Full Name: Mr James Anderson
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: David Ross Chambers
Date of Admission: 26 Apr 2006
Called to the Bar: 23 Oct 2014


James Anderson has practised in criminal, commercial and administrative law for over ten years. 

He regularly appears in the County Court in jury trials and pleas.  He appears in all criminal matters in the Magistrates' Court.

In the six years prior to coming to the Bar he worked primarily as an Associate Public Defender at Victoria Legal Aid and Senior Lawyer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (Darwin). In these positions he practised as counsel appearing in jury trials, appeals, pleas and committals.

He has appeared as counsel in matters relating to the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act, the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Fitness to be Tried) Act, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act and in relation to compulsory examinations conducted by statutory bodies. 

In 2012 James was accredited as a LIV Criminal Law Specialist. As Counsel, he has been designated as a Victoria Legal Aid Criminal Trial preferred barrister. 

James worked for three years at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) in the Commercial Litigation team. He worked on commercial disputes in the Commercial List of both the Victorian and New South Wales Supreme Court. He also acted in relation to personal injury and property damage claims on behalf of statutory water authorities.

His administrative law experience includes acting in relation to the review of coronial decisions, migration decisions and the conditions of prisoner detention. 

James read with Marcus Dempsey.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

  • Appellate
  • Corporate / White Collar Crime
  • Crimes Against the Person
  • Drugs
  • Fraud
  • Health & Safety
  • Juvenile / Children's Court
  • Mental Illness
  • Property
  • Sexual Assault
  • Traffic / Motor Vehicle

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Merits Review
From 30 Oct 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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