LLB LLM MJuris Lawyer CAHRI FAICD FCIS FCPA FGIA FIML Accredited Specialist (Commercial Law)
Recognised by Doyle’s Guide as one of Australia’s best lawyers, Jim Parke is a barrister and solicitor, qualified to practise law throughout Australia and New Zealand and a Certified Practising Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws, a Master of Jurisprudence, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and a Graduate Diploma in Management. Jim Parke has practised law for over 25 years and has been Managing Director of Parke Lawyers since 1994.
Mr Parke is listed by Doyle’s Guide as a Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyer and as a Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer. In addition, he is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Commercial Law and has extensive experience and expertise in litigation, corporate governance and employment law. In 2014, he was named Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year for Australia in the ACQ5 Law Awards.
Mr Parke is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, a fellow of CPA Australia, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian College of Educators.
Jim Parke was elected in 2012 and again in 2016 (unopposed) to represent Bellevue Ward in the City of Boroondara. He served as Mayor of Boroondara in 2015/2016 and again in 2017/18. Mr Parke served two terms on the Toowoomba City Council, where he resided when Parke Lawyers was established in 1994. Jim Parke also served as a community member of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria from 2014 to 2017.
Strongly community-minded, Jim Parke is the only Australian ever to hold the office of President of Crime Stoppers International. He has also previously served as Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Chairman of Crime Stoppers Queensland, President of the Victims of Crime Association of Queensland and Deputy Chairman of Volunteering Australia. He is a past President of the Victorian Division of the Institute of Mercantile Agents.