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:
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.