Nicholas Goodfellow

Nicholas Goodfellow

  • Admitted: 2009
  • Bar: 2012


David Ross Chambers
Level 9, 456 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Nick practices in all areas of criminal law and quasi-criminal matters, with a particular focus on occupational health and safety law.

He regularly appears in:

  • Trials and pleas in the County Court involving OH&S, serious violence, sexual offending, drug trafficking and fraud matters.
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal, including interlocutory, sentence and conviction appeals.
  • Disciplinary hearings at VCAT and AAT.
  • Contested and committal hearings in the Magistrates’ Court.

His practice includes providing advice to government, corporations and individuals.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Nick worked at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions and at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre.

Internationally, Nick has previously worked at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and for the United Nations at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. He also briefly worked for Charles Taylor’s (former Liberian President) defence team in the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Nick holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, awarded 2013, with a focus on criminal and international law. He has been published in the International Criminal Law Review. Nick is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List and holds an Indictable Crime Certificate.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.


  • Human Rights Committee
  • Indigenous Justice Committee

Notable Cases

  • DPP v Seascape Constructions Pty Ltd [2020] VCC 1132 – OH&S prosecution following workplace death.
  • Victoria Williams (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2021] VSCA 35 – Reduction of sentence on appeal.
  • Re Granata [2020] VSC 879 – Bail application following alleged breach of control order.
  • Austin Harrison (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2020] VSCA 157 – Conviction appeal considering definition of ‘penetration’
  • Mazin Putrus v The Queen [2019] VSCA 59 – Conviction appeal considering doctrine of ‘continuous appropriation’.
  • Jamie O’Toole v The Queen [2019] VSCA 185 – Reduction of sentence on appeal.
  • Charles Hagan (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2019] VSCA 200 – Interlocutory appeal on stay application.
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