Sam is a Partner in our Bristol based Private Client team and has over 20 years' experience dealing with a wide variety of divorce and family law matters. She is a highly experienced solicitor noted for her experience in acting for clients in matrimonial and cohabitation disputes, disputes involving children and also offering legal advice for unmarried couples. Sam is also a trained Collaborative Lawyer.
Sam acts for clients based in the UK and internationally and has acted for clients with assets held in various jurisdictions including Dubai, Australia, Singapore, China, South Africa and the Sudan.
Sam's client base is broad and ranges from entrepreneurs and city executives to those with more modest assets. She has considerable experience acting for medical professionals including doctors and dentists as well as vets.
Sam has been based in the South West throughout her professional career. Prior to joining VWV she worked for a top tier firm in Bristol before taking up an executive appointment as National Head of Family Law for the Co-op.
Sam is noted for her no nonsense approach. She is highly pragmatic and approachable with a keen eye for detail. She is also prepared to go the extra mile for her clients and will always provide constructive and commercial advice. Her aim is always to resolve disputes as quickly and cost effectively as possible and in the best interests of her client.
''I would like to say Thank you so much for all your help and support. I would not have been able to be as calm without your patience and guidance. You reassured me throughout the whole process and I could not be more grateful for your service. Please let the rest of the team know I appreciate their help and support. You really are a great team and I will always highly recommend you.''
"Samantha and her team provided exceptional service in my matrimonial matter to make the process seamless and straightforward for all parties involved. I was constantly updated on the progress along each step of the way and communication with Samantha and her team was extremely professional and speedy. I would highly recommend their services as they have been some of the most knowledgeable solicitors I have worked with."
"I cannot express how grateful I am for all that you did for me during that awful time. For your expertise, but also for your patience and the way you always strove to calm things not exacerbate them putting the needs of the children first."
"I wish to express my sincere gratitude for your professional help and support in my recent divorce. You provided outstanding advice, were always reassuring, patient and honest and you guided with calm but firm advice. The always focused, no-fuss approach was particularly efficient and ultimately resulted in the best possible outcome. You made a difficult situation a lot easier."
"You are so naturally warm and friendly. I don't want this separation and/or divorce and really struggle to hold it all together at times. I can see why my friend said you were worth your weight in gold."
Practice head Samantha Hickman has a wonderfully down-to-earth manner which belies the strategic thinking of a chess grandmaster." - Legal 500
"Hickman is ‘pragmatic without being overly pessimistic." - Legal 500
"A consummate professional with both my children’s and my best interests always at the forefront. Not only was Samantha Hickman a light at the end of a dark tunnel, her team were amazing." - Private client
"Overall, I have nothing but praise for Sam and her team, they were professional, courteous and caring throughout and made a stressful event as easy as they possibly could. Thank you Sam." - Private client
Legal Directory Quotes
Sam has been consistently ranked in the Chambers Directory since 2005.
Legal 500 2021 provided that "Samantha Hickman is building an excellent team in Bristol. She has a no-nonsense approach to her cases and achieves great results". Additionally, a respondent stated that "Samantha Hickman is great – very pragmatic and sorts things out. Excellent firm with a very strong private client practice".
Sam is a Resolution accredited specialist in high net worth and cohabitation disputes. She is also an accredited member of the Law Society Family panel and a trained Collaborative lawyer and family mediator.
She has regularly appeared in the national press including the Guardian, Telegraph and the Financial Times.
VWV's Private Client team was announced as winners of the 'Trusted Private Client Law Firm' Global Award for 2016. This award showcases the achievements of the most successful and ground-breaking individuals and those who have had outstanding performances within the last year.
When not working Sam enjoys foreign travel with her long suffering husband and two young children, horse riding and scuba diving.