Sam specialises in commercial litigation, dispute resolution, and regulatory investigations.
Sam has expertise in a broad range of disputes, including contractual, banking and finance, insurance, intellectual property, construction and public law matters. He has experience representing clients in connection with investigations and proceedings by the Commerce Commission, Securities Commission, Serious Fraud Office, and UK Financial Markets Authority.
Sam has recently returned from the UK where he worked at Dentons UKMEA LLP, and completed a secondment to a major UK bank in which he managed the litigation portfolio of the bank's private client division.
He has appeared as counsel in proceedings in the District Court and High Court, and has represented clients in various alternative dispute resolution forums.
Sam has advised:
- a developer in a significant claim for breach of contract against several government agencies relating to a complex public/private partnership
- a District Health Board in a claim for breach of contract brought by a Māori service provider
- insurers and brokers on a range of insurance issues
- major UK banks in a significant portfolio of claims brought by customers in relation to the alleged misselling of various financial products, including interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives, and LIBOR manipulation
- major UK banks in relation to regulatory investigations initiated by the UK Financial Markets Authority
- the Commerce Commission in the high profile claim against 13 major airlines alleging collusion to impose fuel and security surcharges for air cargo shipments to and from New Zealand
- the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Markets Authority in high profile criminal proceedings against the directors of major finance companies for securities fraud, theft, and breaches of director duties, and
- Carter Holt Harvey in a major claim against Rolls Royce and Genesis Energy concerning the construction of a Cogeneration Plant.