Alan Hands graduated in law from Melbourne University in 1987. (Bachelor of Arts - Monash University 1969: Bachelor of Education - Deaking University 1982)
He worked with Victorian Legal Aid Commission, Melbourne until he came to the Bar.
Counsel read with Ross Ray QC and Maureen Hickey QC.
He has a broad based general practice with an emphasis on trial and appellate work.
He has appeared in the Federal Court in immigration and discrimination matters and corporations law.
He has appeared in the Supreme Court in contempt and TFM matters.
He has also appeared in many criminal trials in the County Court.
He has also appeared in the Australian Crime Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the Coroner's Court.
He has practiced in the Industrial Relations Commission in unfair dismissal claims for both employers and employees
Most recently, he has been involved in trials and appellate work involving the forensic use of low level DNA. He worked with Jane Taupin, a forensic expert, on the Cooper trial for blackmail and prepared a paper entitled the "Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy" on low level DNA.He was briefed to review the conviction for murder of John Glascott.
In 1994, he spoke at the International Bar Association's Biennial Conference in Melbourne on human rights violations in Sudan.
He is a past President of Geelong Community Legal Service Incorporated.
He taught Corporations Law for over ten years at Deakin University. Counsel has been a law reporter for the authorised Victorian Reports for over 20 years and has published a number of articles in the Law Institute Journal.
Between 2004-2006, he chaired the Appellate Body of Motorcycling Victoria.
He is currently a member of the Grievance and Discipline Tribunal and Appeals Tribunal of Football Federation Victoria.
He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Federal Government for his work with the Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Committee, a local council initiative in the rebuilding of East Timor.M
He has had three readers. He is an advocacy instructor with the Victorian Bar and mentors JD students at his alma mater, Melbourne University.
His hobbies are fishing, cycling, motor cycling and travel. He works as a volunteer for the UCI.
His creed is "In advocacy, experience matters"