Principal Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

James joined the VGSO in January 2015 to practice in administrative law.  He provides litigation and advice services across a broad range of subject areas, including in occupational and professional regulation and discipline, merits and judicial review of administrative decisions, criminal investigations and regulatory prosecutions, Aboriginal cultural heritage, and liquor and other licensing matters.   

Experience

Immediately before joining the VGSO, James worked at the Office of Public Prosecutions, acting for the Director of Public Prosecutions in Proceeds of Crime litigation at both County and Supreme Court level.  This position required significant appearance work, as well as expertise in all aspects of the litigation process.
 
James also brings a non-government perspective to the VGSO, having worked in Darwin from 2011 - 2014 at an Aboriginal Legal Service, where he represented clients in a broad range of administrative and general civil litigation matters.  In this role, James acted and appeared for clients in the Magistrates' Court and Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, both at first instance and on appeal, as well as in numerous statutory tribunals and at coronial inquires. 
 
Between 2008 - 2010, James worked in the commercial litigation section of a boutique commercial law firm.  This role involved acting for individual clients, corporations and not-for-profit entities in a range of litigious matters at VCAT and in the Magistrates', County, Supreme and Federal Courts, including appeal work.  This was an extremely varied practice and included litigation in administrative law matters involving planning, liquor and gambling regulation and professional discipline and regulation.