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Sam Wysocki

Family, Criminal and Civil Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 2020

Sam joined Walnut House as a pupil under the supervision of Hugh Cornford in 2020 and was made a tenant at Walnut House in October 2021. Sam is developing a diverse and varied practice. He prides himself on being approachable with clients and offering pragmatic advice. Prior to commencing pupillage, Sam worked as a paralegal in the family department of a regional law firm.

Family Law



Sam acts for local authorities, parents and guardians in care proceedings. He has appeared in interim and final hearings, in matters involving the instruction of experts and secure accommodation/ DOLS.


Sam represents all parties in private children disputes. He identifies and focuses on the key issues in the case, whilst remaining sensitive to the feelings of the lay client. He is respectable with opponents and litigants in person alike.

Domestic abuse

Sam frequently acts for the applicant in non-molestation and occupation order proceedings. His priority is ensuring the applicant’s, and any relevant children’s safety is guaranteed and the client leaves the court feeling secure in their situation.


Sam accepts instructions in all matters concerning divorce and the division of assets. Acknowledging that divorce and the division of assets can be one of the most emotionally draining things families go through, he brings a collaborative and pragmatic approach to resolving disputes. Sam has advised professional clients on matters concerning orders for sale of the family home, breach and enforcement of court orders and applications to vary.

Criminal Law



Sam is a Level 1 CPS prosecutor. He frequently appears on behalf of the CPS in the Crown Court. As well as appearing for the CPS in the magistrates’ court lists, Sam has been instructed to prosecute more complex trials in the magistrates court.


Sam represents Defendants in the magistrates’ courts and Crown Court across the South West. He strives to offer realistic advice whilst securing pragmatic outcomes for the client.

Motoring offences  

Sam frequently represents Defendants charged with motoring offences and facing disqualification. Sam remains in communication with his instructing solicitors throughout and offers a personal service to the lay client, helping them to feel at ease in what is often a wholly unfamiliar situation.

Civil Law


Quasi-Criminal (police applications)

Sam regularly represents the police in all matters including: dog control orders, closure orders, anti-social behaviour orders and injunctions, sexual risk orders and sexual harm prevention orders, as well as matters of disclosure in family proceedings.

Sam provides realistic advice on the strengths and weaknesses of each case and suggests ways in which the case against the Respondent can be strengthened. Sam also drafts documents to assist the police. He is also regularly instructed to review matters of legal privilege and advises the police accordingly.

Dog Control Orders

Sam has a particular interest in the relatively unknown and ancient Dog Control Act 1871.

Sam accepts instructions to represent the police and dog owners in applications for dog control orders. This is a particular area of interest for Sam, who understands that these proceedings can be highly stressful and alien for the owners involved.

Money claims

Sam receives instructions to act in claims involving personal injury. Sam also acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in credit hire claims.

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