James is an associate based in the Auckland office. His practice has a particular focus on commercial, equity, and trust law.
James joined the firm having graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. While at the University of Canterbury he won a number of academic class prizes and was a recipient of the Mahony Cup, awarded to the winners of a New Zealand Law Foundation national mooting competition. He currently works in the Dispute Resolution Team.
James is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is undertaking a series of advanced certificates toward a STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates. He is also an associate of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand Inc (AMINZ) and has presented a paper at the annual AMINZ Arbitration Day.
James continues to tutor at the University of Canterbury School of Law where he assists the faculty with a number of academic courses. He has also lectured at the School of Law.
James has continued to publish a broad range of academic works in leading New Zealand and Australian legal journals, including the New Zealand Law Review, Public Law Review, and The Arbitrator & Mediator. He is also the author of a number of chapters in the leading New Zealand texts, Laws of Trusts (online loose leaf ed, Lexis Nexis) and Wills and Succession (online loose leaf ed, Lexis Nexis).
- Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- Locked down but not detained  New Zealand Law Journal 166
- Who should pay, and when?  New Zealand Law Journal 360
- The Amenability of Private School Decisions to Judicial Review (2019) 30 Public Law Review 106
- The corporate trustee safety net? The emergence of so called ‘dog-leg’ claims and the potential liability for directors of corporate trustees in New Zealand  New Zealand Law Journal 211
- The enforceability of arbitration clauses involving actions in rem: a critical analysis of the rationale in Lawson v Gawith (2019) 38 (1) The Arbitrator & Mediator 74
- Fan Fiction: A New Zealand Copyright Perspective  New Zealand Law Review 1