Jonathan Sampson QC

Call: 1997 / Silk: 2020

"Is a masterful advocate. His calm and confident manner wins over clients and judges. He takes difficult points and runs them successfully." "Always an impressive advocate with excellent client care."
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

Jonathan is widely recognised as one of the leading advocates at the Family Law Bar. With over twenty years of experience in children and financial work he is known for his intellectual rigour, clarity of his advocacy and approachable manner, he has been consistently ranked for many years in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

Jonathan has appeared in numerous reported appeal and first-instance cases. His ability to assimilate complex facts and to marshal arguments under pressure and his determination to pursue his clients’ cases are hallmarks of his approach to the intellectual and emotional demands of this area of litigation.

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Practice Areas

Jonathan specialises in cases involving serious injuries, child death and litigation involving abuse overlapping with criminal investigations and proceedings. Jonathan has extensive experience of successfully challenging medical expert evidence through cross-examination. He is known for his meticulous preparation and breadth of knowledge in the field. He has lectured with leading medical experts and provided advice to New Scotland Yard on investigation of child death cases. He is also regularly instructed as a single joint expert in public law cases withan international dimension as well as advising and appearing on judicial review and Human Rights Act claims overlapping with public law proceedings.

Notable Public Law Children cases

Y & X (Children) [2020] EWFC 15, [2020] 4 WLR 47
CD (A Child : Re Hearing of Fact - Finding) [2018] EWHC 2670 (Fam)
Northamptonshire County Council v M & N [2018] EWFC 82
D (A Child), Re (Rev 1) [2017] EWHC 3075 (Fam)
ES (A Child), Re [2017] EWFC B67
D (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 196
M (Children), Re (No 2) [2015] EWHC 2933 (Fam)
N (A Child: Interim Care Order: Interim Removal) [2015] EWFC 40

Jonathan’s private law work covers the spectrum of private law work, from those involving intractable disputes between parties to those where international or internal relocation is the key issue. A tenacious negotiator and advocate, Jonathan combines this with a sympathetic and accessible manner with clients, earning him repeat instructions for many years from leading firms where the complexity of the issues has resulted in lengthy litigation. His approach to this work ensures that he is on hand to assist in steering the approach to litigation out of court as well as at contested hearings.

Notable Private Law Children cases

KD v AM & Ors [2018] EWFC 64 (Fam)

Jonathan regularly appears in the High Court in wardship and abduction cases, as well as those involving recognition and enforcement of orders across borders. He has lectured in, and regularly receives instruction as a joint expert on international issues within care proceedings.

Jonathan’s experience in this field over two decades has led to a specialism in high net-worth cases, particularly those involving substantial company assets, complex pension arrangements, offshore finances and family trusts. He has substantial experience in a range of ancillary issues, including contested issues over non-matrimonial assets, applications to set aside, and international enforcement of orders.


What the directories say

"An incredibly experienced barrister, who always commands the attention of those around him."
Chambers UK Bar

"He is resourceful and utterly determined."
Chambers UK Bar 2020

"His brain has the great ability to turn over and digest information, and he's got a really good understanding of public law and related areas."
Chambers UK Bar 2020

"He's a superb advocate - his cross-examination skills are second to none."
Chambers UK Bar 2020

"He's excellent, and his advocacy is very intelligent, perceptive and subtle."
Chambers UK Bar 2019

"A superb advocate who operates like a Rolls - Royce. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and procedure."
Chambers UK Bar 2019