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Sam is a specialist family barrister, particularly sought after in respect of private law proceedings regarding children. He is frequently instructed in matters of complexity such as cases of child abduction, applications to permanently remove the children from the jurisdiction, cases of implacable hostility between the parents, and cases involving allegations of serious domestic abuse and violence.
Sam is regularly led in the most serious of cases, including non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fictitious and induced illness.
He also has a wide range of experience of other areas of law, including criminal, prison, and general civil law. His background in criminal law has proved to be advantageous in cases that require robust cross-examination of witnesses, such as in fact-finding hearings regarding allegations of domestic abuse.
Sam is an accredited civil and commercial mediator. He has appeared frequently on national radio as an expert legal commentator.
Sam was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2022. He sits within both the Family and Civil jurisdictions on the South Eastern Circuit and Welsh Circuit.
“Sam Elliott is an excellent advocate; he is the best junior barrister I’ve seen for some time and is more than capable of holding his own with more senior opponents. He has a particular skill for private children law matters. He is always thoroughly prepared, has a great attention to detail and ensures clients are at ease when dealing with difficult issues”.
– Tracey Cassidy, Head of Family Law at Ewings Solicitors
Bar Professional Training Course (2014) – University of West England
Graduate Diploma in Law (2011) – College of Law
BA (Hons) Politics (2010) – University of Exeter
Connor Scholarship (Middle Temple)