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:
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.