Samantha Hillas

Samantha Hillas

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1996

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“Very well thought of in the market for her experience handling notable matrimonial finance cases, often of considerable value. She offers noted experience of Schedule 1 cases, high-value prenuptial agreements and divorces.”

Strengths: “Samantha Hillas is tremendously determined and will find a way to fight her client’s corner and seek a solution.” “She is very personable to the clients while maintaining a robust attitude towards her opponent. Samantha’s cases are well prepared, researched and well presented.” Chambers & Partners 2018

“A ferocious advocate, who is great with clients.” Legal 500 2017

Overview

Sam Hillas is a senior member of the matrimonial finance team, dealing primarily with high value and high profile cases. She has extensive experience of complex issues including farming, companies and trusts. She is a practical and down to earth plain speaker.

Personal Information

Sam plays rugby for Birkenhead Park Panthers and sits as a Judicial Officer for the RFU, Six Nations and World Rugby.

Legal Directory Recommendations

2017

“Very well thought of in the market for her experience handling notable matrimonial finance cases, often of considerable value. She was recently involved in the high-profile Gohil v Gohil case heard in the Supreme Court.

Strengths: A robust character; she tells it like it is, but is very clever and analytical.” “She has a wonderful manner with clients and is able to instil confidence from the outset. The cases preparation is detailed and well presented. She is great on her feet and a very strong advocate”. Chambers & Partners

2016

“A ferocious advocate, who is always willing to fight a client’s corner” Legal 500

“Familiar with handling cases at all levels, including the Supreme Court. Has significant experience in financial family law matters that relate to divorce settlements, TOLATA and Schedule 1 Children Act cases. Strengths: “She is the counsel someone needs: works really hard, approachable, incredibly friendly and so wonderful to work with. I felt protected, and that is the most important thing for a client.” “She is fantastic. She went above and beyond and did an amazing job. Definitely someone who really fights your corner, and she is great with clients.” Chambers & Partners

“A ferocious advocate, who is always willing to fight a client’s corner” (Tier 1) Legal 500

2015

“Works like a Trojan and magics a case out of very little.” Legal 500

“Renowned for her down-to-earth manner with clients in financial remedy proceedings. She typically undertakes cases involving farming assets or business structures. Strengths: A charismatic and client-friendly advocate who determinedly achieves results while retaining a sense of humour.” Chambers & Partners

2014

“Meticulous and efficient.” Legal 500

Expertise

  • Family - Finance

    Sam has a broad range of experience in divorce, civil partnership dissolution, claims under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 and the financial claims for unmarried couples.

    Cases

    Roocroft v Ainscow [2016] (Court of Appeal) See news article.

    Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61 (Supreme Court)

    Re B (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1317 (Court of Appeal)

    RE S (Authorising Children’s Immediate Removal) [2010] 2 FLR 873 (Court of Appeal)

    MacLeod v MacLeod [2008] UKPC 64 (Privy Council)

    Re C (A Child) (2008) 2 FLR 815 (Court of Appeal)

    Re S (A Child) [2008] EWCA Civ 737 (Court of Appeal)

    Loosemore v McDonnell [2007] EWCA Civ 1531 (Court of Appeal)

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