a brilliant advocate who keeps her cool even in the most difficult situations. She knows her brief like the back of her hand, and clients trust her implicitly as a result.’

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Samantha Woodham4 Paper Buildings ‘Samantha is extremely kind and empathetic. She has an excellent manner with clients, even when delivering unwelcome news. Her advocacy is clear and to the point, never aggressive, and she appears well liked and respected by judges and other members of the bar alike. She is intelligent and numerate, and her written documents are persuasive and well structured.’

4 Paper Buildings is a ‘fantastic set of chambers’ with ‘a team of highly experienced barristers’. Charles Hale KC is always able to ‘think outside the box to come up with creative solutions’ and regularly acts on behalf of celebrities, high net worth individuals, and international clients. Christopher Hames KC is known for his ‘sensible and measured technique’ and has a particular focus on cases with an international dimension. Henry Clayton ‘has a phenomenal memory and pays key attention to every detail’ and focuses on big money matrimonial finance cases. Samantha Woodham ‘knows all her cases and the law inside out’ and specialises in high-profile and high-value cases.