James' practice focuses on all aspects of D&O and financial services and has extensive experience in acting for directors and officers and financial institutions on contentious matters in a number of jurisdictions. Much of this has involved arbitration and cross-border work with an international connection.

James has over 8 years experience representing clients in the aviation, marine and commodities sectors. He provides assistance in both contentious and non-contentious matters locally and internationally.

In the marine and commodities sectors, James's clients include commodity trading companies, charterers, vessel owners, cargo interests, port authorities, and logistics companies. He is experienced in matters in respect of cargo loss, damage caused by vessels, contractual disputes, ship arrests and enforcement proceedings. He also provides numerous non-contentious advices to industry clients on contractual issues, competition law compliance and other regulatory matters.

James’ insurance experience covers financial institutions and D&O claims, including Bankers Blanket Bond and Civil Liability claims. He is currently involved in a number of ‘catastrophe’ claims, particularly class action claims emanating from the US, and financial product misselling claims. James also has considerable experience of advising insurers in relation to policy wordings.

James is recommended in Chambers 2014 and is described as drawing "praise from the market for his insurance practice, which is focused on financial institutions claims". James is admitted to practice in England & Wales and Hong Kong.

James currently sits on the committee of the Victorian branches of both the Aviation Law Association of Australia & New Zealand and Young Shipping Australia.