Samantha is a commercial lawyer specialising in government, information communication technology (ICT) and major projects. She has experience advising on complex procurements and strategic contracting matters as well as military acquisition and sustainment programs. Samantha also advises on administrative law issues, including access to information, judicial and merits review, and statutory interpretation.
Samantha advises large government departments and private companies on all aspects of complex and major projects. This includes project, procurement and contract design, acquisition, sustainment and remediation strategies, project delivery models and market-testing activities, interpreting and managing contracts (including performance-based contracts), and dispute resolution and commercial settlement arrangements. She reviews, drafts and evaluates tenders and contracts, conducts commercial negotiations and advises on legislation and policy compliance.
Samantha is also a member of the firm's Pro Bono team and works with organisations, including schools, churches and charities operating across various sectors, including health, employment, education, social and public welfare, overseas aid and defence. She also works with community legal centres providing women in the ACT with free legal services.
Samantha works with large Commonwealth Government agencies and private clients on major projects, from inception and planning to implementation.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University.
Since starting her career, Samantha has worked as an advisor to the Prime Minister and two Federal Ministers, where she gained experience in administration and commercial law as well as working on two Royal Commissions.
Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2016, Samantha practised at a large multinational firm specialising in Government ICT and security law.
Outside of work, Samantha is a part of team who design and construct bespoke houses. She is passionate about interior design and will stop at nothing to find the perfect piece—often traveling up and down Australia's coastline. Samantha's design work has been featured in local design publications.
Samantha is also an avid foodie and wine collector. When she's not travelling to find the perfect design piece she can be found in some of Australia's famous wine regions adding to her collection.