Sam is a partner in Lee & Thompson's film & TV group. Sam's practice covers all areas of film, television and other audio-visual rights, production, finance and exploitation with a particular emphasis on film and TV finance. He has represented many of the UK-based banks active in film and television finance (Barclays, RBS, Coutts, Bank of Ireland, Alliance & Leicester, Bank Leumi), US and Canadian banks (Comerica, City National Bank, Pacific Mercantile Bank and Aver, part of Bank of Montréal) and financiers and is recognised as a major player in this field. Examples of his work include acting as one of the principal advisers to RBS on over 80 productions that it financed between 2000 and 2006 (including Ken Loach's Palm D'Or winner 'The Wind that Shakes The Barley'), acting for Alliance & Leicester in relation to 'Casino Royale' and devising the documentation that has now become industry standard for banks to discount BBC, C4 and Sky commissions from independent producers.
After completing his training at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, Sam gained experience in Clifford Chance's debt capital markets group before joining Davenport Lyons in 1999. He joined Lee & Thompson as partner in 2013.