James is Partner in our Planning and Environment practices with a reputation for exceptional advice across the areas of planning and development approvals, planning litigation and dispute resolution, infrastructure, land valuation and the compulsory acquisition or resumption of land.
James has over 20 years’ experience advising developers, local government and State government authorities on all aspects of front end and litigious planning and environment law including for major property and infrastructure projects. In addition to litigious planning matters, James is well known for his strategic approach to land resumption where he primarily acts for resuming authorities in compensation negotiations and Land Court litigation.
James is consistently recognised by leading publications, including named by Doyle’s Guide as Leading Planning and Development Lawyers, Queensland, 2017–2020, as well as Leading Environment & Heritage Lawyers, Queensland, 2020. Most recently, James was included in The Best Lawyers™ in Australia 2022 for Government Practice; Land Use and Zoning Law; and Planning and Environmental Law categories. James was also named the winner of Lawyer Monthly — Legal Awards 2019 and 2020 in Land Use and Zoning — Australia.
James is the Immediate Past President of the Queensland Environmental Law Association (QELA), and is a member of the Queensland Planning Committee for the Property Council of Australia.