Sam specialises in large and complex commercial litigation matters with a particular focus on consumer credit and financial markets law, regulatory matters and breach of contract.  

Sam has represented clients in relation to numerous investigations and civil and criminal proceedings involving the Commerce Commission and Financial Markets Authority. He regularly advises on the Fair Trading Act, consumer credit finance legislation and general contract claims.

Sam is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Samoa (non-practising).

Work Highlights

Financial Markets Authority

Acting in proceedings against NZX-listed CBL Corporation Limited and its directors and chief financial officer alleging breaches of IPO disclosure and continuous disclosure obligations.


Acted in proceedings in the High Court and Court Appeal brought by the Commerce Commission testing the application of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 to the peer-to-peer lending industry.

Macquarie Bank

Defending a claim by a large group of investors in relation to funds they invested with Coral Investment Securities.

Westland Milk

Acted in High Court interim injunction proceedings related to the continued collection of milk following a breach of contract claim

Accident Compensation Corporation and Guardians of the NZ Superannuation Fund

Acting in a claim against New Zealand Post for breach of warranties given in connection with the sale of shares in Kiwibank.

LJ Hooker

Acting in the Commission's proceedings in the High Court against the major real estate companies under s30 of the Commerce Act.

Other clients

Provided litigation advice on numerous due diligence reports for significant mergers and acquisitions.

Acted for global management consulting firm in relation to breach of contract claim for a mining consultancy engagement in West Africa.

Acting for clients in relation to Commerce Commission claims concerning responsible lending and credit fees.

Areas of Expertise

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