Judith is a well-established and very experienced litigator. She grew up in North Devon and attended university in the South East of England where she obtained an honours degree in History, and a masters degree in English, before converting to the Law.
She trained with a large South East firm, and qualified as a solicitor in their highly-respected dispute resolution team in 2002. She later moved on to work for a Top 50 law firm, specialising in professional negligence claims, before returning to her North Devon roots in 2011 to work for Samuels Solicitors. Judith became a partner in Samuels in 2013.
For some years now, Judith has specialised in reputation management work, primarily dealing with libel and slander cases, the right to be forgotten and appeals to the Information Commissioner's Office.
Judith has advised clients with claims against national television companies including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, national and local newspapers, and social media companies.
She has advised a wide range of individuals, including well-known social media influencers, TV and radio personalities, musicians, local and national politicians, athletes, reality TV personalities, Premiership footballers, high profile professionals, as well as many others.
Her reputation management work regularly includes advising clients about complex and sensitive breach of privacy issues. She has assisted many clients with the removal of personal images and other material from a wide range of websites, some of which have been published maliciously.
Judith also deals with more general commercial litigation, including professional negligence claims, and she has taken cases to the House of Lords and the Court of Appeal (such as the nationally reported professional negligence case of Padden v Bevan Ashford).
Judith’s particular strength is dealing with complex, high-value and challenging cases, whilst maintaining a calm and unflappable approach, which is very much appreciated by clients.
Judith is a keen musician and plays a number of instruments. She enjoys boxing twice a week, and is very well-travelled, but hasn’t yet found a beach to beat ours in North Devon, where she can be found most weekends, playing with her kids.
A recent case has found that a doorbell fitted with a camera has breached the privacy of the owner of a neighbouring property. Are you worried that your neighbours are filming you?15/10/2021
The right to be forgotten is an important tool which can be used to protect your reputation, and your private or family life. How does this interact and compete with the right to freedom of expression?28/09/2021
The number of social media users on the planet is huge, and it's growing. Every social media user is a publisher under the law and untrue statements are inevitably published, but what can you do?28/09/2021
A Judge confirms that individuals can expect their private correspondence to be protected. This will apply to letters, emails, texts and all other forms of written communication.22/02/2021
If you see unwanted material in a search of your name, you can apply to search engines to block the results in certain circumstances.15/04/2020
A recent case demonstrates that publishers must consider the content in their archives, as well as their new stories.10/01/2020