Samantha Hills

About Me

Sam works primarily in the area of financial services law.  Her clients are typically financial services licensees, including financial planning dealer groups and fund managers.

At a Glance

My Details
Key areas of expertise:
  • Advising financial services licensees – for example, in relation to disclosure requirements
  • Chairing compliance committees
  • Conducting licensee reviews
  • Running training sessions
Admitted to practice: March 2004
Career achievements: For many years, Sam edited and contributed a substantial amount of content to T-REX, a subscription-only tailored monthly regulatory exchange, published by Holley Nethercote and our associated business Compact.
Qualifications: Arts (Hons) and Law (Hons) from University of Melbourne, completed in 2003.
Future aspirations: Sam believes in seeing things from the client’s perspective.  When providing legal advice, her aim is for the client to understand her advice clearly and to know exactly what they have to do next.
Interests outside of work: Sam enjoys having adventures with her husband and three children.  Her favourite adventures involve a tent and wombats.  She sings in a choir, reads novels, plays tennis and works in the garden.  She loves a cup of tea and a long chat. 
Favourite quote: “I cannot swim in this sea of semantic exercises.” Lord Denning MR said this in one of his judgments.  I often feel the same way!

Most recent blogs written by me

  • Financial Services Law

    Attention: AFCA members. ASIC must be notified!

    Friday, 16 November 2018
    Licensees who have joined AFCA but have yet to notify ASIC must do so prior to 30 November, or be prepared to face late fees.

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  • Financial Services Law

    Protecting your licence from advisers who breach

    Monday, 12 November 2018
    Being able to sever ties with an adviser who is breaching your AFS licence obligations is an important consideration for licensees. You should be sure that your authorised representative agreements provide you with sufficient ability to terminate advisers at short notice for material compliance breaches.

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  • Commercial Law

    The Big Bank Case – Round 1: Fees and penalties

    Monday, 10 December 2012
    You may have heard about the big case against the banks that has recently been run in the High Court (The ANZ case). It is a substantial decision that can potentially impact many Australians. In this post, we describe it in non-legal terms.

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