Sam Prendergast Barrister

Sam Prendergast


Owen Dixon Chambers West

Room 0409

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sam has more than 13 years’ experience in commercial litigation and corporate regulation. He accepts briefs in a broad range of commercial matters.  He appears in all Victorian courts and civil tribunals.  Before coming to the Bar, Sam was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation team at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Sam’s experience at the Bar includes the following matters of significance:

Commercial acquisitions

Banking/Financial Services

  • Appearing for an investor in the Great Southern managed investment schemes in his defence of class action enforcement proceedings, including a successful application for orders that he be removed from the group proceeding (and therefore not bound by the settlement) under section 33KA of the Supreme Court Act (Murray & anor v Great Southern Managers Aust Ltd & ors (an Application by Garry James Parker [2018] VSC 416).  This was the first instance where a group member had successfully been removed from a group proceeding under that section.
  • Advising a financial services group of companies in relation to various regulatory issues arising under the Corporations Act and the group’s Australian Financial Services Licences relating to fees charged for foreign exchange services.
  • Appearing in a successful claim by an assignee of a debt who was permitted to rely upon email communications as effective assignment under the Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000 notwithstanding section 134 of the Property Law Act 1958. (Credit Corp Services Pty Limited v Hammet).


Sam has appeared in numerous hearings in the Corporations Lists of the Supreme and Federals Courts including winding up applications, applications to set aside statutory demands, public examinations and company reinstatement, including the following:

Other experience

Sam’s work as a solicitor included acting in a broad range of disputes involving general commercial litigation, corporations law, insolvency, financial services, franchising, competition, trade practices, product liability and real estate.  He also acted in applications for court approval of corporate schemes of arrangement and also acted in numerous regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and administrative appeals involving government agencies such as ASIC, ACCC, ACMA, the ATO, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Energy Safe Victoria.

Sam was also a member of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption team, advising clients in relation to a range of domestic and international compliance issues including directors’ duties, managed investment schemes, market manipulation, trade sanctions and bribery. 

He has published articles and presented seminars on a variety of subjects including bribery offences, trade sanctions, contracts and privilege.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical) from Monash University. 

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