Resolution lawyer wins prestigious award

01 Dec 2008

At the sixth annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs) on 1 December 2008, Samantha Little of Russell-Cooke Solicitors based in London, Putney and Kingston in Surrey won the Resolution-sponsored Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award.

“Samantha is a hugely deserving winner of this award. She is widely respected for her commitment, intelligence and sensitive approach,” said Godfrey Freeman, Chair of Resolution, an association of 5000 lawyers that campaigns for fair family law and works for the constructive resolution of family problems.

Samantha is an active member of Resolution, where she has worked on various committees including on children’s and legal aid issues.

The presenter of the awards John Howard said: “Samantha is a highly respected and experienced solicitor in her field of public law children and adoption cases. She wins praise from the judiciary for being ‘meticulous in every way, very hard working and always anxious to assist the court’.

“Samantha is unfailingly committed to her clients, but also to bringing on the next generation of family lawyers – sharing her hard-won expertise through her extensive work with Resolution.”

Samantha is head of Russell-Cooke's children department and has over 10 years experience specialising in children law. She has extensive experience and expertise in adoption cases, private law children cases, acting for parents and children where there are complex residence and contact issues, and acts for parents, children, children's guardians and family members in public law cases.

As well being an active member of Resolution, Samantha is accredited on the Law Society's Children Panel, and is a member of the National Association of Guardians ad Litem and Reporting Officers, and the Association of Lawyers for Children.

Resolution’s members are committed to sensitive, cost-effective solutions to family problems that consider the needs of the whole family and in particular the best interests of children. In over 90 per cent of cases handled by Resolution lawyers, agreements are reached without a court battle.

The LALYs are organized by the Legal Aid Practioners Group. The event attracted a record number of entries this year. Finalists were selected by a panel chaired by Cherie Booth QC and judges included Polly Toynbee of The Guardian and Doreen Lawrence of The Stephen Lawrence Trust.

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Notes to editors

    Full list of judges: The judging panel was chaired by Cherie Booth QC. Other judges include: Roy Morgan (chair of LAPG); Mr Justice Andrew McFarlane QC; Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Trust; Yvonne Brown, former chair of the Black Solicitors Network; Rob Brown, former director of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association; Aika Stephenson, winner Young Legal Aid Solicitor award 2007; Fiona Bawdon, freelance legal journalist; Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist; Michael Kennedy, winner Mental Health Lawyer of the Year 2007; Wesley Gryk, Law Society council member for immigration.

    Samantha Little can be contacted on 020 8546 6111; Samantha.Little@russell-cooke.co.uk