James advises and appears for Commonwealth, State and Local Government authorities, corporations, community and conservation groups, developers and individuals in significant planning, environmental, property and construction litigation.
Possessing specialised knowledge and expertise in his fields of practice and with considerable experience appearing in both State and Federal courts, James’ practice has extended abroad to East Timor, where he was appointed a Consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Notably, he was also a co-opted expert member of the Commonwealth Hazardous Waste Technical Working Group, providing legal and policy advice to the Minister for the Environment regarding the issue of licenses to export and import waste.
Prior to being called to the Bar, James practised as a solicitor in private practice and then held the position of Director of the Environmental Defender’s Office, during which time he conducted public interest test case litigation, law reform and policy initiatives. James was also a member of the Commonwealth EPA Advisory Board, and an Alternate Commissioner, and then Commissioner, of the Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales.
A contributing author to the Environmental Law Handbook 5th Edition 2011 (Chapter 7 – Commonwealth Environmental Law), James has also delivered papers and education programmes internationally, regarding topical issues in his fields of practice. He holds a Masters in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the University of New South Wales. He has also received accreditation as a mediator by LEADR and regularly appears on behalf of clients at conciliation conferences.