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James Forsaith


  • Telephone: 9225 7222
  • Mobile: 0468 329 546
  • Fax: 9225 8485
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  • Admitted to Practice: 26 April 2006
  • Signed Victorian Bar Roll: 24 October 2013
From 24 October 2013, Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

Barrister Profile

James practices predominantly in public and administrative law.  He appears for Commonwealth and Victorian government clients involved in civil and criminal proceedings in all State and Federal Courts and Tribunals, as well as inquests and inquiries.  He also appears for and against the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in migration cases.  Recent matters include:

-        MZZMW v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 133;

-        MZZMG v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 134;

-        CDPP v Brady [2015] VSC 246;

-        Tanielu v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2014) 226 FCR 154;

-        Jean Ross (a Pseudonym) v The Chief Commissioner of Police [2014] VSCA 254;

-        Tanielu v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2014) 225 FCR 424.

James was previously Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor, where he litigated sensitive and high-profile matters for Commonwealth clients.  He practiced in administrative law, police powers, national security, migration and information protection (subpoenas, suppression orders, public interest immunity and privacy).  His cases included the Benbrika terrorism trials and Plaintiff M47/2012 v Director-General of Security (2012) 251 CLR 1.

James holds first class degrees in Law and Civil Engineering and an MPhil (International Relations) from Cambridge.  After completing his masters he spent two years working for the RAND Corporation, completing projects for the UK and French Ministries of Defence and the European Union including a major study into criminal asset confiscation examining human rights consequences under the European Charter.

For further information see James' Linkedin and Greens List profiles.

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