James is a Blue Mountains lawyer in the Stacks Law Firm office in Leura. He has over two decades of legal experience, working in commercial transactions, business law, commercial litigation, wills, estates and conveyancing.
James particularly enjoys the challenges of equity litigation, including interlocutory injunctions, enforcing oral agreements, and matters which often involve complex evidence and forensic capability.
The matters James has worked on that he has found most satisfying from a professional point of view were Supreme Court matters resulting in reported cases. One of the most memorable was an application for an injunction to prevent an autopsy. Another reported case involved an extension to the definition of an “eligible person” under the Family Provision Act.
With challenging problems being an everyday occurrence in legal practice, James tends to look for the simplest solution which he finds is also often the most cost-effective for the client. He does not take a legalistic approach to a problem when a more practical approach may resolve it more cheaply and efficiently. James believes that client satisfaction with the end result is the most important outcome.
James is also a professional musician, playing the piano in a number of rock, blues and jazz bands. He also loves to cook and plays golf – very badly.
James also believes in supporting his community, which he does through pro bono work. He has worked with refugees on pro bono matters and was appointed an “Honoured Friend” of the Salvation Army for pro bono services provided to its clients.