David James

David James | Barrister | Brisbane

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David James was called to the Bar in 2006 after practicing as a Solicitor in criminal and family law from 2002.  

Prior to his admission as a legal practitioner David spent 20 years with the Queensland Police Service.  During his Police service, he worked as a Detective with a variety of specialist squads within the Metropolitan Criminal Investigation Branch, State Crime Operations Command, Interstate Joint Major Crime Taskforces and the Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch. During this period, David held the rank of Detective Sergeant with specialist qualifications as a Covert Drug Operations Controller and a Homicide Investigations Manager. 

Throughout David's Criminal Justice career he has worked in close liaison with or acted in matters involving members of both State and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Military Police, National Crime Authority (ACC), Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), Crime and Corruption Commission (formerly CMC and CJC) and other Statutory Investigative and Enforcement Agencies.  Since entering private practice, David's policing experience has enhanced his ability to successfully defend and prosecute criminal charges.  David having been appointed to the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions’ panel of Barristers appears as Superior Court Prosecutor in relation to criminal trials as a member of the Queensland Government's Legal Prosecutions Services panel he has also prosecuted matters in relation to Workplace Health & Safety breaches. 

In focussing on criminal defence matters, David is regularly briefed to conduct trials, sentences and applications involving serious criminal charges including Drug trafficking, Murder, Attempted murder, Manslaughter, Rape, Serious assaults, Assaults as well as a variety of other Criminal and Quasi-Criminal matters.  David is a member of Legal Aid Queensland’s Complex Criminal Case Barrister’s Panel.

Additionally, David appears at discipline hearings and conducts administrative appeals and reviews in a variety of jurisdictions including the Federal Circuit Court (FCC) and Federal Court of Australia (FC).  In 2018, David was appointed by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, as Counsel Assisting The Hon Ian Callinan AC, on the Statutory Review of the amalgamated Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).  Such review included the operations of the AAT and the appeals from that tribunal to the FCC and FC with the review being presented to the Attorney-General in December of 2018.

Although David’s Chambers are based in Brisbane he regularly appears throughout Queensland and interstate in relation to a variety of Criminal and Administrative hearings together with appeals and mediations.



T. 07 3211 1141
M. 0411 142 272
F. 07 3236 2751
E. djames@qldbar.asn.au
L. Level 20


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