Full Name: Jim Mellas
Phone:+61 3 9225 7777
Fax:+61 3 9225 8480
Date of Admission: 2 Dec 1985
Called to the Bar: 19 May 2011
Qualifications: BEc/LLB
Previous Occupation: Partner, McKean Park Lawyers


Jim Mellas was admitted to practice in 1985 and has been in legal practice for over 25 years. Prior to signing the Bar Roll Jim was a Partner of McKean Park Lawyers and head of their Family Law department. Jim was a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria and is also a member of the Courts Practice Committee.

Throughout his 25 years in the law Jim has practised predominantly in Family Law having become an LIV Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 1991. His practice covered all aspects of Family Law including Property, Children, Child Support, Defacto Relationships, Financial Agreements and Intervention Orders. He has particular experience in complex financial family law matters involving companies, trusts and family businesses. Jim has also had experience in Criminal Law matters as well as Trust and Estate matters.

In the course of his practice as a solicitor Jim undertook regular and significant advocacy work. Jim appeared regularly for clients as solicitor advocate in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia. He has also appeared in Criminal Law matters and Intervention Order matters in the Magistrates’ Court and the County Court.

Jim is a regular speaker at legal seminars and conferences and has spoken on a range of subjects from Family Law and Defacto Relationships to succession planning and family business. Jim has had a number of papers published on a range of topics including Binding Financial Agreements, Defacto Relationships, Expert Witnesses, Estate Planning and Family Law. He has also featured in a number educational DVDs on Family Law.

In the mid 1990’s, Jim also had a regular legal segment on 3AW speaking on various legal matters. Last year Jim appeared as a semi regular guest on 2UE’s “Legal Matters with Julie Singleton” speaking on Family Law matters.

Outside of the law, Jim is a former director of the South Melbourne Football Club and in that capacity was heavily involved in the negotiations with the Victorian State Government for the $50 million redevelopment of the Lakeside Oval at Albert Park. In 2008 Jim also lead a consortium known as Southern Cross FC which was bidding for the second A League licence in Melbourne. Jim was also a delegate to the 2001 Corowa Peoples (Constitutional) Conference.

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Areas of Practice


  • Competition


  • Civil and Human Rights
  • Judicial Review and administrative law


  • Appellate
  • Crimes against the person
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering

Family Law and Guardianship


  • Family Provision
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Probate


Alternative Dispute Resolution

From 20 May 2011, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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