Full Name: Mr Samuel M Stafford
Phone: +61 3 9225 7601
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0434 640 593
Chambers: Castan Chambers
Room: 1816
Date of Admission: 3 Mar 1996
Called to the Bar: 20 Nov 2008
Qualifications: B.A., LL.B


Sam Stafford acts for Public and Private clients in the following areas.

Sam defends employers (from publicly listed companies to individuals) and employees charged with OH&S offences under both State (WorkSafe) and Commonwealth (Comcare) matters.  He has also prosecuted on behalf of WorkSafe in numerous matters.

Sam is recommended in Doyle's 2018 Guide for Leading WHS Counsel.

Sam advises in relation to administrative law matters and appears in Judicial Review Proceedings arising from decisions of the Magistrates’ Court, Boards and Tribunals.

Sam has acted for numerous clients in Coroners Court matters including Victorian Government Departments, WorkSafe, VICSES, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the Police Association, Municipal Councils, electricity providers, families of the deceased and individual witnesses.

Sam provided advice to the Victorian Building Authority in the Bushfires Royal Commission and is available to advise and appear in Royal Commissions on behalf of witnesses or parties affected.

Sam acts for the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the Building Practitioners Board (disciplinary proceedings), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Electrical Safety Victoria (ESV), Victorian Government Departments, Victoria Police (TCO) and the Pharmacy Board, in prosecutions.

He also defends private clients against prosecutions and inquiries brought by those bodies under the Building Act 1993, the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the Environment Protection Act 1970, The Electrical Safety Act 1998, Education and Care Service National Law Act 2010, the Road Safety Act 1983, the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010.

Sam provides regulatory advice and representation to individuals, corporations, Victorian Government Departments and statutory bodies referred to above regarding:

  • the scope of statutory powers;
  • resisting subpoenas;
  • legislative interpretation and amendment; and
  • proposed legislative and regulatory amendment.

Sam advises individuals in relation to IBAC investigations and has appeared on behalf of witnesses at public examinations in  Operation Ross, Operation Ord and Operation Gloucester.

Sam appears in Trials, Contested Summary Hearings, Bail Applications, Appeals and Pleas. He has also appeared in applications under the Crimes (Mental Impairment Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997, matters and reviews under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009.

Sam has been selected on the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List.

As a solicitor and barrister Sam has acted for individual and corporate clients in domestic and commercial building disputes in all Victorian Courts and VCAT.

Sam has tutored business law and equity in the Griffith University Business and Law Schools and has conducted numerous seminars for clients including law firms, Statutory Authorities, Councils and the Victorian Municipal Building Surveyors Group (VMBSG) on topics such as OH&S, investigations, evidence, drafting techniques and recent changes to the law.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Building Law & Construction Law

Common Law

  • Negligence
  • Workers Compensation

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Mental Illness
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle
  • Work

Environmental Law & Planning Law

  • Civil Enforcement
  • Planning Offences


  • Local Government

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review

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