Samuel M Stafford


Barrister

Admitted:
3 Mar 1996
Bar:
20 Nov 2008
Location:
Room 1816, Castan Chambers,
460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

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

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (OH&S)
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 again recommended in Doyles 2020 Guide to Leading OHS Barristers.

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

INQUESTS
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.

ROYAL COMMISSIONS
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.

PROSECUTIONS, DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS, AND REGULATORY ADVICE
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.

IBAC
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.

CRIME
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.

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
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.

ACADEMIC AND SEMINARS
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.

BOARD AND TRIBUNAL APPOINTMENTS

In February 2020, Sam was appointed by the Governor in Council as a Legal Member of the Firearms Appeals Committee (FAC). The FAC reviews decisions of the Chief Commissioner of Police under the Firearms Act 1996.

Sam is a member of the Board of the McFarlane Fund, a philanthropic fund dedicated to supporting artists and worthy individuals, projects and organisations involved in the visual arts in Australia.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Commercial Law
Common Law
Criminal Law
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Government
Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Public Law & Administrative Law

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

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (OH&S)
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 again recommended in Doyles 2020 Guide to Leading OHS Barristers.

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

INQUESTS
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.

ROYAL COMMISSIONS
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.

PROSECUTIONS, DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS, AND REGULATORY ADVICE
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.

IBAC
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.

CRIME
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.

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
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.

ACADEMIC AND SEMINARS
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.

BOARD AND TRIBUNAL APPOINTMENTS

In February 2020, Sam was appointed by the Governor in Council as a Legal Member of the Firearms Appeals Committee (FAC). The FAC reviews decisions of the Chief Commissioner of Police under the Firearms Act 1996.

Sam is a member of the Board of the McFarlane Fund, a philanthropic fund dedicated to supporting artists and worthy individuals, projects and organisations involved in the visual arts in Australia.