Profile submitted by Leslie Samuels QC
All aspects of family law including care proceedings; representing parents, local authorities and children’s guardians in cases involving complex issues including alleged non-accidental injury (death, brain injury, subdural and retinal bleeding, fractures, anal and genital injuries, FII, bruising), alleged sexual abuse, jurisdictional problems (including under BIIa), alleged radicalisation and difficult welfare issues. High value and / or complex financial remedies claims with expertise and experience in cases involving non-matrimonial wealth, farms, companies, trusts and pensions. Equitable co-ownership claims. Private law children matters (child arrangements orders, leave to remove, child abduction) and Schedule I claims. Judicial Review applications particularly those involving local authority duties to children and vulnerable adults. Claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. Probate claims (wills, capacity and claims under the Inheritance Act). Highly experienced at Family Court, High Court and appellate levels. IFLA qualified Arbitrator.
Family Law Bar Association, Western Circuit (authorised advocacy trainer). Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
1989 Called Gray’s Inn, 2003 Deputy District Judge Principal Registry, 2005 ADR accredited mediator, 2011 appointed QC, 2012 Recorder (South Eastern Circuit) Family, 2016 qualified as IFLA arbitrator, 2016 appointed Deputy High Court Judge.
MA (Law) Cambridge, MA (Criminology) University of Toronto, married with two children. Lives in London.