David James was called to the Bar in 2006 having practiced as a solicitor in criminal and family law since 2002. Prior to this, David spent 20 years with the Queensland Police Service where he worked as a Detective in a variety of specialist squads, interstate joint Major Crime Taskforces and the Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch. David obtained 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 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. David is a member of the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions’ ‘Panel of Barristers’ and appears as a Prosecutor in the Supreme and District Courts in relation to criminal trials and sentences. David is also a member of Legal Aid Queensland’s ‘Complex Criminal Case Barrister’s Panel’. David is regularly briefed to conduct trials, sentences and applications involving serious criminal charges including drug trafficking, murder, manslaughter, rape, and a variety of other criminal and quasi-criminal matters.
David also appears in family law matters and mediations with a focus on children’s matters. He also appears at discipline hearings and conducts administrative appeals and reviews in a variety of jurisdictions. In 2018, David was appointed by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, as Counsel Assisting former High Court Justice The Hon Ian Callinan AC to the Statutory Review of the amalgamated Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Although David’s Chambers are based in Brisbane he regularly appears throughout Queensland and interstate in a variety of matters.