Partner, Education & Community Care Solicitor
Samantha joined Simpson Millar (previously Maxwell Gillott) in 2007, and completed her training contract with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor in December 2009.
After qualification, she worked in Education, Community Care and Public Law for another law firm and a charity. She then took a post with Hertfordshire County Council as an Education Solicitor, before returning to work with Simpson Millar at our London office in 2015. Samantha is now based in our Bristol office, growing the Public Law team’s presence there.
The Education Team has been ranked as Top Tier in the Legal 500 rankings this year and Samantha has been named as a key lawyer in the team.
Feedback from Legal 500 on Samantha said:
Sam Hale is dedicated and tenacious. Always goes the extra mile for her clients. A real star. Manages to find new ways to tackle and solve her client’s problems.
Samantha helps children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) secure the right educational placements and provision, within the First-tier and Upper tier Tribunal, as well as helping parents before they are given a right of appeal, by attending Annual Reviews, and reviewing draft Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), providing comments on these on parents’ behalf.
Samantha has a particular interest in dealing with disputes over home to school transport through Local Authority appeal processes and Judicial Review. She also assists with cases regarding school admissions, exclusions and disability discrimination.
Samantha regularly undertakes advocacy in the First-tier Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal. In August 2017, Samantha gained her Higher Rights of Audience, which means she is also able to carry out her own advocacy in the High Court.
Samantha is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2019.
Interests outside of work
Samantha has completed an introductory course in British Sign Language. She enjoys learning to ice skate and walks with her dog.