James is an experienced and practical barrister who for over a decade has been briefed to advise and appear in a diverse range of civil litigation. He appears in trials and on appeal, both led and unled, and accepts briefs throughout Australia from law firms, and direct access from in-house lawyers (such as from tertiary academic institutions and sporting organisations). James seeks to provide persuasive advocacy and a thoughtful approach to achieving outcomes in legal disputes. Prior to being admitted to the Bar in February 2004, one of James’ two years working as a solicitor was as Associate to then Federal Court judge the late Richard Conti QC (in 2002).
His areas of practice include commercial disputes such as contract and corporations matters, employment disputes (e.g. restraints, unfair dismissal and adverse action matters), discrimination matters, inquests and inquiries, defamation, and administrative law proceedings. James also provides advice and advocacy in respect of sporting regulatory issues, and has appeared many times at sports law tribunals, including in relation to the National Rugby League judiciary where in recent years he has regularly defended players in that forum.