Jim accepts briefs in a range of matters, predominantly in public, industrial, and commercial matters, though also in environment and planning, and tax matters.

Before coming to the Bar, Jim was:

  • Associate to the Hon. Justice R.R.S Tracey AM RFD, Federal Court of Australia (2016/17);
  • Associate to the Hon. Justice Mordy Bromberg, Federal Court of Australia (2015/16);
  • Senior Lawyer (previously Lawyer, previously Law Clerk) in the commercial litigation practice of Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, Canberra (2009–2015).

Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons. 1st), and a Bachelor of Arts, from the Australian National University.

In 2021, Jim received the Ron Castan AM QC award for outstanding achievement in pro bono advocacy undertaken by barristers who are between one and six-years' call.

Recent cases

Some of Jim's recent public law litigious matters are these:


Some of Jim's recent industrial litigious matters are these:


Some of Jim's recent commercial litigious matters are these:

  • Luke (as co-executor of the estate of Luke) & Ors v Aveo Group Limited (Federal Court of Australia, VID996/2017, led by R Attiwill QC and E Nekvapil, later by A Bell SC and E Nekvapil)
  • API & Ors v Central Park & Anor; API & Ors v  Lemon & Anor (County Court of Victoria, CI-19-02418 and CI-19-02415, led by E Nekvapil)
  • Kazar as Liquidator of HBMW Pty Ltd (in liq) (Federal Court of Australia, ACD 9 of 2020, unled)
  • In the matter of WTI Australia Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (Supreme Court of Victoria, S ECI 2019 01301, unled) (asserted insolvent trading, breach of director's duties)
  • Kazar, in the matter of Paragon Printers Australasia Pty Ltd  (in liq) (Federal Court of Australia, VID 262 of 2019, unled)
  • Leda Commercial Properties Pty Ltd v Brenda Hungerford Pty Ltd [2018] ACTCA 17; 13 ACTLR 252; 337 FLR 252 (led by M Walsh SC) (commercial leasing; asserted misleading or deceptive conduct)
  • Miller v Miller [2018] VSCA 1 (led by C Symons) (equity; employment claims)
  • BSA Ltd v Victorian Workcover Authority (Supreme Court of Victoria, led by C Harris QC)


Some of Jim's recent matters not falling within the foregoing categories are these:

  • DJA18 as litigation representative for DIZ18 v Minister for Home Affairs (Federal Court of Australia, VID776/2018) (negligence claim by asylum seeker on Nauru against Minister and Commonwealth)
  • Marie Theresa Arthur as litigation representative for BXD18 v Minister for Home Affairs (Federal Court of Australia, VID412/2018) (negligence claim by asylum seeker on Nauru against Minister and Commonwealth);
  • Tarabolsi v Burbank (Aust) Pty Ltd (Federal Court of Australia, VID186/2021, unled) (disability discrimination);
  • Briefed to appear in the Hotel Quarantine Program Inquiry (led by D Star QC, J Davidson);
  • Cumaiyi & ors v Northern Territory of Australia & Anor (Federal Court of Australia, NTD36/2019, led by R Merkel QC and A Pound SC) (class proceeding in relation to allegations of race discrimination by the Respondents against the Applicants and group members in relation to provisions of services in Wadeye, Northern Territory)


Some of Jim's recent advisory matters are these:

  • Providing advice in relation to whether a particular instrument was inconsistent with the Constitutional implied freedom of political communication or otherwise inconsistent with its authorising Act;
  • Providing advice in relation to whether particular State legislation was invalid by operation of section 109 of the Constitution;
  • Providing advice in relation to whether particular proposed Commonwealth legislation was within the scope of a referral of power to the Commonwealth by a State for the purposes of section 51(xxxvii) of the Constitution;
  • Providing advice in relation to the intersection of the unfair preferences regime in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) with the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).


Publications and presentations

Jim is published on corporate insolvency, personal property securities, commercial leasing, and civil procedure, and regularly presents at conferences on these subjects and on statutory interpretation.  A list of publications and papers is behind the "Publications" tab on his VicBar profile, and each can be made available on request.

Other matters

Jim’s experience at the Court was predominantly in industrial and public law.  His private-practice experience was of a general commercial nature, including contractual, insolvency, leasing, trade practices, partnership, payroll tax, valuation, town planning, and personal property securities matters.

He is a member of the Melbourne subcommittee of the Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia.  He is a Sessional Tutor at Monash University.

Jim read with Claire Harris QC, and his senior mentor is Rachel Doyle SC.

To view Jim's CV click here.

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PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 8206
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room 1113
Castan Chambers
460 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Civil Appeals
Commercial Law
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Property & Probate
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Merit Appeals
Local Government
Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
Employment Contracts
Industrial Disputes
Public Law & Administrative Law
Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law
Human Rights Law
Judicial Review
Merits Review
Migration Law
Tax Law & Revenue Law
Payroll Tax


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
15 Jun 2012
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
04 May 2017