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Sam is an experienced commercial barrister at Bankside Chambers in Auckland and a member of Bankside's Singapore office.

Education

  • Auckland Grammar School
  • LLB - University of Canterbury, 1994
  • LLM (hons) - University of Auckland, 2006

Bio

Sam is an experienced commercial barrister at Bankside Chambers in Auckland and a member of Bankside's Singapore office.

He practices across all areas of commercial and related disputes, with particular expertise in commercial/contractual disputes, insolvency, negligence, trusts and equity, tax, land and company law.


After receiving his degree Sam spent 5 years in the litigation department at Ashurst Morris Crisp in London. Upon returning to New Zealand he obtained a first class Master’s Degree in Law, specialising in Commercial Law. He went to the independent bar in 2005, working as a junior at Shortland Chambers for 2 years before becoming a member of Bankside Chambers in May 2007.


Sam has appeared as counsel at all levels of the New Zealand courts, including tribunals, and has regularly represented clients in mediations, arbitrations and judicially-assisted settlement conferences. He has also acted as clerk to the tribunal in many international arbitrations.


Sam is an approved civil legal aid lead provider, with certification for appellate work.

Work Highlights

McGrory Marketing Ltd v Integra Marketing

Acting for New Zealand companies in a claim in the High Court of Singapore against a Singaporean shipowner for conversion of crude oil in Bougainville


Byrne v Rose

Acting for the defendant in a claim and successful counterclaim involving the construction of a robotic dairy shed


NZ Trust Corporation v Bonnard Lawson SA

Acting for a trustee company against a Swiss law firm in a claim for unjust enrichment and orders allowing service out of New Zealand


Didsbury v Sealed Air Limited

Acting for the developers of the Matakana town centre in a claim for poor construction of the Matakana Cinema roof


Carlo Salvi Estate Trust

Acting for a New York trustee in seeking to vary the terms of a trust deed in the New Zealand High Court


Commissioner of Inland Revenue v AS Retail Limited

Acting for the defendant in a claim for unpaid tax, and negotiating a settlement arrangement to avoid liquidation, in part based on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • NZLS
  • NZBA
  • AMINZ