Sam has extensive experience advising clients on work health and safety (WHS) and employment matters. He is also a litigator who acts for a wide range of clients—having acted for clients in most Victorian and federal jurisdictions.
Sam acts for clients in complex litigation, including defending WHS prosecutions and acting for employers in proceedings under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
In addition to his litigation practice, Sam is regularly called upon by his clients to provide practical and commercial advice on employment and WHS. Sam's expertise across both fields enables him to advise clients in a way that recognises the close relationship between these areas of law, and to identify and address issues that arise at an early stage.
Sam works with in-house legal counsel, safety managers and HR managers across a range of industries, including construction, mining, stevedoring, manufacturing, education, electricity, defence, insurance, sport and transport.
Sam has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Tasmania. He is currently undertaking a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Before joining Sparke Helmore's Workplace Group in April 2015, Sam was a senior associate at K&L Gates. Before then he worked as a solicitor at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).
Sam loves sport in all forms. His biggest and (usually) most frustrating passions are the Richmond Tigers and Liverpool FC. He enjoys travelling as often as he can and has a particular soft spot for the southern states of the United States as well as sailing on tall-ships in faraway parts of the world. You'll also often find him sneaking across Bass Strait to spend time with friends and family, and to enjoy the best that his former home state, the Apple Isle, has to offer.