Sam has extensive experience advising clients on work health and safety (WHS) and employment matters. He is a litigator who acts for a wide range of clients in most Victorian and federal jurisdictions.
Sam's reputation and expertise in WHS and employment law was recently recognised in the 2018 Doyles Guide, when he was listed as a WHS/Employment Rising Star.
Sam acts for clients in complex litigation, including defending WHS prosecutions and acting for employers in proceedings under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Sam has worked on matters across many jurisdictions, including the Federal Court, Full Federal Court, Magistrates' Courts, Coroners' Courts, District/County Courts, Supreme Courts, the Fair Work Commission, VCAT and Courts of Appeal in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
His experience extends to complex evidentiary matters arising under the common law, and State and Federal evidence legislation, as well as relevant procedural matters.
In addition to his litigation practice, Sam is regularly engaged to provide practical, commercial and proactive advice on employment and WHS. His expertise 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 is regularly called upon to deliver training to clients and industry groups, including the delivery of interactive sessions and moot-court simulations.
Sam works with in-house legal counsel, safety managers, HR managers and senior executives 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 (First Class 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 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.