Mr Samuel R Horgan QC

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Sam Horgan practices in all aspects of commercial law. He has particular expertise in shipping, international sale of goods and commodities, competition law and regulated industries (gas, electricity, telecommunications, pipelines), contract law and all aspects of property law.

He accepts briefs at both trial and appellate level in all Australian jurisdictions as well as domestic and international arbitrations.



(a) General commercial matters

Winky Pop Pty Ltd v Mobil Refining Australia
[2016] VSCA 187, Tort - damage to land - nuisance - damages - diminution in property value. 

Chong & Neale v CC Containers Pty Ltd [2015] VSCA 137, Tort – conspiracy – container service and storage business – evidence – inferences – privilege against self-incrimination.

Cornerstone Hardware Brokers (Australia) Pty Ltd v Methven Australia Pty Ltd [2015] VSCA 128, Contract – variation – proof of loss.

Vic Hotel Pty Ltd v DC Payments Australasia Pty Ltd [2015] VSCA 101, Evidence – waiver of privilege – test for waiver.

Robinson v Jones [2015] VSC 22, Succession wills and probate – informal will – testamentary capacity.

Vasco Investment Managers Ltd v Morgan Stanley Australia Limited [2014] VSC 455, Confidential information - identification of information - restitution - quantum meruit -success fee.

CC Containers Pty Ltd v Lee & Ors [2014] VSC 151
Tort - conspiracy to defraud - inferences - Equity - secret commission 

Wilde v Art Pacific Pty Ltd [2013] VSCA 250 - default under mortgage – service - doctrine of fair notice.

Nicholson v Hilldove Pty Ltd [2012] VSC 598 - conveyancing – agency – contract. 

Bacchus Distillery Pty Ltd v BDS Marketing Australia Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 827, injunction – passing off breach of copyright.

Mount Gibson Mining Ltd v Rizhao Steel Ltd (2011), Arbitration before A.M. Gleeson AC QC arising out of breach of life of mine offtake contracts by Chinese purchasers.

Paradise Enterprises Ltd v Kakavas
[2010] VSC 25, foreign law – unconscionable conduct – gaming – public policy.

Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission
(2010) – Asset maintenance contractor.

Safari Automotive Technology Pty Ltd v Ironman 4 x 4 Pty Ltd
[2009] FCA 1330, Injunction – passing off.

Kay Group Holdings Pty Ltd v K & K Plastics Pty Ltd
[2008] VSC 500 commercial arbitration appeal – sale of business.

Environmental Systems Pty Ltd v Peerless Holdings Pty Ltd
 (2008) 19 VR 358, contract - damages - industrial machinery.

Piva v Sportiva Macchina International Pty Ltd [2006] VSC 321, contract.
Challenge Charter Pty Ltd & Anor v Curtain Bros. (QLD) Pty Ltd v Ors 92004) 9 VR 382, contract.
Foody & Anor v Horewood (In the matte of Mushai Pty Ltd) [2003] VSC 347, [2004] VSC 222 and in the Court of Appeal [2007] VSCA 130, Oppression - Director's duties - valuation.

Challenger Charter Pty Ltd & Anor v Curtain Bros. (QLD) Pty Ltd & Ors
(2004) 9 VR 382, contract.

Foody & Anor v Horewood (In the matter of Musashi Pty Ltd) [2003] VSC 347, [2004] VSC 222 and in the Court of Appeal [2007] VSCA 130, Oppression - Director's Duties - valuation.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative Company Ltd v Cobram Laundry Service Pty Ltd [2001] VSCA 57, contract.

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Ltd v Cobram Laundry Service Pty Ltd
[2001] VSCA 57, contact.

(b) Admiralty and Martime Law

Chong & Neale v CC Containers Pty Ltd [2015] VSCA 137, Tort – conspiracy – container service and storage business – evidence – inferences – privilege against self-incrimination.

Transfield ER Futures Limited v The Ship “Giovanna Iuliano” [2012] FCA 548, Admiralty – Arrest – forward freight agreements – set aside arrest.

Jebsens International (Australia) Pty Ltd v Interfert Australia Pty Ltd [2012] SASC 50, International arbitration – Shipping and Navigation – Breach of Charterparty – sea carriage document.

Strong Wise Ltd v Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd (The “APL Sydney”) [2010] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 555; (2010) 185 FCR 149 and 237, Admiralty – Limitation of Liability – Convention – multiple claims arising out of ship’s anchor fouling submarine gas pipeline.

Qenos Pty Ltd v The Ship “APL Sydney” (2009) 187 FCR 282, Shipping and Navigation – Limitation of Liability – consequential loss – pure economic loss.

BHPB Freight Pty Ltd v Cosco Oceania Chartering Pty Ltd [2008] FCA 551, anti-suit injunction.

