Samantha Ridley

‘One of the brightest stars of her generation – extremely intelligent, charming and tenacious.’
Legal 500

Samantha is a family law specialist with expertise in both financial and children matters and matters with an international element, particularly international child abduction.

Until 2011, Samantha also practised in criminal law, enhancing her expertise and strength in fully contested final hearings.

International Child Abduction

Samantha has an expertise and particular interest in this field, having represented both left behind and abducting parents in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Samantha acted as junior counsel in the recent case of Re KL (Hague Convention: Effect of Reversal of Return Order) [2013] UKSC 75.

Cases of Interest (International Child Abduction):

  • Re KL (Hague Convention: Effect of Reversal of Return Order) [2013] UKSC 75
  • SC v BH [2014] EWHC 1584 (Fam)


Samantha’s experience in financial work encompasses Matrimonial Finance and related enforcement proceedings, claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Cases of Interest (Finance):

  • Quan v Bray [2014] EWHC 3340 (Fam)


Samantha acts in all areas of private law children work, including in applications for leave to remove. She regularly deals with children cases in which serious allegations of domestic violence or child abuse have been made and with intractable contact disputes.

She regularly acts in injunctive proceedings arising from allegations of serious domestic violence and abuse.

Samantha also has experience of public law children cases, having represented parents, grandparents, children and local authorities.

Appointments and Memberships

  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association

Qualifications and Awards

  • University of Liverpool: Law LLB (Honours): First Class
  • University of Liverpool “Best Final Examinations Performance” Award
  • Nottingham Law School: Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
  • Inner Temple Bar Vocational Course Scholarship