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Sam
Profitt

Sam practises primarily in commercial and public law, and also accepts briefs in criminal law matters.

Since coming to the Bar, Sam has been briefed in appearance and advice work, as well as to draw and settle pleadings and submissions for applications.

Recent matters in which Sam has acted include:

  • Hall v Arnold Bloch Leibler (a firm) (Federal Court of Australia, unled, shareholder class action involving questions of privilege and confidentiality)
  • Complex property dispute concerning the existence of an easement involving pre-Torrens, old law title (led by Charles Parkinson)
  • Tenancy dispute concerning the jurisdiction of inferior state courts following the decision in Meringnage v Interstate Enterprises Pty Ltd [2020] VSCA 30, as well as the interpretation of temporary measures in light of COVID-19 (unled, pro bono)
  • Freezing order obtained post judgment and extended for the duration of the temporary insolvency measures enacted in light of COVID-19 (unled)

Before coming to the Bar, Sam was the Senior Associate to His Honour Judge Cosgrave (then Head of the Commercial Division) and Associate to Her Honour Judge Marich of the County Court of Victoria. As a result of his time with Judge Cosgrave, Sam is well versed in the procedure and conduct of urgent and complex interlocutory applications such as freezing orders, security for costs, summary judgment, and claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002. Sam also assisted his Honour in the management and hearing of trials involving a wide range of areas of commercial law, including contractual disputes, trade practices, partnerships, equity and trusts, and property law.

During his time with Judge Marich, Sam gained experience of a wide range of criminal proceedings. Sam is familiar with all aspects of the criminal process in the indictable stream, including bail applications, pre-trial hearings, jury trials, pleas and matters under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

Prior to his time at the Court, Sam worked at Slater & Gordon in the Commercial and Project Litigation practice group. As part of the Class Actions team, Sam gained experience working on a number of securities class actions brought against multinational and publicly listed companies, as well as a mass tort proceeding against a statutory corporation.

Sam holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts (with first class honours) from the University of Melbourne. As part of his Juris Doctor, Sam developed a particular interest in cross-border disputes and private international law. He also holds a Diploma of Languages and is fluent in French, and studied at the Université de Paris-II (Panthéon-Assas) as part of his Juris Doctor.

Sam read with Dr Charles Parkinson and his senior mentor was Robert Craig SC.

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Contact

PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6218
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room 1626
Castan Chambers
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Appellate
Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Equity & Trusts
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
International Law
Public Law & Administrative Law

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
20 Feb 2018
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
07 May 2020

Qualifications

JD (Melb), BA DipLang (Melb)