Samantha Newton



Samantha is a partner in the Family Team, specialising in private family law issues arising for separating couples, including divorce, complex financial disputes, child arrangements and asset protection for couples.

Samantha regularly represents business owners, entrepreneurs, international, high net worth, homemaker and professional sporting clients with their family law issues, whether at the end of their relationship or to support them with the early stages of relationship planning.

Samantha is a collaboratively trained family lawyer, which enables her to work with you, your partner and their lawyer to help find family-focussed solutions together without lots of legal correspondence.  She is known for her conciliatory, sensible and commercial approach to resolving disputes. Where necessary, she is able to apply her experience dealing with complex financial or children proceedings in the family court.

Samantha also regularly supports clients embarking on their relationship, advising on protecting family wealth, advising on the impact of relationship breakdown when creating a new company or gifting assets, and with prenuptial agreements. 

Samantha has been consistently ranked in legal publications Legal 500 and Chambers over the past five years as both a ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Associate to Watch’ as a result of her excellent reputation amongst clients and peers.

Samantha is on the committee for the Bristol Collaborative Lawyers Pod and is committed to helping clients find alternative solutions to resolving their family disputes.

Relevant experience

  • Private client: Negotiating an agreement for a business owner in respect of the breakdown of his marriage with multi-million-pound assets, securing an unequal split as a result of contributions prior to the marriage and protecting his business from being sold.
  • Private client: Providing asset protection advice in respect of protecting wealth in excess of £10million in contemplation of marriage, including as to the approach to be adopted in respect of a proposed family investment company.
  • Private client: Acting for a partner in a farming partnership in respect of the breakdown of his marriage, with assets in the UK and in the US. Successfully negotiating an agreement enabling the UK farm to continue operating and formalising the agreement in a complex financial order.
  • Private client: Securing residency with the mother and a specific issue order allowing the child to move schools, after she initially faced a lengthy court battle without legal representation.
  • Private client: Successfully negotiating for agreed relocation with the children to Europe, to enable a senior employee at a global brand to move with her work. This involved preparing a detailed relocation plan and illustrating how contact would work going forward.
  • Private client: Successfully defending an application by the mother to relocate to London with the child of the family, preventing the breakdown of the paternal relationship.

Awards and Accreditations

Legal 500 Rising Star 2024
Chambers Samantha Newton 2024

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