WH Profile Pic Oct 23 707x1024 - Sam Wysocki

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 frequently acts for all parties in care proceedings. He has represented clients in interim removal hearings and in multi-day final hearings including the cross-examination of expert witnesses. He has also represented the local authority and parents in secure accommodation / DOLS hearings.

Sam regularly represents parents, Guardians and wider family members in private law children disputes. He has appeared and represented clients accused of domestic and sexual abuse at fact finding hearings and has secured orders which ensure the safety of vulnerable children and their main carer from an abusive partner, including restrictions on the exercise of parental responsibility.

Sam regularly represents parents who cannot agree on their child arrangements at all stages of the court process. He advocates for a collaborative approach to resolving conflict by identifying the key issues and negotiating an outcome which enables the parents to move forward together for the benefit of their children.

Sam also represents parties who are accused of breaching family court orders in committal proceedings.

Criminal Law


Sam is a level 1 CPS prosecutor and frequently appears on behalf of the CPS in the Crown Court. Sam has been instructed to prosecute more complex trials in the magistrates’ courts including the cross-examination of expert witnesses.

Sam represents defendants in all areas of criminal law in both the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts. He offers realistic advice to clients and communicates in an understandable way for clients with mental health problems and learning difficulties.

Civil Law


Sam’s practice also includes the regular advice and representation of local authorities and defendants in quasi-criminal jurisdictions including: Firearms appeals (including with public interest immunity considerations), SHPOs and SROs, ASB Injunctions, Appeals against CPNs, Dog Control Orders, and POCA / Forfeiture proceedings. Sam is happy to offer assistance including with procedural issues and drafting of applications.

Sam also accepts instructions in the civil courts and has represented and/or advised parties in the County Court and in the High Court.

Biographical and Other Information

  • Awards
  • 2020 – Lincoln’s Inn, Buchanan Prize; 2019-20
  • Awards
  • 2019-20: BPTC (Outstanding)
  • Awards
  • 2019 – Lincoln’s Inn – Droop Scholar
  • Awards
  • 2018 – Ashurst Prize for Outstanding law student (University of Exeter)
  • Education
  • 2015-2018 – LLB – University of Exeter (First Class Honours)

Civil Law team members