Samuel Blackman


Sam was called to the bar in 2018. He was admitted to practice as a solicitor in 2012 working in private practice.

As a solicitor, Sam acted for insurers and self-insurers with a focus on defending public liability claims. Sam has prior experience with administrative law, consumer law, the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth) (‘SRC Act’), motor vehicle property damage, professional indemnity, insurance and general litigation.

Areas of Practice
  • Commercial and construction
  • Criminal
  • Equity
  • Federal workers compensation (SRC Act)
  • Insurance
  • Intentional torts
  • Personal injury/public liability
  • Professional negligence
Academic qualifications


Master of Laws University of Melbourne


Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice Australian National University


Bachelor of Laws (Honours Class II) University of Adelaide


Bachelor of Arts (French) University of Adelaide


Bachelor of International Studies University of Adelaide
Professional Experience
2018 –

Barrister – Edmund Barton Chambers

2014 – 2018 Solicitor/Associate – HBA Legal

Sam acted for insurers and self-insurers in proceedings against occupiers, cleaners and host employers. His work included drafting pleadings and requests for particulars, providing legal and strategic advice, case management, appearing at interlocutory applications, instructing counsel and negotiating resolution to proceedings.

2012 – 2014 Solicitor – Vardanega Roberts Solicitors

Sam commenced his career as a graduate solicitor working on public liability and catastrophic personal injury claims for major Australian insurers. In this role he appeared at directions hearings, reviewed evidentiary material, advised clients and instructed counsel. He also had exposure to work in matters involving insurance fraud, multi-party public liability proceedings and motor vehicle property claims.