Principal Solicitor
LLB, BA, BPD

Current practice

James' practice focuses on commercial projects, privacy, data protection and native title.

Experience

James advises on a broad range of commercial matters including procurement processes and funding arrangements.  He has drafted complex contracts and specialised templates to reflect State and Commonwealth regulatory schemes, ranging from the funding and procurement of education and vocational training services to, multiparty litigation settlements and the procurement of goods and services for prisons.

James also has demonstrated expertise in enabling clients to share the information they need with other agencies and non-government bodies in the rapidly developing areas of privacy and data protection.  In 2015 and 2016 James worked closely with the Department of Health and Human Services as the lead party in preparing the first information usage arrangement under the Privacy & Data Protection Act 2014 to assist it for the protection of women and children from family violence.

James' native title experience incudes working as instructing solicitor on all four consent determinations of native title rights in Victoria made by the Federal Court and on the Kurnai Clans trial, only the second contested native title trial in Victoria.  James also assisted in the negotiation and drafting of the landmark agreement in 2013 to successfully address land justice for the Dja Wurrung People of central Victoria.

James' native title work has led to a unique understanding of how to conduct effective cross-departmental liaison and how government processes impact on the management of significant cases and projects.

 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • International Law Association (Victorian Chapter)