ASP Holdings Pty Ltd v Pan Australia Shipping Pty Ltd (“Boomerang 1”) [2006] FCA 1379, arrest of a ship in administration.

Scandinavian Bunkering AS v The Bunkers on Board the Ship FV “Taruman” (2006) 151 FCR 126, Arrest - property.

Alcantara v The Ship MV “Mawashi Al Gasseem” SAD/201 of 2005, the repatriation and payment of the Master and crew of the Ship “Mawashi Al Gasseem”.

Den Norske Bank (Luxembourg SA v The Ship "Martha II" [2000] FCA 241

Nautilus Australia Ltd v The Ship "Rossel Current" [1999] QSC 39.

Philip Morris Ltd v Bridge Shipping Pty Ltd (1994) 2 VR 1, Joinder of Parties - time bar.

(c) Regulated Industires / Competition

Applications by Public Interest Advocacy Centre Ltd and Ausgrid [2016] A CompT 1 - Energy and Resources - applications for review of distribution determinations NSW and ACT.

SPI Electricity v Australian Energy Regulator
[2014] FCA 1012 – administrative law – ADJR Act review of regulator’s decision on distributor’s approved budget.

Appeal by SPI Electricity Pty Ltd [2013] ACompT7 – appeal against regulator’s reassessment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure expenditure.

Application by United Energy Distribution Pty Ltd [2012] A CompT 1, [2012] A CompT 8, Competition Tribunal – appeal against regulator’s assessment of revenue allowance for electricity distributor.

Application by SPI Electricity Pty Ltd [2012] A CompT 11 – Competition Tribunal – Advanced Metering Infrastructure – commercial standards – prudency of expenditure. 

Application by DBNGP (WA) Transmission Pty Ltd – ACT 2 of 2012, terms of access to the Bunbury to Dampier Natural Gas Pipeline.

Application by Chime Communications Pty Ltd [2008] A CompT 4 – Telecommunications Access Regime – declared services.

Envestra v District Court of South Australia [2007] SASC 177, judicial review of tribunal decision. 

Pacific Hydro Ltd v Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (2006) 150 FCR 124, renewable energy credits. 

XStrata Queensland Ltd v Santos Limited [2005] QSC 323. 

Yallourn Electricity Ltd v Enron Australia Pty Ltd (in liq) [2005] NSWCA 326, futures contracts – ISDA – electricity swaps. 

Sims and Another v TXU Electricity Ltd [2005] NSWCA 12, futures contracts – ISDA – electricity swaps. 

Murraylink Transmission Co Pty Ltd v National Electricity Market Management Co Ltd [2003] VSC 265, Interconnector - judicial review of tribunal decision.

TXU Electricity Ltd v Office of the Regulator-General (2001) 3 VR 93.

TXU Electricity Ltd v Office of the Regulator-General [2001] VSC 153. assessment of regulated income. 

(d) Property Law

Impact Funds Management Pty Ltd v Roy Morgan Research Ltd
[2016] VSC 221, Leases and tenancies - construction - repudiation - relief against forfeiture. 

Prowse v Johnstone [2015] VSC 621, Real Property - Restrictive covenant - validity. 

Carbon Black Lab Pty Ltd v Launer [2015] VSCA 126, Caveat – interest as purchaser – notice of default and rescission.

Freilich v Wharton [2013] VSC 533, restrictive covenant – application to modify.

Suhr v Michelmore [2013] VSC 284, restrictive Covenant – application to modify – construction.

A. Woodley Osteopathic Services Pty Ltd v TAC [2013] VSCA 350, tort – escape of horse from property – existence of duty – breach.

Grant v Preece [2012] VSC 55, Restrictive Covenant – application to modify – obsolescence – substantial injury – estoppels.

Fraser v Di Paolo [2008] VSC 117 – removal or modification of restrictive covenant.

East Melbourne Group Inc v Minister for Planning & Anor
[2008] VSCA 217 (planning appeal; administrative review).

Break Fast Investments Pty Ltd v PCH Melbourne Pty Ltd (2007) 20 VR 311 (airspace encroachment).

Bevilacqua v Merakovsky [2005] VSC 235 – removal or modification of restrictive covenant.

Biki v Chessells [2004] VSCA 70 - ancillary easement rights.

Gordon v Body Corporate Strata Plan 3023 & Anor [2004] VSC 359.

Walker & Sopov v Registrar of Titles (2001) 8 VR 618.

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Recent Papers delivered

Presented to the Maritime Law Association of Australian and New Zealand – Victorian Branch, March 2008

Presented to the Company of Master Mariners of Australia as The Boulton Lecture 2011 and to the Victorian Bar CLE December 2011

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    29 February 1988
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    26 May 1988
  • Date Appointed Silk
    26 November 2008
  • Qualifications
    LL.B., B.Sc. (Org. Chem.)

Areas of Speciality

  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity
  • International Law
  • Property & Probate