Leslie Samuels QC - Alternative Dispute Resolution

Leslie Samuels QC - Alternative Dispute Resolution profile

Leslie is an experienced family and civil practitioner and is an ADR trained civil mediator.

Leslie’s area of specialisation within mediation is the resolution of family money disputes including those involves issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship and cohabitee disputes (both in life and death) He deals with problems relating to elderly and vulnerable clients with capacity issues.

Although not a trained family mediator, Leslie can conduct mediations under the civil ADR model and by way of a ‘private FDR’. He is also an IFLA trained arbitrator and can conduct arbitrations in a wide range of disputes including financial remedies applications, Schedule 1 applications and Inheritance Act claims.



Year of call: 1989
Year of silk: 2011
  • Recorder (South Eastern Circuit) 2012
  • Accredited Mediator (ADR Group) (2005)
  • Deputy District Judge Principal Registry of the Family Division (2003)
Areas of specialism:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Abduction
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • Court of Protection
  • Family Finance
  • Inheritance, Wills and Probate
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • MA (Law) Cambridge University
  • MA (Criminology) University of Toronto
  • University of Toronto: Connaught Scholarship, Open Fellowship
Professional associations:
  • Member of the Western Circuit (active advocacy trainer)
  • Elected Family Law Bar Association Committee Member (Appointed from 2010, Elected from 2013)
  • Chair of the Family Law Bar Association Money and Property (Financial Remedies) Sub-Committee (2011-13, 2015-)
Professional activities:
  • Leslie has lectured widely on children, financial remedies, judicial review and probate related issues for Chambers, for the FLBA, for the Western Circuit, and for the Family Justice Council.
  • He has also recently spoken at judicial review seminars for Central Law Training and the London Boroughs Legal Alliance and has recorded training material for Cpdcast.
  • Leslie is happy to provide individual training for firms of solicitors or local authorities.
Outside Interests:
  • Leslie enjoys his family life, sport which includes running, regular visits to the gym and being a season ticket holder at AFC Wimbledon.
  • When time permits, Leslie also loves going to the theatre and cinema and gardening.
Notable Cases:
  • Re LC (A Child) (Habitual Residence) sub nom Poole Borough Council v (1) EC (2) MC (3) LC (By his Children’s Guardian) [2016] EWFC 31
  • Re HA (A Child) (No.2) sub nom Bristol City Council v AA, SA and HA [2015] EWHC 1310, [2016] 1 FLR 966
  • KCC v Ors (2) (Fact Finding) [2015] EWFC 93
  • Re D (Non-Availability of Legal Aid) (No.2) [2015] EWFC 2, [2015] 1 FLR 1247
  • Re E (A Child) (2015) LTL 8/9/2015
  • Re H (A Child) [2014] EWHC 970 (Fam)
  • B (A Child) [2014] EWCC B55 (Fam)
  • Re A (A child) (no 1 and 2) [2013] EWCC B18, [2014] EWCC B52 (Fam)
  • Re S (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 247
  • Re O (Minors) [2013] EWHC B44 (Fam)
  • Re L (Interim Care Order: Prison Mother and Baby Unit) [2013] EWCA Civ 489, [2014] 1 FLR 807
  • A Local Authority v DB (Mother) & Ors [2013] EWHC 4066 (Fam)
  • Re S (Care and Placement Orders) [2012] EWCA Civ 847, [2013] 1 FLR 354
  • Re F (Paternity: Registration) [2011] EWCA Civ 1765, [2013] 2 FLR 1036
  • Re C (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 89, [2010] 2 FCR 664
  • R (EW and BW) v Nottinghamshire County Council [2009] EWHC 915 (admin), [2009] 2 FLR 974
  • Cave v Portsmouth City Council [2008] All ER (D) 313 (May)
  • R (L) v Nottinghamshire County Council [2007] EWHC 2364 (Admin)
  • A Local Authority v D (Chief Constable of Thames Police Intervening) [2006] 2 FLR 1053
  • Southampton City College v. Randall [2006] IRLR 18
  • A v B (Financial Relief: Agreements) [2005] EWHC 314 (Fam) [2005] 2 FLR 730
  • Re P (Adoption: Breach of Care Plan), [2004] EWCA Civ 355 [2004] 2 FLR 1109