Sam has a broad commercial dispute resolution practice. He advises and appears in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including high-value and complex disputes concerning corporations law, contract, insurance, professional liability, corporate insolvency and bankruptcy, and construction and infrastructure litigation and arbitration. For the past four years he has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession as a recommended and leading construction and infrastructure junior counsel. Sam regularly appears led and unled in State and Federal Courts and in arbitrations.
He regularly appears for and advises clients in a variety of industries, most notably the insurance, professional services, construction and infrastructure, and property sectors.
Prior to joining the Bar, Sam was a commercial dispute resolution solicitor for five years at a leading Brisbane firm.
Notable matters as junior counsel include:
Insurance and Professional Liability
> Acting for insurers in Federal Court proceedings to resist a claim for declarations of entitlement to indemnity and damages under an Industrial Special Risk Policy.
> Acting for solicitors in Supreme Court proceedings defending allegations of negligence arising from the conduct of a retainer relating to a deceased estate.
> Acting for solicitors in Supreme Court proceedings defending allegations of negligent conduct of litigation.
> Acting for solicitors in Supreme Court proceedings defending allegations of negligence arising from mortgage frauds.
> Acting for an international firm of engineers in Supreme Court proceedings defending allegations of negligence and misleading or deceptive conduct arising from alleged defective design of transport infrastructure.
> Acting for a developer in a claim for negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct by a geotechnical engineer.
> Acting for an earthworks contractor in Supreme Court proceedings defending claims for negligence and breach of contract arising from a commercial development.
> Acting for a developer in a claim for negligence against a certifier.
> Advising the owner and operator of a public building on the implications of structural failure of the building.
Building and Construction
> Acting in arbitral proceedings concerning contractual disputes between joint venturers on a LNG project.
> Acting in an ICC arbitration for an international co-venture concerning claims arising from the design and construction of a major piece of transport infrastructure.
> Appearing (unled) in numerous cases concerning allegations of defective design and workmanship.
> Appearing led and unled in the Land Court of Queensland on numerous appeals against annual statutory valuations of commercial land.
Other Contractual and Commercial Disputes
> Advising and appearing for a major transport and logistics company in claims against an infrastructure owner following freight train derailments.
> Advising and appearing for company directors in Federal Court of Australia civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC alleging breaches of directors duties to the company.
> Advising and appearing for a charity in the Federal Court of Australia defending allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct.
> Advising and appearing (unled) in the District Court of Queensland for a company director defending claims for knowing involvement in the company’s alleged misleading or deceptive conduct and in another person’s alleged breach of fiduciary duty.
> Advising and appearing in commercial tenancy disputes in the Supreme Court of Queensland, including applications for injunctive relief.
> Advising joint venture partners in a contractual claim against a government entity.
> Appearing in a trial in the Supreme Court of Queensland concerning whether an action had been compromised.
> Advising and appearing (unled) on numerous Corporations Act issues and applications.
> Advising on partnership disputes.
Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers® 2023-24 – Listed for Professional Malpractice Litigation
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2022 – Recommended Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel (Qld)
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020-23 – Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel (Qld)
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2018-19 – Recommended Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel (Qld)
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2017 – Emerging Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel (Qld)
Legal 500 Asia Pacific Leading Construction, Infrastructure and Property Junior Counsel
2024 – “Sam has wonderful judgement and skill beyond his years. He is hardworking and in high demand by silk throughout Brisbane”
2023 – “A strong up and comer“.
2022 – “Smart, genuine, and great to work with.”
Bar Association of Queensland
Society of Construction Law Australia
LLB (Hons) (QUT)
LLM (Distinction) (University of London)