The Branch Office Building 45 Cameron Street, Launceston Tasmania

Phone: (03) 6332 9353


Sam Pratt
EDUCATIONUniversity of Tasmania, Australia, LL.B., 1996
University of Tasmania, B.Com., 1996
ADMISSIONSSupreme Court of Tasmania, 1998
Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1999
MEMBERSHIPSLaw Society of Tasmania
Tennis Tasmania - Board Member
Cycling Tasmania - Board Member
SKILLSCommercial Law Specialist with extensive experience in all aspects of contract drafting, reviewing and negotiation

Sam has more than 20 years experience in Commercial Law.

He advises, negotiates and prepares documentation relating to the acquisition and disposal of property, retail and commercial leasing.

His experience also includes acting on the sale and purchase of businesses, contract preparation, reviews and negotiations in commercial transactions including franchising.

Sam has extensive experience in acting for a number of public, private and government landlord and tenant clients. He advises and assists in the preparation and review of agreements for lease, leases, letters of offer, extension, variation, assignment and surrender of lease documents including tenant default and termination procedures together with acting in relation to the sale and purchase of commercial property and businesses.

Work History

  • Launceston based law firm Douglas & Collins - August 1997 to April 1999.
  • The Western Australian office of national law firm Minter Ellison - May 1999 to February 2012.
  • Establised Launceston based law firm Cormiston Legal in March 2012.


Our History

Cormiston Legal was established in March 2012 by Sam Pratt.

The name comes from the farm where Sam’s wife Karen grew up - Cormiston, which was settled in 1824 on the banks of the Tamar River by Archibald Thomson (Karen’s great-great-great grandfather).

Archibald Thomson was part of the early wave of colonists who settled in Northern Tasmania, leaving Scotland in 1822 on the ship “Castle Forbes” to take up a land grant in Van Diemen’s Land. The land was developed and worked on by assigned convicts for many years, until transportation ceased in the 1850’s.

By the 1860’s, the property had expanded to almost 5,000 acres and had a newly-built two storey Victorian Italianate style home. The house was lived in by the family for several generations, but in later years it was left derelict and the farm subdivided up.

However in a new chapter, the c. 1860 Cormiston House was restored in 2006 and is now lived in again by a new generation of the family – Karen and Sam and their two children, who are the seventh generation of the family to have lived there.