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Martin Shume


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Phone: +61 2 9223 1522

Date of Admission to the Bar



Practice Overview

Mr Martin Shume has been practising nationally in the areas of regulatory criminal law (predominantly Work Health and Safety); and inquest and inquiry in excess of 30 years. 


Initially, Mr Shume appeared in NSW Local Courts on a daily basis for 10 years, 3 of those years he was permanently working at the State Coroners Court reviewing reportable deaths and fires, making recommendations to the State Coroner on the files and appearing as a counsel assisting the State Coroner.


Mr Shume then worked at the WorkCover Authority as a litigation lawyer in the Occupational Health and Safety team for a period of 3 years where he primarily prepared the relevant documentation to commence matters in the Local Court and the Industrial Court of NSW and appeared and briefed counsel to appear in both jurisdictions.  Many of these matters also involved coronial inquests which he also appeared in and briefed counsel to appear in. 


For a period of 9 months, Mr Shume was seconded to the Cash in Transit Inquiry where he was responsible for the investigation, collection of evidence, and presentation of that evidence to the inquiry.


Mr Shume commenced practice at the NSW Bar in 1997.  From that point of time and continuing he has specialised in regulatory safety related work.  Primarily, on a national basis in Work Health and Safety, but also including inquests and inquiries, health related safety prosecutions and environmental related work.


Mr Shume's practice is focused on large complex litigation where he generally works with a team of lawyers. 


Mr Shume is recognised as a leader in his field.