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Samuel Burrell, David Burrell & Co

Sam Burrell is the Managing Director at David Burrell & Co and offers clients 17 years experience of working exclusively in Family Law.

Sam is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and practices almost exclusively in the area of complex and complicated property settlement matters, with a special interest in complex litigation, financial agreements and Child Support.

Sam grew up in Adelaide and was admitted to practise in Adelaide in 1998, having completed his Law Degree in Darwin. Following his admission to practise, he worked for some months under the tutelage of Vickie Chapman (now the Deputy Opposition Leader of the Liberal Party in South Australia) in her then specialised Family Law practice.

After a year of extensive travel around America and Europe, he worked for a period of time as a para-legal in London involved in a major pension fraud case.

When he returned to Australia in late 1999, he moved interstate and since then has practised only in Family Law, initially in a small boutique firm and then until the end of 2006, in the prestigious Family Law department at Middletons Lawyers in Melbourne.

His practice in Melbourne related to all financial aspects of Family Law cases. He has always been interested in the tactics of negotiation and litigation and whilst practising in Melbourne, had a broad range of experience in financial matters to do with property settlement, spousal maintenance and child support issues.

Melbourne also gave him the opportunity to work with and against some of the most experienced Family Law Solicitors in Australia involving a substantial number of big money matters where Senior Counsel were briefed on both sides. He prides himself on his ability to read and understand complex company, trust, partnership and superannuation financial statements and to ferret out hidden assets and income. He is very experienced in briefing Barristers for trials and has been involved in substantial interim and final hearings in the Family Court. He takes the time and trouble to prepare the best possible written presentations for round table conferences, whether conducted informally or under the auspices of the Court and in putting together a brief for Counsel. He chooses to argue many of his own interim hearings in Court himself.

He takes a broad ranging approach to the preparation and conduct of matters, giving particular thought and his expertise to valuation issues, tactical decisions and presentation issues. He has particularly good knowledge and experience in complex child support issues and the negotiation and preparation of Living Together and Pre-Nuptial Agreements. He is unflappable in a crisis and prepared to go the extra yards and put in the extra hours where necessary, to conduct a client's case at the highest level. Given his experience in Melbourne he has, for his years, very substantial experience in difficult and complex financial cases. He is a regular attendee at conferences and seminars.

He is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.  Sam is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and is also admitted to practise in Victoria.