Sam Nickless

Partner + Chief Operating Officer
Biography

Sam is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Gilbert + Tobin.

He is responsible for the firm’s operational functions and plays a leadership role in the development and implementation of the firm’s overall strategy. With a focus on technology and innovation, Sam drives the firm to challenge the status quo, particularly in the delivery of legal services.

Sam is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading legal innovators and in 2019 Sam was named Legal Innovator of the Year at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards, Asia-Pacific.

Sam also represents the firm on the board of LegalVision, a technology-based legal start-up which is partly owned by Gilbert + Tobin.

Before joining Gilbert + Tobin in 2015, Sam worked in innovation and strategy roles for corporates in mature industries facing disruption. He was Head of Property Innovations at GPT Group, steering its response to the disruptive threats to its retail and office portfolios. Sam led GPT’s investment in on-demand workspace platform LiquidSpace and represented GPT on its board. 

Sam has also worked as an executive at Aristocrat Leisure, National Australia Bank and as a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he served a range of clients in financial services, retail, agribusiness and telecommunications, with a focus on strategy and organisation.

Sam has Economics and Law degrees from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Legal Innovator of the Year

Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia-Pacific 2019