Stephen has a broad practice and has worked in most areas of law. He has appeared in a broad range of courts and tribunals including the High Court. Stephen specialises in administrative law, criminal law, planning and environmental law and appeals.

Before being called to the Bar, Stephen was a partner at O’Mara, Patterson and Perrier.

Stephen is a former member of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal and the Queensland Land Court. He was formerly president of Caxton Legal Service; Australian Lawyers for Human Rights; and the Legal Aid Commission (Queensland).

Stephen is a former member of the Council of the Bar Association of Queensland and the Council of the Queensland University of Technology. He is currently patron of Australians Against Capital Punishment and the Julian Wagner Fund Inc.

Stephen is an active member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Bar Association of Queensland and the Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

Stephen has contributed articles to a number of publications including Independent Australia, New Matilda and Justinian. He is also the book reviews editor of Hearsay, the emagazine of the Bar Association of Queensland. A number of his pieces are collected at

Date of admission (as a solicitor): 28 February 1978

Date signed the bar roll: 7 July 1985

Chambers: Republic Chambers (Hobart) and Higgins Chambers (Brisbane)

Phone: 61 7 433 846 518

Address in Queensland:
Higgins Chambers Pty Ltd
Level 29 – 239 George Street

Republic Chambers
Level 2, 2a Gladstone Street
Battery Point, Tasmania, 7004  

Postal Addresses: as above



Republic Chambers:

Higgins Chambers:

Papers and publications: Over a hundred of Stephen’s papers may be accessed at his Academia portal at

Stephen also practises from Higgins Chambers, Level 29, 239 George Street Brisbane:

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Stephen Keim SC
Higgins Chambers Pty Ltd
Level 29 – 239 George Street

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

Noted Experience

  • Love and Thoms v The Commonwealth [2020] HCA 3; 94 ALJR 198
  • Coughlan v The Queen [2020] HCA 15; 94 ALJR 455
  • Pollock v The Queen [2010] HCA 35; 242 CLR 233; (2010) A Crim r 321

Field of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Constitutional
  • Criminal
  • Environment and Planning
  • Public/Administrative Law