Full Name: Stephen Russell
Phone: +61 3 9225 8197
Mobile: 0419 590 398
Chambers: Douglas Menzies Chambers
Room: 0608
Date of Admission: 2 Apr 1984
Called to the Bar: 30 Nov 1989


Stephen Russell LLB LLM joined the Victorian Bar in November 1989. Since that time he has developed a substantial practice in criminal law, notably in jury trials in the County and Supreme Courts. He is considered as one of the leading barristers in the area of Occupational Health and Safety and has been involved in a significant number of major cases in that area.

In the area of criminal law, he successfully defended the Chief Engineer in the long-running drug importation trial of the North Korean ship Pong Su.  He has been involved in major prosecutions involving social legislation including proceedings under the Environment Protection Act 1970 and the Food Act 1984. He represented the Melbourne City Council in the highly publicised case of the Rajah Sahib Restaurant and acted for Defendants successfully appealing against fines imposed for breaches of the Food Act 1984.  Previously he co-presented the high rating radio programs Talking Law and Legal Forum.

He co-authored the VCE text Exploring the Law, has been teaching at the Victorian Bar Readers course for the last 20 years and was previously a member of the Bar Readers Committee and Criminal Bar Association Committee.  

He successfully represented the Beaconsfield Gold Mine and the senior mine managers in the Special Investigation conducted by the Tasmanian Government and the Inquest resulting from the accident at the mine on Anzac Day 2006.


He has achieved preeminent status in Safety with Doyles.

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Common Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
From 1 Jul 2008, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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