Samantha joined Lester Aldridge as a paralegal in 2016 before leaving to complete her Legal Practice Course and then returning to complete her training contract in 2018. Samantha qualified into the Family Team in September 2020 after completing two seats in the team.
Samantha advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of family law, including advising on divorce and separation, financial settlement and cohabitation disputes. Samantha also has a particular interest in helping clients resolve issues surrounding child arrangements, whether this is a specific issue such as schooling or moving away, or if it is about who the child lives with and the contact they have with their parents.
Samantha always strives to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients. She is approachable and friendly, and understands that each family case is different and presents its own challenges. She offers clear, pragmatic and practical advice.
Recent examples of work or case studies
- Acted for husband in divorce and financial remedy proceedings. The couple had been separated for 10 years and the wife had a new partner and a child with him. We were able to secure a settlement which enabled the husband to achieve his wish of retaining the family home and the majority of his pension. We also successfully argued that inheritance which had fallen in post separation should not be shared.
- Negotiated the terms of a cohabitation agreement for a couple moving into their first home together. I acted for the girlfriend who wished to ensure that her partner did not gain any interest in the home, which she bought with the financial help of her mother.
- Acted for a mother in relation to a child contact dispute with the father. The mother lived in Dorset whilst the father lived in London. The mother wished for contact and handovers to be arranged to accommodate the child’s athletics training whereas the father sought for the training to be rearranged. We were able to agree a child arrangements order which provided for the vast majority of the child’s contact with their father to be arranged around the child’s training.