Sam is a qualified solicitor with a comprehensive legal background. He joined Meridian in September 2018 on a six-month secondment from one of the leading law firms in the South, Trethowans LLP.
Prior to joining Meridian, whilst training to become a solicitor, Sam undertook a two-year training period at Trethowans across several commercial areas including Commercial Property, Commercial Litigation and Corporate. With regards to the latter, Sam is intending to further apply his knowledge at Meridian.
Previously, Sam worked for four years in management at an AIM 250 company, Majestic Wine Plc and went on to gain qualifications in Wines & Spirits before moving to a fine wine merchant and, amongst other things, importing wines into the UK in order to supply to top-end restaurants and heading up the tendering for large Corporate clients. This in-depth experience exponentially developed Sam’s commercial acumen and enabled him first-hand to understand the needs of a business, how it operates, and the management and planning required.
Sam has a keen interest in corporate finance and private equity and is looking to consolidate and grow his existing skills in a wide variety of transactions during his time at Meridian.
Outside of work, I enjoy travelling (perhaps unsurprisingly, to a large proportion of wine growing regions!). I combine my love of travelling with a passion for gastronomy (and eating) and wind down in the evening by listening to Motown classics whilst rustling up (most frequently) regional Italian dishes.
To offset the over-indulgences of food and wine, I also like to burn off the calories by occasionally taking a gentle stroll around the golf course (whilst exercising my eyes searching for my ball in the rough) or by hitting the gym (when I feel particularly portly).
Master of Laws (LLM LPC) - Distinction - University of Law, Guildford
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - Upper second class (with Honours) - University of Southampton
WSET Level 3 (advanced) in Wine and Spirits - Overall Merit (Distinction in Tasting)
Corporate Finance Team of the Year 2018 - The Business Magazine's Annual Solent Deals Awards
- Associate - Meridian CF Ltd
- Solicitor - Trethowans LLP
- Trainee Solicitor - Trethowans LLP
- Commercial Litigation Paralegal - Trethowans LLP
- Manager - Caviste Ltd
- Graduate Manager - Majestic Wine Plc