James focuses on property, energy, construction and professional risks across the transport and infrastructure, engineering and construction, power generation and distribution, manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

He acts for local and overseas-based insurers in matters ranging from coverage disputes to the defence of litigated claims. He is also experienced in pursuing high-value subrogated recovery actions.

James is committed to delivering the best commercial outcomes for clients and is skilled in developing and implementing strategies to achieve those outcomes. Having undertaken several secondments with global insurers, James has a strong understanding of the claims process and the need for insurers to provide fast outcomes for their insureds and deliver on their claims promise.

Construction + Contract Works

  • Advising local insurers subscribing to a Construction Risks Material Damage Project Insurance Policy on several claims arising from the design and construction of the $4.9 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade.
  • Advising local and overseas insurers subscribing to a Contract Works and Material Damage Policy on several claims arising from the design and construction of the $16 billion WestConnex project.

Industrial Special Risks

  • Advising overseas insurers on policy coverage issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of various government responses to arrest the spread of COVID-19.
  • Advising an overseas insurer on policy coverage issues arising from the outage of a subsea power cable.

Subrogated Recoveries

  • Acting for an insurer and its insured in a successful multi-million dollar recovery against a recycling plant for damage caused to the insured’s warehouse by a fire originating from the recycling plant.
  • Acting for an insurer and its insured in a successful multi-million dollar recovery for damage caused to a high-end residential apartment complex in Queensland caused by dust from a neighbouring excavation settling on the insured building and discolouring the facade and other external fixtures and finishes.
Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Property
  • Construction + Contract Works
  • Industrial Special Risks
  • Subrogated Recoveries

Industry Representation
  • Agriculture
  • Construction + Infrastructure
  • Energy, Mining + Power
  • Industrial + Commercial Property
  • Manufacturing + Consumer Goods
  • Transport + Marine

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • NSW Law Society