James graduated in 1985 from Adelaide University in Law with Honours and in Arts, majoring in Computing Science and English Literature. After time spent working as an Associate to Supreme Court Justice Cox and in two London law firms, James joined Fisher Jeffries in late 1988, to work with Malcolm Blue, then a partner of Fisher Jeffries and now Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
James is one of South Australia's most versatile commercial litigators with extensive experience in most practice areas.
James has had concentrated involvement in some of the most complex insolvency administrations in South Australian history. He worked closely with Michael Mount, the liquidator of the Southern Cross Commodity and Coin Centre group, pursuing recovery of investors' funds diverted to a variety of overseas property, including a castle in Scotland. The liquidator's legal team was led by Tom Gray QC, now a Supreme Court Justice. James was the principal legal adviser to Peter Macks, during the early years of the winding up of the Emanuel group of companies. That administration involved complex challenges by the directors, including in the High Court, against the validity of the liquidator's appointment, which was upheld at all levels of the Courts. Lengthy public examinations disclosed the diversion of the groups property to companies controlled by the former principal's nephew.
James successfully conducted the liquidator's application for immediate relief against those companies, a very rare achievement. Most recently, James has assisted the receivers of Harris Scarfe in handling in excess of 300 retention of title claims from suppliers.
In his 20 years at Fisher Jeffries James has worked on resolving a diverse range of disputes on behalf of our commercial clients. These have included family farming partnership disputes, recoveries on behalf of pensioners involved in a failed friendly society, enforcement overseas of a judgment obtained against a fraudster, defending a University against a claim by an aeronautical company of breach of a joint venture agreement, numerous disputes arising out of land sale contracts, litigation surrounding the wind down of a major supermarket chain, disputes arising out of share trading and disputes arising out of the sale of businesses.
James is in charge of our debt collection practice. We handle the large debt collection requirements of financial institutions and property managers and owners. Our debt collection clients include a major trading bank, a credit union and prominent Adelaide shopping centres. James is also in charge of our security enforcement practice. The front line work in these areas is for cost efficiency reasons undertaken by para legals and junior solicitors under James' close supervision.