Leslie is an exceptional
advocate and is held in high esteem for his expertise in children work both in
public and private law cases, in financial remedies cases and in inheritance
and probate disputes. He has 25 years of experience as a barrister and took
Silk in 2011. In 2012 he was appointed as a Family Recorder on the South
Eastern Circuit.

He is recommended in the Chambers
and Partners and Legal 500 directories for 2014 and has been ranked
in these directories for a number of years. In 2013 Chambers and Partners
wrote, "Leslie Samuels QC is well versed in family matters and is held in
high esteem for his expertise in family finance and children work in both the
public and private spheres. Sources are highly impressed with his advocacy

Within Chambers he is Head
of the Children Team and Head of the Civil Team. He is an active committee
member of the Family Law Bar Association and was re-elected for a further 3
year term in 2013.

During his career, Leslie has been Head of the
Employment Team and the Judicial Review Teams in Chambers. He has also been in
charge of continuing professional development for the Family Finance Team. In
2003 he was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in the Principal Registry of
the Family Division in London (now the Central London Family Court) and
continues to sit there both as a Deputy District Judge and now as a Recorder.He is an ADR qualified mediator.



As a junior, and now in Silk, he undertakes complex
and high profile public law children cases for Parents, Local Authorities and
Children’s Guardians both at fact-finding and at welfare hearings. He also
represents parties at appellate level in the High Court, Court of Appeal and in
the Supreme Court.

Recent cases include:

Alleged murder of a child;
serious non-accidental head injuries to a child including widespread brain
damage; multiple fractures including skull, rib and limb fractures; alleged
sexual abuse of children; alleged fictitious or induced illness; serious
neglect, drug and alcohol issues; complex immigration issues; cases where local
authorities have failed to perform their statutory duties to support families.


Leslie has a substantial financial remedies
practice, both as a Junior and now in Silk. His experience as a Deputy District
Judge and a Recorder hearing financial cases at the Central London Family Court
is invaluable in advising and representing clients in this complex area.

Recent cases include:

‘Big money’ cases where the
assets values have exceeded £10m; cases where there are substantial business
assets requiring an analysis of company accounts and expert valuation evidence;
cases where the assets include substantial farm land or other inherited wealth;
cases where one or both parties have significant trust assets; cases where
there are high value pensions on one or both sides; situations where urgent
applications are required including freezing injunctions and search (Anton Pillar)


He represents parents and sometimes children in a
range of private law disputes including applications for Child Arrangements
Orders (formally known as Residence and Contact orders), adoption cases, applications
seeking permission to remove a child from the jurisdiction, other Specific
Issue applications and Child Abduction cases.

Recent cases include:

Cases involving disputes
over where a child should live and the level of contact with the non-resident
parent; applications for placement and adoption orders; Specific Issue
applications, including disputes over schooling and medical care; allegations
of sexual or physical abuse by a parent; applications to remove children from
the jurisdiction; applications where it is alleged that a parent is implacably
hostile to contact; child abduction cases.


He advises and represents litigants in a wide range
of probate related claims and property disputes. Leslie is an accredited ADR
civil mediator and a member of the specialist inheritance mediation group.

Recent cases include:

Cases involving challenges
to the validity of wills including challenges on the basis of lack of capacity
or want of knowledge and approval; claims under the Inheritance (Provision for
Family and Dependants) Act 1975; claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment
of Trustees Act 1996; claims for Resulting and Constructive Trusts and by way
of equitable estoppel.


Leslie undertakes a substantial quantity of
judicial review work acting both for Claimants and Defendants in cases
involving challenges to local authority and central government decision making
and also challenges to autonomous bodies such as the Kennel Club, the Scouts
Association and political parties. His primary area of interest in this field
is in challenges relating to decision-making about or concerning children.

Recent cases include:

Disputes about a local
authority’s assessment and planning processes for teenage children; disputes
over whether children have been ‘accommodated’ by the local authority under the
Children Act 1989; age assessment cases involving unaccompanied asylum seekers;
disputes over S.17 Children Act duties including cases where the family has’ No
Recourse to Public Funds’; challenges to a local authority’s decision to
withdraw care funding for a vulnerable adult; challenges to local authority
charging policies for the provision of adult community care and a challenge to
the exclusion of an elected member from a political party.


He undertakes a wide range of employment cases including
claims for unfair dismissal and involving all forms of alleged discrimination.
His experience includes advocacy at all levels of the process from the
Employment Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and in employment related claims in
the County Court and High Court.

Recent cases include:

Cases involving unfair
dismissal and all forms of alleged discrimination including discrimination of
the basis of sex, race, disability, age and religion. He represented the
successful parties in appeals to the EAT in the cases of Southampton City Council v Randall (disability
discrimination) and Cave v Portsmouth City Council (agency
worker case).


Leslie acts for a wide
range of litigants, including relatives and local authorities, in Court of
Protection cases involving welfare disputes or where there are financial issues
arising from a loss of capacity.

More information


·        MA (Law) Cambridge

·        MA (Criminology) University
of Toronto

·        University of Toronto:
Connaught Scholarship, Open Fellowship


Member of the Western
Circuit, Family Law Bar Association Committee Member (from 2010), Chair of the
Family Law Bar Association Money and Property (Financial Remedies)
Sub-Committee (2011-13)


·        Leslie has lectured widely
on children, family finance, judicial review and probate related issues for
Chambers and at the Western Circuit Dartington Conference, for the Family
Justice Council and at the Western Circuit CPD Conference.

·        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.


·        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 gardening.


·        B (A Child) [2014] EWCC B55

·        A (A child) (no 2) [2014]
EWCC b52 (FAM)

·        Re S (Children) [2014] EWCA
Civ 247

·        L (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ
489. [2103] 3 FCR 90, [2013] Fam Law 940

·        A Local Authority v DB
(Mother) & Ors [2013] EWHC 4066 (Fam)

·        Re S (Children) [2012] EWCA
Civ 847, [2013] 1 FLR 354

·        Re F (Children: Declaration
of Parentage) [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

·        Re S and C (Children)

·        Cave v Portsmouth City
Council [2008] All ER (D) 313 (May)

·        R (L) v Nottinghamshire
County Council [2007] EWHC 2364 (Admin)

·        Re D [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


·        Recent articles include
‘Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the Church: balancing competing human
rights’ for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.

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