Prior to entering the legal profession James worked in the New Zealand Legislature for two Parliamentary Research Units (2002-2006), before becoming a Ministerial Adviser to a Cabinet Minister (2007- 2008).
James was subsequently admitted in 2009. Before joining the independent bar, he was an employed barrister and solicitor with a medium sized firm specialising in public law, and then a boutique criminal practice (together, 2009 – 2011).
His practice now is primarily concentrated on public law by way of direct advocacy or litigation, including judicial review. His public law practice also includes an advisory privacy specialty and he has undertaken research for Internet New Zealand into the law reform of New Zealand’s Privacy Act 1993.
James also practises criminal law, including trial and criminal appeal work. He is an approved provider of criminal legal aid services.
Criminal Trial Defence
Misuse of Drugs
Proceeds of Crime
Terms of Engagement
These are a set of standard Terms of Engagement. These Terms of Engagement are subject to any variations or alternative terms agreed with the individual barrister.