Allan Sharp

Admitted: 17 Dec 1999
Signed Bar Roll: 30 Apr 2015
Chambers: Room 0902, Deakin Chambers, Level 9, 271 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: 9225 7444
Mobile: 0402121338
Fax: 9225 8686
Profile Details:

Allan Sharp practices in criminal law, including quasi-criminal and related proceedings. Allan also practices inthe Children's Court in both the Criminal and Family Divisions.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Allan Sharp worked as a criminal lawyer for more than 14 years, the past 10 of those as a senior practioner in the Melbourne and Perth offices of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. Allan's criminal law practice has involved both State and Commonwealth offences, with a particular focus on fraud and dishonesty offences, drugs, offences against the person, terrorism offences, and other Commonwealth offences. Allan has increasingly appeared in sex offence matters under both the Commonwealth Criminal Code and the Customs Act.

In his 14 years of practice as a solicitor, Allan was an experienced advocate appearring regularly in the Country Court and Magistrates's court as well as the Supreme Courts of Victoria and Western Australia. Allan has done contested hearings, plea hearings, bail applications, compulsory examinations, committal hearings, breaches of sentence, leave to appeal and appeals against sentence, and conviction. This practice has included the following areas and offences:

  • Serious and organised drug offences under Comonwealth and State legislation;
  • All 4 of the major terrorsim prosecutions in Victoria;
  • Offences against the Customs Act 1901 (Cth);
  • People smuggling offences;
  • Offences under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), including, insider trading, market manipulation, and breach of Directors' duties offences;
  • International extraditions, involving novel and complex criminal offences in the requesting country, including terrorism offences;
  • Interstate extraditions; and
  • Criminal offences under the taxation laws.

Allan has provided written advice on past and current law, administrative procedures and practices and how they impact on criminal prosecutions and the conduct of criminal prosecutions conducted by the Commonwealth DPP. Allan regularly provided advice to Commonwealth investigative agencies on sufficiency of evidence in both serious crime and regulatory offences. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Director Public Prosecutions Allan was for 27 years a member of the Australian Federal Police, the last 7 of those years as a Detective Superintendent.

From 01 May 2015, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.