Sam Sykes

Solicitor 2011 / Barrister 2015

Background

Sam Sykes was called to the bar in 2015. He accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law and equity, including in corporations/insolvency, real property, construction and professional negligence.

Sam’s clients range from individuals to small and large companies, liquidators, professionals, builders, lenders and insurers, meaning he knows that clients’ needs come in different shapes and sizes. Sam understands that litigation can be daunting for inexperienced litigants. He focuses on providing pragmatic advice and solutions tailored to the client’s specific requirements.

Outside of the law, Sam tries to juggle time between his obsessions for cricket, golf and footy with his wife, son, daughter and neurotic spoodle.

Specialisations 

  • Commercial
  • Equity
  • Real Property
  • Corporations and Insolvency
  • Building and Construction
  • Insurance
  • Professional Negligence.

Sam's Notable Cases

In the Matter of Link Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) [2016] NSWSC 684. Contested application to proceed against a company in liquidation nunc pro tunc to preserve limitation period.

Auzcare Pty Ltd v Idameneo (No 123) Pty Ltd [2015] NSWCA 412. Penalties in contract – led by J Hyde Page.

Alzawy v Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Sydney, St Mary and St Merkorious Church (No.2) [2016] NSWSC 1123. Public liability – serious brain injury and consideration of issues surrounding serious medical causation – led by R Cheney SC.

Alzawy v Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Sydney, St Mary and St Merkorious Church [2016] NSWSC 1122J. Public liability – serious brain injury – led by R Cheney SC.

Edwards & Anor v CohenHandler Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCATAP 52. NCAT jurisdictional question and costs.

In the Matter of Tallevine Pty Ltd. Application to set aside a statutory demand.

Lyndon John Kube v Dominelli Group Pty Ltd T/A Rockdale Nissan [2016] FWC 7697. Unfair dismissal.

Lyndon John Kube v Dominelli Grou Pty Ltd T/A Rockdale Nissan [2016] FWC 8933. Unfair dismissal – costs.

In the Matter of Cannuli Holdings Pty Limited (in liquidation) (court appointed receiver acting). Alleged breach of fiduciary duties.

Nguyen v Valore [2018] NSWSC 1364. Commercial lease – relief against forfeiture.

A and F Ross Holdings Pty Ltd v Scott Heatherington t/a Scotts Auto Air and Electrical. Professional negligence – res ipsa. 

Vella v Greenhalgh & Anor. Specific performance of contract for sale of land.

Foster v QBE European Underwriting Services (Australia) Pty Ltd as Managing Agent for Lloyd’s Syndicate 386 [2018] NSWSC 440. Double insurance and equitable contribution.

Allianz Australia Ltd v Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London Subscribing to Policy Number B105809GCOM0430 [2019] NSWSC 453. Double insurance and contribution between insurers – led by S Donaldson SC.

Ritossa v Rutland [2019] FCCA 1219. Bankruptcy, penalty provisions in contract and third party payer costs considerations.

Forest Coach Lines Pty Ltd v Commissioner for Vocational Training [2019] NSWCATAD 181. Administrative law – consideration of the interplay between the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001, Fair Work Act 2009 and an employer’s rights to terminate employment.

RE Yinsanity Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 1290. Statutory derivative action by director of company.

Allianz Australia Ltd v Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London Subscribing to Policy Number B105809GCOM0430 [2019] NSWCA 271. Double insurance and contribution between insurers – led by S Donaldson SC.

Anderson v LD Contractors [2020] NSWSC 49. Consideration of meaning of “liquidated damages” in default judgment.

Moustapha v Nelson (No 3) [2020] NSWSC 1263. Freezing order application.

Metro Finance Pty Ltd v Mohen [2021] FCCA 413. Appointment of trustee pursuant to section 50 Bankruptcy Act 1966.

Bell v Beau Timothy John Harnett [2021] NSWSC 202. Effect of Service and Execution of Process Act and discretion under Uniform Civil Procedure Rules to allow proceedings commenced irregularly. 

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