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Samantha Phumaphi

Samantha is an experienced practitioner with a wide variety of experience both in the UK and South Africa. She is a barrister, mediator and arbitrator with over 15 years of experience.

Her current practice focuses on family law. She is said to have a practical and proactive approach to the issues and is able to explain simply the legal complexities of litigation. Having started her practice in criminal law, Samantha is a fierce advocate and has effective cross-examination skills to assist when it comes to defending her client’s positions. 




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Samantha's Experience

Called in 2005

Public Access Accredited


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Family Law
Child Arrangements
  • Residence orders
  • Contact issues
  • Parental responsibility
  • Allegations of domestic and substance abuse
  • Specific issues and prohibited steps, including abduction 

Samantha has extensive experience in child arrangements, including care proceedings, in particular contact and residence, as well as ancillary relief. She has also assisted her clients to deal with matters involving foreign elements. She has extensive experience in matters that involve domestic and substance abuse and is frequently instructed to represent clients in fact-finding and final hearings. 

Matrimonial Finance & Cohabitation Claims

    • Property claims, property sale and division of equity
    • TOLATA claims for unmarried couples
    • Maintenance, including applications to vary or enforce
    • Pensions, including ring-fencing issues
    • Representation at First Appointments, FDR and Final Hearings
    • Applications to vary or enforce
Employment Law

Samantha has extensive experience drafting pleadings and providing representation in claims concerning:

  • Discrimination (sex, race, disability)

  • Harassment  

  • Victimisation

  • Unfair dismissal

  • Breach of contract

She is highly skilled in drafting complex grounds of complaint in harassment, victimisation and discrimination claims. Her respondent work includes drafting persuasive grounds of resistance in unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, as well as providing clear advice to clients on case strategy.

Samantha is consistently praised by clients for her meticulous preparation, fearless yet tactful advocacy style, skilful cross-examination techniques and ability to simplify complex legal issues. Her employment law expertise also extends to chairing disciplinary hearings and serving as an arbitrator in South Africa, allowing her to draw on best practices locally and globally. Samantha's combination of legal acumen, pragmatism and passion for client service inspires confidence in taking on even the most challenging cases.

Civil Law
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Personal injury 
  • Court of Protection contract 
  • Debt recovery
  • Sale of goods disputes
  • Employment law

Samantha has substantial experience in civil law practice, from regularly advising and representing clients in various county courts and tribunals up to the High Court. She is often instructed in drafting work, preparing applications, draft orders, witness statements and skeleton arguments. 

Whilst in South Africa, Samantha developed her practice and gained experience in representing clients in matters of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, discrimination and wage claims. Much of her focus has been on employment law as she chairs disciplinary hearings, mediates and facilitates disputes. Samantha is able to use these skills and apply her knowledge and insight to effectively represent her clients.

Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Samantha Phumaphi, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Samantha's Testimonials

I was recently represented by Counsel Samantha P. I instructed Samantha with less than 2 weeks till the hearing on a case that has been going on for more than 5 years. I was impressed by Samantha's professionalism and attention to detail. Samantha was able to secure victory on a case that felt hopeless on paper. Thank you so much and Highly recommend TBG. Sam was very helpful in organising and facilitating the booking Samantha


Lay Client

I was put in the very capable and experienced hands of Samantha Phumaphi a Barrister who steered me through a very difficult time with patience and understanding securing a very welcome outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone going through a horrendous family situation. The fees when considering what was at stake were very reasonable.


Lay Client



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