Sam Burford


Sam has acted for large international and local building companies, engineers, civil contractors, rail organisations, government departments, residential builders and home owners.

Sam was recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 and 2020 editions for Construction/Infrastructure Law.

He has also been Recommended as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer and Leading Front End Construction & Infrastructure Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide in South Australia for 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Sam has significant experience in dispute resolution ranging from conciliation, expert determination, arbitration, adjudication and litigation. Sam strives to achieve early and cost effective resolutions for his clients but is diligent and committed to pursuing his clients’ rights through to a final determination if necessary.

Sam also advises builders on contracts and documentation and has provided construction and insolvency training to a number of South Australian civil and commercial building companies and to the Civil Contractors Federation of South Australia.

As well as these specialisations, Sam has experience in matters of general contract law and has acted for builders, administrators and liquidators in relation to unfair preference and debt recovery claims.

Sam is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, specialising in commercial construction, infrastructure and engineering matters.

Areas of Practice:

  • Construction, infrastructure and engineering
  • Commercial litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Contracts
  • Insolvency and debt recovery


  • Law Council, Business Law Section, Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee
  • Housing Industry Association (SA) Industrial Relations and Legal Committee
  • Australian Institute of Building