Samuel Barker

Solicitor

Biography

I started my 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. My practice included a mix of high value personal injury and insurance matters. Due to the nature of my practice, I 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. I 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, I passed my transfer exams and requalified as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

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.

Memberships

Law Institute of Victoria

Australian Insurance Lawyers Association

Education

Bachelor of Laws and Arts, Monash University, Melbourne.

Units completed abroad at Leiden University, Holland and Leeds University, England.

Where you trained

Thomson Geer

The year you qualified

2014

Previous workplaces

Thomson Geer, Solicitor

Victorian Government, Department of Education and Training, Senior Solicitor