James comes to the Bar having practiced as a solicitor at a generalist national law firm, and in criminal law firms. His time as a civil solicitor saw him having carriage of civil litigation files and family law matters, instructing in a matter in the Full Family Court (which went on to be given special leave by the High Court of Australia).
Upon moving into criminal law, James had carriage of summary and indictable matters, instructing in matters ranging from summary bail applications, through to attempted murder. James also regularly appeared in the Magistrates' Court, both metropolitan and regional, for a diverse range of criminal law matters, both private and legally aided. James also appeared in the County Court and has worked with vulnerable clients, including those who have significant mental health issues.
James has been a long believer in access to justice and standing up for those less fortunate. He has been a long-time volunteer at AED Legal, assisting those with disabilities in employment and discrimination matters and Fitzroy Legal helping those who have been charged by Police.
Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, James worked for a regional Local Council in legal policy and renewable energy policy.
James is undertaking his Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne, he is also the first ever graduate from the Australian Catholic University, St Thomas More School of Law to sign any bar roll in Australia and is also a long-suffering Essendon member.
James is reading with Diana Price and his senior mentor is Paul Hayes QC.