Full Name: Mr Samuel J Tovey
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: David Ross Chambers
Date of Admission: 18 Mar 2010
Called to the Bar: 25 Oct 2012
Qualifications: BA; LLB (Monash)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor (Galbally & O'Bryan)


Sam practices principally in criminal law, where he has developed of wide-ranging practice in all manner of criminal offences, in particular, serious indictable crime.

Since coming to the bar in 2012, Sam has regularly appeared in a wide variety of criminal cases, including:

  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal (interlocutory, conviction and sentence);
  • Trials and pleas in the County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria;
  • Disciplinary matters at various tribunals such as the AFL Tribunal, Racing Victoria Appeals Tribunal, in addition to VCAT and the AAT; and
  • Bail applications, pleas, contested hearings and contested committals in the Magistrates’ Court.


Prior to coming to the bar Sam was worked at a top-tier criminal law firm, Galbally & O'Bryan, where he was principally employed as an in-house advocate.

Sam holds an Indictable Crime Certificate (IIC), is on the VLA Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association. 

Alongside his criminal practice,  Sam also accepts briefs and appears in Occupational Health and Safety matters.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Family Law

  • Care & Protection

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
From 17 Jul 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

« Back to search results