James is a strategic and practical commercial litigator with expertise in managing and resolving complex disputes.
He has 10 years’ experience advising major corporations and financial institutions in high-profile litigation, class actions, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. His focus is on efficiency and the early identification of the key legal and commercial issues to facilitate a prompt and cost-effective resolution of disputes.
James has been involved in many significant contentious regulatory matters in Australia, including matters involving ASIC, ACCC, APRA, ICAC and the Financial Services Royal Commission.
He has a particular focus on contentious financial services, securities and corporate regulatory matters.
He also advises in relation to fintech, technology and crypto asset regulation, drawing on his broad experience in contentious financial services matters. He is a member of the firm’s Digital Law Group, and has completed the MIT Sloan School of Management’s course on blockchain technology.
James’s experience includes advising:
- an Australian bank in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry;
- an Australian bank in civil penalty proceedings commenced by ASIC concerning fees charged for ongoing advice and fee disclosure statements;
- an Australian bank in class action proceedings brought on behalf of certain commercial borrowers and guarantors;
- an Australian insurer in civil penalty proceedings commenced by ASIC;
- various financial institutions in relation to licensee obligations, breach reporting, AML/CTF regulations and other matters;
- various companies and individuals in regulatory investigations, compulsory examinations, administrative hearings and enforcement proceedings;
- various ASX-listed entities in relation to disclosure and governance issues;
- various companies in schemes of arrangement and M&A transaction disputes.
James was admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 2012.
He holds Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Sydney.
He is a past recipient of the Santow Scholarship (awarded by the Law Council of Australia for academic papers on corporate law) and has published articles in the Company and Securities Law Journal and the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice. He is ranked in Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” in Banking & Finance Law.