Samuel Barker


Sam started his career as a solicitor in Melbourne, Australia and was lucky enough to work for and be mentored by a leading insurance and litigation solicitor in a large Australian law firm, in which practices included a mix of high value personal injury and insurance matters. Due to the nature of the practice, Sam developed a speciality in claims arising out of intentional torts (physical and sexual assault), organisational vicarious liability for criminal acts of employees and psychiatric injuries. 

Sam made the decision to move to London in late 2017 and jumped at the opportunity to work as an Australian Qualified Solicitor in Hugh James' esteemed Specialist Personal Injury and Abuse team, under Alan Collins. In 2019, he passed his transfer exams and re-qualified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Career History

  • Senior solicitor at Victorian Government, Department of Education and Training
  • Qualified: 2014
  • Trained at Thomson Geer, Australia


  • Units completed at Leiden University, Holland and Leeds University, UK
  • Monash University, Melbourne: Bachelor of Laws and Arts


  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Insurance Lawyers Association 

What do you love most about your job?

In my role I deal with clients who have experienced significant personal trauma and I love being able to assist those clients in preparing and pursuing a case against the persons who caused this trauma, or institutions which failed to care for them.

What do you like to do outside work?

I enjoy playing rugby, exploring London and Europe and hunting down good coffee in London.