Jim accepts briefs in a range of matters, including in public, commercial, industrial, environment and planning, and tax law.

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.

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.

Some of Jim's recent litigious matters are:

  • Applications by CPB Contractors Pty Limited & John Holland Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 1122 (for the Australian Workers' Union, unled)
  • AON15 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, VID1093/2017, led by N Wood)
  • AKH16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, VID1201/2017, led by N Wood)
  • MZAAZ v Minister for Home Affairs (Federal Court of Australia, VID1261/2017, unled)
  • Animals Australia Federation v Sect., Dept. of Agriculture & Anor (Federal Court of Australia, VID 688/2018, led by D Star QC and N Wood)
  • Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v CPB Contractors Pty Ltd and The Australian Workers’ Union [2018] FWCFB 3702 (led by S Moore QC)
  • Leda Commercial Properties Pty Ltd v Brenda Hungerford Pty Ltd [2018] ACTCA 17 (led by M Walsh SC)
  • Miller v Miller [2018] VSCA 1 (led by C Symons)
  • MacKillop Family Services Pty Ltd T/A MacKillop Family Services [2018] FWC 617 (for the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union, led by S Moore QC)
  • AGV17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] FCCA 225 (unled)
  • Gumurdul v Northern Land Council (Federal Court of Australia, VID 626/2017, led by N Wood)
  • Ellis v Central Land Council (Federal Court of Australia, VID 20/2017, led by N Wood)
  • Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation & Ors v Northern Land Council & Ors, NTD 8/2017 (for the Third Respondent and Cross-claimant, Djalu Gurruwiwi, unled)

Some of Jim's recent advisory matters are:

  • 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).

Jim is published on corporate insolvency, personal property securities, commercial leasing, and civil procedure.  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 in Property Law at Monash University.

Jim read with Claire Harris, 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

Chambers: Room 1121
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
Industrial Disputes
Employment Contracts
Public Law & Administrative Law
Migration Law
Merits Review
Human Rights Law
Judicial Review
Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law
Tax Law & Revenue Law
Payroll Tax


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