Full Name: Mr James Westmore
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Mobile: 0402 661 077
Chambers: Stawell Chambers
Room: 1.3
Date of Admission: 8 Nov 2011
Called to the Bar: 1 May 2014
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) (Melb); BA (Melb)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor


James Westmore practices principally in Criminal Law and Administrative Law. He holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and has been selected as a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister.Since coming to the bar, he has appeared in:

  • the Court of Appeal as junior counsel;
  • Federal Court judicial review proceedings as junior counsel;
  • County Court jury trials, pleas and appeals;
  • Magistrates' Court contested committals, contested hearings, pleas, bail applications and contested applications pursuant to the Road Safety Act 1986 and the Firearms Act 1996;
  • Children's Court contested hearings involving serious sexual offences.

James has also acted for clients involved in Royal Commission and IBAC proceedings.

Prior to coming to the bar, James was employed at Galbally O’Bryan Lawyers as a solicitor before taking on a role as solicitor-advocate in his last two years at the firm.As a solicitor-advocate, James developed a strong advocacy practice in a range of matters and jurisdictions.As a solicitor, James had carriage of a wide range of criminal and quasi-criminal matters including ASIC prosecutions, complex murder trials, sexual offences trials, appeals and professional disciplinary proceedings.In addition to his experience in criminal law and advocacy, James has a very sound knowledge of uniform evidence law.Prior to his admission to practice, James completed his studies at Melbourne University, graduating in Law with honours and in Arts before completing articles under the guidance of Paul Galbally and Peter Ward at Galbally & O’Bryan Lawyers.James read with Trevor Wraight QC. His senior mentor is Neil Clelland QC.

Recent CasesDi Giorgio v The Queen [2016] VSCA 335 

DPP (Vic) v Hudgson [2016] VSCA 254DPP v Dalgliesh (a Pseudonym) [2016] VSCA 148 

Ellis v The Queen [2015] VSCA 21

DPP (Cth) v Estrada; DPP (Cth) v Yuan; DPP (Cth) v Byun [2015] VSCA 22; (2015) 45 VR 286

Dyason v The Queen [2015] VSCA 120

Areas of Practice


  • Criminal Appeals

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Environmental
  • Extradition
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests
  • Royal Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Extradition
  • Judicial Review

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