Samantha O'Dwyer

Solicitor & Family Mediator

S.O'Dwyer@allaw.co.uk | 020 8776 1010

I am an Advanced Family Panel Solicitor and Accredited Family Mediator working at Amphlett Lissimore LLP. I am based at our West Wickham office and deal with all aspects of family law. I specialise particularly in financial disputes (including high net worth) following relationship breakdowns, and private Children’s Act proceedings (including Schedule 1 Applications). I also have experience in dealing with domestic violence and civil financial claims (TOLATA).

I have over 25 years’ experience as a Family Law solicitor and I am proud to have been a constant source of support to the West Wickham community during this time, having had previously been employed by Allen Barfields for 20 years prior to its merger with Amphlett Lissimore in 2017.

As both a solicitor and family mediator, I always look for innovative methods of resolving issues surrounding divorce, dissolution, and separation, and am mindful of the emotional and financial costs of the parties, and any children, in pursuing matters in an adversarial way. I look to alleviate client stress where possible and to give pragmatic advice in the hope that an amicable solution can be found. I supported the ‘no fault divorce’ which is now in place and have always been a keen member of Resolution.

I offer a fixed fee first meeting either in person, over the phone, or video call. I can help you to know where you stand legally, what the next steps might be, and the likely costs involved. At this point, you can choose to instruct me should you decide to go ahead.

As an accredited family mediator, I am well placed to guide clients through the whole mediation process and can also conduct MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) for people during family court proceedings.

Career

2019 - Present - Solicitor & Family Mediator, Amphlett Lissimore
2017 - 2019 - Solicitor, Amphlett Lissimore
1997 - 2017 - Solicitor, Allen Barfields

Education

2022 – Accredited Family Mediator
2019 – Family Mediator
2002 – Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel member
1999 – Law Society Family Law Panel member
1997 – Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court
Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives

Samantha O'Dwyer - Awards and accreditations

  • Family Law Advanced
  • Family Mediation Council
  • Resolution First for Family Law
  • Resolution Mediator
  • The Family Mediation Association

News and media

  • News
    • Posted on November 5, 2020
      In line with the Government's new national lockdown measures, all of our offices are now closed to clients.
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    • Posted on March 20, 2020
      We understand everyone’s concerns relating to the Coronavirus outbreak and have put into place certain measures to ensure the safety of both our clients and staff across our offices.
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    • Posted on March 17, 2020
      We understand everyone’s concerns relating to the Coronavirus outbreak and have put into place certain measures to ensure the safety of both our clients and staff across our offices.
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  • Blog
    • Posted on February 21, 2022
      The ‘no fault’ divorce becomes law under the terms of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 in April this year, meaning that couples will be able to get a divorce without having to blame the other person for what went wrong. If you are separated and planning to divorce, the question is – should you wait?
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      Posted in: Divorce, Family law
    • Posted on January 19, 2022
      Samantha O'Dwyer, a Family law solicitor and mediator, explains the benefits of Family Mediation when separating from your partner.
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      Posted in: mediation, family law
    • Posted on January 20, 2021
      We are now in the midst of Family Mediation Awareness Week. This has given us time to reflect on mediation and the positive effects of resolving disputes outside of the court arena in a non-confrontational way. Statistics show that agreements reached directly between separating couples are more likely to be adhered to, and provide a more positive outcome for the family as a whole.

      In this blog, Samantha O'Dwyer puts forward her 5 top tips to a successful mediation.
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      Posted in: Family law, Mediation

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