James practises in commercial, public and regulatory, and common law.
Public and regulatory law
James appears and advises in relation to:
James regularly appears in urgent and sensitive matters, including applications to stay administrative decisions.
He is briefed by government agencies and private clients to advise on statutory interpretation and the exercise of government power.
James has a broad commercial practice, with experience in insolvency, corporations law, trade practices, retail leasing, property, general contractual disputes, and negligence.
James has particular expertise in commercial matters involving regulators.
James’ common law experience predominantly relates to his public law expertise: he is briefed in intentional tort claims, and matters that relate to alleged breaches of statutory duty and/or negligence by public entities.
James was admitted to practise in 2006, and obtained a wide-range of experience as a solicitor before coming to the Bar. Most recently, he was Principal Solicitor in the Government and Public Law Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, specialising in administrative law litigation. He also practised in commercial litigation in private practice, and in the Civil Law section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin, specialising in administrative law and intentional torts.
James is a reporter for the Victorian Reports. He read with Christopher Archibald QC.
Some of James' recent appearances include: