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, authors and musicians, TV and radio personalities, 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.
In a recent case, a woman was detained under the Mental Health Act after stalking the Beckham family, and visiting their daughter's school, claiming to be her mother.06/06/2022
There is a stark comparison between televised and non-televised libel trials on each side of the Atlantic, but could it undermine our English libel courts?16/05/2022
The disastrous conclusion of Johnny Depp's English libel case has seen the resurrection of his suit against Amber Heard in the USA.22/04/2022
The Mail on Sunday's reporting of Harry's security arrangements, and whether he offered to pay himself, are to be scrutinised by a libel judge in the High Court.04/04/2022
In a case involving large properties and a dispute about the validity of a will, an executor has been removed for taking far too long to administer the estate of his late mother.28/03/2022
A libel case between Rooney and Vardy concerning leaks to newspapers is set to continue for some time yet, as mediation stumbles.07/03/2022