• Criminal
  • Public / Administrative
  • Appeals
  • Industrial / Employment
  • Environment & Planning
  • Inquests / Inquiries
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samuel Joyce specialises in public / administrative, criminal and workplace law.

Samuel works in the field of ICAC and integrity commissions around Australia, Commissions of Inquiry, Ombudsmen, Coroners’ Courts, discipline matters, criminal law including trials, and in Judicial Review of administrative decisions, especially at state level: particularly where these areas of law collide. His Opinion work focuses on criminal appeals, grounds for Judicial Review, and internal policies, procedures and governance issues within public bodies related to compliance.

Prior to going to the Bar, Samuel was a partner at Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers, practising from South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Before joining TGB he was Associate to the Hon Justice Hall at the WA Supreme Court, and a State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia.

He is experienced counsel.

He has undertaken counsel work in all jurisdictions in Adelaide and Perth, and at the WA DPP he prosecuted serious crime on behalf of the State of WA. He appeared as prosecuting counsel in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts, including prosecuting jury trials and making the State’s submissions on sentencing.

Samuel teaches at the Adelaide Law School at the University of Adelaide. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.

Originally from Adelaide, Samuel lived in Perth for a number of years and still practices there, keeping a door tenancy at Murray Chambers.

He lives on his property in the Adelaide Hills with his dog, and is a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Australiana Fund, is a Fellow of the Foundation of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and is proud to support the violinist Alexis Milton of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra through Musical Chairs programme.

Year Admitted to Practice:
2011 (NSW)
2016 (SA)

Date signed Bar Roll:
Bar Reader


  • Master of Laws, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws, Honours, University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide

Professional Appointments:

  • Barrister at Andrew Wells Chambers
  • SA Bar Association
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law
  • Tutor, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide
  • Chairman’s Circle, Adelaide Festival of Arts

Principal Litigation:
Significant Matters:

ICAC inquiry into Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Facility

H v Commissioner of Police [2016] SADC 64

Inquest into the death of Kenneth Ken (2019)

Colclasure v Police Review Tribunal [2018] SASC 123

ICAC Inquiry into SA Police Recruit 313

Inquest into the Death of Joshua Stachor (2021)

Court of Appeal and the High Court:

Junior Counsel (to Marie Shaw QC) in Howell v the Queen – Murder appeal Court of Appeal – judgment not yet published (November 2011)

Junior Counsel (to Jane Powell) in Kerslake & McCarthy v The Queen – drug trafficking appeal against conviction in Court of Appeal – judgment not yet published (December 2021)

Junior Counsel (to Marie Shaw QC then Angus Redford) in Magro v The Queen – drug trafficking appeal against conviction in Court of Appeal judgment not yet published (February 2022)

Junior Counsel (to Marie Shaw QC and Ben Doyle SC) in Bell v The Queen – High Court of Australia (March 2022)

Junior Counsel (to Scott Henchliffe QC) in Questions of Law Reserved on the Acquittal of Hayden Sansbury – Questions of Law Reserved for the Court of Appeal – judgment not yet published (March 2022)

Junior Counsel (to Marie Shaw QC) in Trussell v The Queen – Murder appeal against conviction – judgment not yet published (April 2022)

Professional Publications:

  • The Rise Of The ‘Abuse Of Public Office’ Offence
  • What To Do If You’re Called Before A Royal Commission
  • What To Do When Charged With A Criminal Offence
  • Why Aren’t Alarms Sounding Over ICAC Changes?
  • Keep Australia’s Judicial System A Politics-Free Zone