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.  As a Prosecutor, David has conducted matters on behalf of the Queensland Government's Legal Prosecutions Services in relation to Workplace Prosecutions and the Department of Corrective Services as to Parole and Probation Breaches.  David has also been appointed to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Tier 2 Panel of Barrister’s, who are briefed by that office to prosecute matters before the Court of Appeal, Supreme and District Courts of Queensland.

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 including Workplace injury prosecutions.  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.  In 2018 David was appointed, Counsel Assisting the Hon Ian Callinan AC, on the Government’s Statutory Review of the amalgamated Administrative  Appeal Tribunal.

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 and appeals.



T. 07 3211 1141
M. 0411 142 272
F. 07 3503 9181
E. djames@qldbar.asn.au
L. Level 20


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