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Andrew Sim


  • Telephone: 9225 7222
  • Mobile: 0401 783 456
  • Fax: 9225 8485
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  • Chambers: Level 9, Room 20, Owen Dixon Chambers East
  • Admitted to Practice: 19 August 2005
  • Signed Victorian Bar Roll: 16 May 2013
  • Also admitted in: Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia
From 16 May 2013, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Barrister Profile

Andrew practises in criminal law, including in quasi-criminal and related proceedings. Andrew also practises in administrative and public law. Prior to coming to the Bar, Andrew worked as a criminal lawyer for more than 7 years, both as a Senior Lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid, and as a Senior Legal Officer in the Melbourne Office of the Commonwealth DPP.  
Andrew is an experienced advocate, having appeared in:

  • Contested bail applications in the Magistrates’ and County Courts
  • Contested summary hearings
  • Applications for summary jurisdiction
  • Compulsory examinations in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Committal hearings
  • Plea hearings in the Magistrates’ and County Courts
  • Breach hearings of State and Commonwealth sentences in the Magistrates’ and County Courts (including breaches of Commonwealth parole)
  • Appeals against sentence and conviction in the County Court (including appearing for the DPP in Director’s appeals against sentence)
  • Mentions and Directions Hearings in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme Courts
  • Applications for leave to appeal against sentence in the Court of Appeal

From January 2012 to March 2013, Andrew worked as a Senior Lawyer in the Indictable & Commonwealth Crime Teams at Victoria Legal Aid.  Andrew acted for clients charged with a wide variety of Commonwealth offences, including:

  • serious and organised drug offences under Commonwealth and State legislation
  •   terrorism offences
  • people smuggling offences, including working on the interlocutory appeal which concerned the meaning of the offence of aggravated people smuggling: PJ v The Queen (2012) 268 FLR 99
  • offences under the Corporations Act 2001, including breach of director’s duties: SAJ v The Queen [2012] VSCA 243
  • international extradition involving novel and complex criminal offences in the requesting country
  • working on the High Court challenge to the retrospective laws applying to social security offences: DPP (Cth) v Keating [2013] HCA 20

Andrew acted for clients charged with various State offences, including aggravated burglary, armed robbery, arson, intentionally / recklessly cause serious injury, theft, conspiracy to defraud, state drug offences (trafficking, cultivation, possession), and a range of State summary offences.  Andrew also acted for clients who were the subject of orders under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

While at VLA, Andrew regularly appeared as a duty lawyer in the main remand and committal mention court at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.  

From August 2005 to January 2012, Andrew worked as a Senior Legal Officer in the Melbourne office of the Commonwealth DPP.  During that time, Andrew had extensive experience working across the prosecution branches of the office (general prosecutions, counter-terrorism, major tax fraud, social security). Andrew had conduct of prosecutions of almost all types of Commonwealth indictable offences, State indictable offences, and common law contempt proceedings: R v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Anor (2008) 22 VR 116.  

Andrew had the conduct of cases during the committal, trial, sentencing and appeal phases, as well as bail applications at various stages of proceedings.  Andrew also had substantial experience in the prosecution of summary offences. Andrew managed the unit responsible for breaches of Commonwealth sentences (bonds, Community Corrections Orders, and suspended sentences) for two years, while also having carriage of prosecution files.

Andrew was often required to consider how past or concurrent administrative law proceedings impacted on the conduct of criminal matters prosecuted by the Commonwealth DPP, including social security, migration, fisheries, taxation and customs matters. Andrew has a particular interest in matters that involve criminal and administrative law.

Andrew has experience working with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).

While working at CDPP Andrew regularly appeared in courts across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, and Andrew is willing to accept briefs throughout Victoria.

Prior to working at the Commonwealth DPP, Andrew worked at a State Government department for approximately 6 months, primarily working in Freedom of Information and government law.  Andrew commenced his legal career working at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, first as a graduate and subsequently as a Legal Officer.  Andrew worked in various branches of AGD, including telecommunications interception, counter-terrorism and national security, and mutual assistance in criminal law matters.

Andrew holds a Master of Laws specialising in International Law from the Australian National University.  Andrew also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne 

Andrew is reading with Daniel Gurvich and his senior mentor is Dr Gregory Lyon S.C.

Andrew is on the Victoria Legal Aid Preferred Trial Counsel List.

Andrew holds an Indictable Crime Certificate from the Victorian Bar.

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