Martin Shume

Call 1997


Martin maintains a thriving national practice and is a recognised leader in the field of work health and safety and regulatory law, particularly in the sphere of regulatory crime. He also possesses extensive experience acting in matters relating to Heavy Vehicle National law and accompanying regulations, environmental-related prosecutions, and coronial inquests and commissions of inquiry.

Martin is often briefed to appear for multi-national corporations, government and government-related clients, as well as single director companies in high profile, complex and lengthy trials and coronial inquests. He has appeared in many notable cases and inquiries in his fields of practice, including in the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Glenbrook Train Crash for Rail Services Australia. Martin is customarily briefed early in matters as his clients value his strategic advice and direction, particularly during investigation processes. He is available to appear at any related coronial inquiry and advise and appear on prosecutions.

Martin has a high level of technical knowledge in his areas of specialisation. His clients commend him for his approachability and ability to turn work around quickly with a high degree of legal skill and commercial astuteness. Martin seeks to understand his clients’ legal and commercial imperatives from the outset so that he can deliver effective and tailored solutions prior to, or early in, the proceedings. He is a team player and takes a collaborative approach to litigation and is highly valued for his ability to lead teams of lawyers and experts simultaneously.

Martin has extensive prior experience in the State Coroner’s Court jurisdiction reviewing reportable deaths and fires and making recommendations to the State Coroner, as well as appearing as Counsel Assisting to the Coroner. Previously, he also gained experience at the WorkCover Authority as a prosecution litigation lawyer in the Occupational Health and Safety team, during which time he was also 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.

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