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Johnson Winter & Slattery

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Dispute Resolution, Media, Restructuring & Insolvency




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.


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

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Media and entertainment

The media group at Johnson Winter & Slattery employs its experience and advanced AI tools to provide solutions for a roster of major multimedia clients, including commercial television broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, tech multinationals, and motion picture companies. Led from the Sydney office by media law specialist Kevin Lynch the team advises such household names as Microsoft, Verizon, and the Seven Network, across the tech, entertainment, education, and health care sectors. The group’s full range of services covers defamation, pre-publication matters, and media venture capital matters. The team is backed by pre-publication expert Sam Johnson in Sydney and dispute negotiation specialist Eve Thomson in Adelaide. The team has also been boosted since senior associate Jennifer Dean joined from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.