Sam is an experienced courtroom advocate specialising in criminal, civil and disciplinary proceedings.
Sam appears in a full range of criminal matters, including trials involving allegations of homicide, serious violence, sexual violation, drug manufacture & supply, fraud, private prosecutions and appeals against conviction & sentence.
He also appears in civil and disciplinary proceedings, including proceeds of crime litigation, Employment Court hearings, matters before the Real Estate Agents’ Authority and sports disciplinary tribunal hearings.
Sam has appeared in the various primary and appellate courts in New Zealand. He is legal aid approved for all categories of criminal and civil work, including appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
University of Canterbury: BA / LLB (2002)
Admitted to the Bar: 2003
2003: Law clerk, Chamberlains Law, Canberra
2004 – 2006: Solicitor, Gibson Sheat, Wellington
2006 – 2012: Crown Prosecutor/Associate, Meredith Connell, Auckland
2012 – present: Barrister sole
Current member: New Zealand Law Society
Current member: New Zealand Bar Association
Current member: Criminal Bar Association
Current member: Auckland Crown Solicitor’s prosecution panel