Andrew Sim

  • Barrister - victorian bar - Melbourne
  • Room 515, Level 5, 530 Lonsdale Street
  • BAR ROLL: 2013 | ADMITTED: 2005
  • +61 3 9225 7222 | 0401 783 456
  • andrew.sim@vicbar.com.au
Andrew Sim

Andrew practises in criminal law, including in quasi-criminal and related proceedings. Andrew also practises in administrative and public law.


Since coming to the Bar, Andrew has been briefed to appear in:

  • An Application for Special Leave to Appeal in the High Court of Australia;
  • Judicial Reviews in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia;
  • Trials in the County Court of Victoria(as sole counsel);
  • Appeals against conviction and sentence in the County Court;
  • Plea hearings in the County Court and Magistrates’ Court of Victoria;
  • Committal hearings in the Magistrates’ Court;
  • Contested hearings in the Magistrates’ Court;
  • Breach hearings in the County and Magistrates’ Courts;
  • Contested bail applications;
  • Contested intervention order hearings.

Andrew’s criminal law practice has involved State and Commonwealth offences, with a particular focus on fraud and dishonesty, drugs, offences against the person, and various Commonwealth offences.  Andrew has increasingly been briefed in sex offence matters.

Andrew has been briefed to prosecute and defend regulatory prosecutions on behalf of local councils and other regulatory bodies. 

In addition to his appearances in criminal law matters, Andrew has also been briefed in challenges to the issue of subpoenas, administrative law and commercial law matters.

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. 
 
In his 7 years of practice as a solicitor, Andrew was an experienced advocate, having regularly appeared in the County and Magistrates' Courts in contested hearings, plea hearings, bail applications, compulsory examinations, committal hearings, breach hearings, appeals against conviction and sentence, mentions and directions hearings.  

Andrew also appeared in 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;
  • offences against the Customs Act 1901 (Cth);
  • 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) 36 VR 402, [2012] VSCA 146;
  • offences under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), including breach of director’s duties: SAJ v The Queen (2012) 36 VR 435, [2012] VSCA 243;
  • international extradition involving novel and complex criminal offences in the requesting country; and
  • working on the High Court challenge to the retrospective laws applying to social security offences: DPP (Cth) v Keating (2013) 248 CLR 459, [2013] HCA 20.

Andrew acted for clients charged with various State offences, including aggravated burglary, armed robbery, arson, offences against the person, theft and property offences, 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 courts 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 involving novel and complex jurisidictional issues: R v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Anor (2008) 22 VR 116, 222 FLR 295, [2008] VSC 526.

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 regularly provided written advices to Commonwealth investigating agencies about sufficiency of evidence of less serious and regulatory offences.

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 read with Daniel Gurvich.

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

Andrew holds an Indictable Crime Certificate from the Victorian Bar.

To get in touch with Andrew Sim | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or clerkb@greenslist.com.au

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