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Samantha O’Dwyer

Solicitor & Family Mediator
“I cannot thank you enough for the kind and sensitive way you help me through the divorce and for the professional way you have handled it all.” – Jen, client feedback survey


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Samantha O'Dwyer, Solicitor and Family Mediator

What our clients say about Samantha O’Dwyer

We found the service provided by Sam to be extremely helpful. She helped us navigate a number of tricky subjects in an empathetic and understanding way and we have reached equitable solutions on a number of topics. This has minimised our legal costs and has helped improve communication between the... Read more

Emma and James

Divorcing my partner has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and expensive experience. They are not focused on financial gain, but simply getting you to the end goal, a fair separation so you can move on with your new life. My case... Read more


A very Profession service, there wasn’t anything Sam couldn’t help me with! She made a very stressful situation easier with her empathetic advice and guidance. Her replies were always timely and I couldn’t have been happier I was recommend her. Thank you Sam & Debbie.


This was my first face to face meeting with the mediator (Sam) and my wife regarding our divorce. Sam quickly put me at ease with an offer of a cup of tea. This set the tone for the rest of the two hour meeting. Sam ensured that there was a... Read more


I could not have been more pleased with the service that I received with my divorce. Samantha was so helpful, understanding and explained everything to me with out 'solicitor jargon,' so i could understand exactly what was going on. If i made a call to the office it was always... Read more


Sam did a great job with mediation, explained everything in great detail, made it clear what she was here to do and more importantly not to do. I don't think we would have agreed without having the intervention of mediation in our divorce proceedings. Divorce is stressful and at times... Read more


From our first meeting and all the way through the whole process, Sam was on hand to advise and comment at each stage. She was approachable, friendly and professional. I would recommend her services.


Sam and Debbie took up my case and provided me with excellent advice from the off and all the way through the case. The communication was first class and ultimately I was very satisfied with the outcome. Sam gave me the belief that I was not fighting a lost cause... Read more


The mediation process was not one I was familiar with, and I must say I was very sceptical at first, as I felt that a divorce couldn’t be done properly without the solicitors doing it. Sam O’Dwyer met us individually and explained the process. Then my husband and I had... Read more


Following a recommendation from a friend for a solicitor to assist with divorce proceedings I met with Samantha O’Dwyer from the West Wickham branch. Sam was extremely professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire process and secured the best outcome for me. Even during the covid lockdown period she worked tirelessly... Read more


Awards and Accreditations

About Samantha

I am an Advanced Family Panel Solicitor and Accredited Family Mediator working at Amphlett Lissimore. 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.


  • 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


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


Latest Blogs

A Family Mediator’s Top 5 Tips for a Successful Mediation

January 23, 2023

Accredited family mediator, Samantha O'Dwyer puts forward her 5 top tips for a successful family mediation.

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No-Fault Divorce and Family Mediation – how the two can work together

January 17, 2023

Mediator and family lawyer, Samantha O’Dwyer discusses how the end of the blame game in the divorce process supports and complements the process of family mediation.

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