James acts for both private and public sector clients in commercial real estate and major infrastructure projects. His clients include listed and unlisted property funds, retailers, developers, financial institutions, insolvency professionals, state and federal government agencies and departments, and local councils.
James is known for being approachable, responsive and able to deliver succinct and relevant commercial advice.
He has significant experience acting in all aspects of real estate and infrastructure projects, including development; sales and acquisitions; compulsory acquisition; land management; infrastructure corridor protection; complex leasing transactions; easements; crown land and tenancy disputes.
In particular, James has extensive experience acting for public sector clients in real estate and major project matters involving roads and rail. He previously worked at leading government law firms Henry Davis York and Norton Rose Fulbright.
James' experience includes acting for:
- Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited on all real estate requirements for the Inland Rail Project (the largest freight rail project in Australia), which will link Melbourne to Brisbane through central NSW
- the Department of Planning and Environment on the complex documentation for the potential relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta
- Landcom on the Riverstone Scheduled Lands development project, the first ever paper subdivision project in Australia (involving approximately 3,300 lots)
- several significant and complex compulsory acquisition matters for Stage 2 of the WestConnex Motorway Project, a $16.8 billion road construction project
- Sydney Trains on its requirements for the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal project, identified by Infrastructure Australia as a Priority Project
- TransGrid on two major high-voltage electricity transmission line construction and upgrade projects
- Port Authority of NSW on a significant lease transaction for a $100 million bulk materials import facility at Glebe Island
- the SUEZ Group on the $70 million simultaneous sale and leaseback of ten industrial properties used for waste recycling and processing.