Sam specialises in all areas of family law ranging from simple parenting disputes, to large and complex financial cases.
Sam has particular experience and an interest in:
- Complex financial cases involving large family businesses and/or farms, third parties, taxation issues and/or international aspects; and
- Cases involving relocation of children, whether internationally, inter-state, or intra-state.
Sam was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2007 and began practicing in a well respected New Zealand law firm principally in the areas of Family Law, Tax and Commercial Litigation.
At the end of 2007 the partner who Sam primarily worked under at the time was appointed as a Judge of the Family Court of New Zealand. Sam then moved to Perth and chose to specialise in family law.
He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and the High Court of Australia. He then spent three and a half years working closely with one of Perth’s most prominent Senior Counsel on a number of complex financial matters.
Sam became an Accredited Family Law Specialist at the end of 2013. He then completed a Masters of Law (Family Law) at the end of 2014.
In 2017, and again in 2018, he was named by Doyle’s Guide as one of Western Australia’s Leading Family Lawyers, and particularly recommended in High Value and Complex Property Matters.
Sam has been an active member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia for a number of years, including as a member of Council in 2013/2014 and 2017/2018. He is also a member of the Tax Institute of Australia, and an active member of the Law Society of Western Australia, including the Family Law Accreditation Committee.
Sam prides himself on taking a ‘solutions focussed’ approach. He works with clients to identify what they want to achieve, and to put in place a strategy to achieve this. Sam is committed to thinking outside the box to resolve disputes in a way that it commercially pragmatic, and cost proportionate.