Sam Johnson Partner

Meet Sam

Sam is a partner in our dispute resolution group specialising in commercial dispute resolution, insolvency and media law.

He has wide ranging experience advising clients across many sectors including the banking and finance, investment funds, media, education and government sectors.

Sam has conducted large-scale, complex litigation and mediations across various jurisdictions and has acted on a number of high profile and contentious insolvency matters. He is a Professional Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association and advises insolvency practitioners in their capacity as voluntary administrators, deed administrators, receivers and liquidators in relation to all aspects of their administration. Sam also has extensive experience advising both print and television media in relation to defamation, legislative restrictions on publication, copyright and trade practices issues. 

Prior to joining JWS in 2006 Sam studied at the University of Cambridge where he received a Masters of Laws degree and was awarded the Clifford Chance C.J. Hamson Prize for Comparative Law. He then worked for three years in London as a solicitor in the Financial Restructuring group of a United States law firm, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

Experience

Insolvency-related dispute resolution

Maria’s Farms Veggies

(Subject to deed of company arrangement) (MFV) – managing Supreme Court litigation on behalf of the Deed Administrators of MFV.

Octaviar

Assisting with the litigious aspects of the firm’s representation of the liquidators of Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and Octaviar Limited (in liquidation).

RiverCity

Assisting with the firm’s representation of the liquidators of the RiverCity Group companies in large and complex litigation heard by the Federal Court of Australia.

One.Tel (in liq)

Assisting with the firm’s representation of the Special Purpose Liquidator, Mr Stephen Parbery, including obtaining a release for the Special Purpose Liquidator pursuant to section 480(c) of the Corporations Act (In the matter of One.Tel Limited (in liquidation) [2014] NSWSC 1892).

AWA (in liq)

Assisting with the firm’s representation of the liquidators (and formerly the administrators) of AWA Ltd including obtaining an order pursuant to section 447D of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) that the administrators would be justified entering into a proposed transaction with a commercial lender to pay out a secured creditor and to retire receivers (In the matter of AWA Limited (Administrators Appointed) (Receivers and Managers Appointed) [2014] NSWSC 249).

PrimeSpace Property Investment (in liquidation)

Assisting with the firm’s representation of the liquidators in relation to various contentious issues.

CMA Ltd (subject to deed of company arrangement)

successfully defending an appeal brought by a creditor pursuant to s1321 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) against the deed administrators’ decision to reject a proof of debt (Schmitt v Carter[2014] FCA 1370).

Wine Investment Services (in liq)

Managing complex interlocutory applications on behalf of the liquidators seeking orders that they be appointed court appointed receivers over certain wine stock and directions that they should adjudicate on claims to the wine stock, sell any surplus wine stock and distribute the sale proceeds (In the matter of Wine National Pty Ltd, James Estate Wines Pty Ltd & Liquor National Pty Ltd [2014] NSWSC 1516).

TXU Europe

Acting on behalf of the administrators and liquidators of the TXU Europe holding companies in securing a US$235 million pre- action settlement of claims against directors and shareholders, and defending a minority creditor challenge to voluntary arrangements giving effect to the settlement.

Commercial litigation

Macquarie Bank

Managed numerous litigated matters including substantial Supreme Court litigation, facilitated settlement negotiations on behalf of the client, and advised in relation to various ad hoc legal issues.

University of Newcastle

Managing the firm’s representation and advising in relation to defamation and administrative law issues.

University of New England

Managing the firm’s representation and advising in relation to defamation and administrative law issues.

University of Adelaide

Assisting with the firm’s representation and advising in relation to defamation, copyright and various contentious issues.

University of South Australia

Managing the firm’s representation and advising in relation to defamation, copyright and various contentious issues.

Westpoint

Assisting with the firm’s representation of ASIC and bringing to a successful conclusion, compensation claims instituted by ASIC pursuant to section 50 of the ASIC Act against the auditors and former directors of the failed Westpoint Group of Companies. This litigation was one of the largest and most complex claims ever made in Australia.

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Insolvency and Reorganisation Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2019 - 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Adelaide
  • Master of Laws, University of Cambridge

International experience

  • Sam worked for three years in London as a solicitor in the Financial Restructuring group of a United States law firm, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.

 

 

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