Sam Hemachandra

Legal Practice Director

  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Legal Studies
    Murdoch University (1998)
  • Bachelor of Laws
    Murdoch University (2003)
  • Practical Legal Course
    NSW College of Law (2003)
  • Master of Law
    University of NSW (2005)
  • Memberships

  • Law Society of WA
  • Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Family Lawyers Association
  • Women Lawyers of WA
  • Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section)
  • Migration Institute of Australia
  • Community

  • Law Society’s Access to Law
  • Mock Trial Judge (Law Society and Murdoch University)
  • Involved with the Francis Burt Law Education Programme
  • Involved with the Law Society’s Mentoring Programme for junior practitioners

Meet Sam

Sam has a real passion for justice and practising law. She is genuinely committed to being consistently outstanding in her work. Sam established Four Lion Legal in December 2013 and has worked diligently to grow the firm into the busy legal practice it is today.

When providing legal advice to a client, Sam focuses on providing commercially astute and innovative solutions, taking into account all of the relevant circumstances and adhering to the highest ethical standards required by the profession.

Sam has worked in the legal industry since 1999 in both large and small law firms. She commenced her legal career working as a paralegal and studied both a Bachelor of Legal Studies (1998) and a Bachelor of Laws (2003) at Murdoch University. She then relocated to Sydney where she was admitted to practice in February 2004.

After admission she practised in New South Wales where she dealt with matters in the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal, Local, District and Supreme Courts and Federal Courts. She continued her studies and was awarded a Master of Law from the University of NSW in 2005. In 2011 Sam returned to live and practice in Perth where she has dealt with matters in the State Administrative Tribunal, the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts (including the Court of Appeal) and Federal jurisdictions (Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Courts).

Sam specialises in the following areas: dispute resolution, litigation, secured and unsecured recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy, property disputes including disputes relating to caveats, leasing and tenancy matters, priorities with respect to security enforcement, advocacy and general litigation, criminal law, family law (property & children), migration law and administrative law including judicial review.

Sam specialises in the following areas: family law (property & children), inheritance disputes, dispute resolution, advocacy, general litigation, secured and unsecured recovery, insolvency and bankruptcy, property disputes including disputes relating to caveats, leasing and tenancy matters, priorities with respect to security enforcement, migration law and administrative law including judicial review.

Sam has acted for all the big four banks (NAB, Westpac, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank), credit unions and other financial institutions, government organisations, corporations of all sizes, partnerships, small businesses and individuals. Sam has been counsel and the instructing solicitor in relation to a number of successful decisions, including;

The notion of giving back to the community and assisting those who are less fortunate was been strongly instilled in Sam as part of her upbringing and she demonstrates this through her work and her community involvement. Sam supports the Law Society’s Access to Law program and Cancer Council’s Free Will program.

Sam works hard and is motivated by the sense of satisfaction that comes with being part of a just and fair outcome for her clients.

the FourLion Legal Team.

Meet our team of Perth and Fremantle based lawyers, experienced, trusted and friendly.

Sam Hemachandra

Legal Practice Director

Sam established FourLion Legal in 2013 and has worked diligently to grow the firm into the busy legal practice it is today.

Bhagya Karunarathne

Solicitor

Bhagya was admitted to practice law in Western Australia in September 2023, prior to which she was admitted as a solicitor in Sri Lanka in July 2017.

Theja Hemachandra

Finance Officer

With over 15 years hands on experience working in Accounting and bookkeeping, Theja is a great asset to the FourLion Legal team.

Mikayla Craig

Receptionist

Mikayla is new to the legal industry, joining our team at FourLion Legal in 2023, she is expanding her experience as our receptionist.