James practises mainly in commercial and public law. He has particular interests in equity and trusts, insurance, and in cross-border disputes.
Before coming to the bar, James was an Associate at Allens, where he practised in commercial litigation with a focus on regulatory and insurance-related disputes.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne with first class honours in law, history and art history, and from the University of Oxford with a doctorate in history.
In 2007, he was Associate to Justice Gummow of the High Court of Australia. He is a past editor of the Melbourne University Law Review, and is a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports.
James currently teaches Trusts at the University of Melbourne. He formerly taught law at the University of Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Selwyn College.
James read with Michael Rush. His senior mentor is Philip Solomon QC.
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