Martin Shume


Year of Admission to the NSW bar



Telephone: (02) 9264 6899


areas of practice

  • Work Health and Safety

  • Criminal Law

  • Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry

  • Local Government

  • Land and Environment


Martin Shume is a leading senior junior counsel practising predominantly in work health and safety law. Martin's has a national practice focussing on regulatory crime and coronial inquests. Martin has particular expertise across a wide range of industries including aeronautical, building and construction, farming, mining, manufacturing, transportation, and timber (felling, transportation and milling).

Martin's professional background is working in the NSW Police in 1982 and as a NSW Police Prosecutor from 1984 to 1994. Martin was based at the State Coroner’s Court for several years working with former coroner's Kevin Waller and Derek Hand. He worked as a prosecutor at the WorkCover Authority of NSW (now SafeWork NSW) for three years before coming to the bar.

Martin regularly works with leading senior counsel in his areas of expertise.  He has developed a practice that involves working on lengthy, complicated and technical matters.

Selected cases

Nash v Resource Pacific Pty Ltd (No 3) [2018] NSWSC 42

The last matter to be heard in the Industrial Court of NSW (the original jurisdiction for work health and safety matters) and completing in the Supreme Court of NSW

Inspector Nash v Perilya Broken Hill Limited

Long running defended case in the District Court of NSW testing a number of issues, including the nature and extent of the duties imposed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the application of the defence of honest and reasonable mistake of fact

Any other appointments/committees/things of interest

Member of the City of Sydney Advisory Council for the Salvation Army