Jim has an extensive criminal law practice in which he appears as defence counsel as well as prosecuting on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions and other authorities.
He has appeared in a large number of criminal trials and pleas in the County and Supreme Courts. These matters have included charges of homicide, culpable driving, drug trafficking, violence offences, property offences, dishonesty offences, extortion, blackmail, sexual offences, conspiracy, false imprisonment, firearms offences, arson, attempting to pervert the course of justice, perjury, and offences relating to solicitors' trust accounts.
Jim holds an Indictable Crime Certificate and is on Victoria Legal Aid's Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List.
In the civil jurisdiction, Jim practices primarily in the areas of commercial law, construction law and property law, appearing in trials and applications in the County Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and VCAT.
Jim has over 15 years experience in the alternative dispute resolution and mediation of commercial and construction disputes.
He has also appeared in coronial inquests, Royal Comissions, and civil and criminal appeals in the Court of Appeal.
Because of his broad practice, Jim has particular expertise in areas where the criminal and civil law intersect, such as white-collar crime and building and planning prosecutions.
Jim Shaw completed articles and signed the Bar Roll in 1996. He read with Craig Harrison QC.
He has been a member of Crockett Chambers since 2005.
Jim is a member of the Building Dispute Practitioners' Society, the Commercial Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association, and the New South Wales Bar Association.
Jim is an Associate Lecturer in advocacy subjects at Monash University. He is an Accredited Advocacy Coach with the Australian Advocacy Institute, regularly teaching advocacy at professional workshops, in the Victorian Bar Readers Course, and to local lawyers in Vanuatu.