James works in the areas of energy, oil & gas and climate change. He has worked in energy and resources law in Europe and Australia for over 20 years.
"Exceptional negotiator and adviser"Quote from Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2017
James' energy experience includes drafting and negotiating key contracts underpinning power, oil and gas projects, including power purchase agreements, gas and LNG supply contracts, joint operating agreements, gas transportation agreements and network access contracts (SWIS and NWIS).
James has particular expertise in Australian onshore and offshore energy projects, and assists clients on a range of issues such as asset acquisitions and disposals, farm-in arrangements, project development, the wholesale electricity market, gas and electricity retail issues, REC supply agreements, shipper contracts, renewables and climate change.
James has repeatedly been recognised by legal directories as a leading lawyer in the areas of Energy and Resources (Oil & Gas and Utilities). James was ranked as 'Climate Change Lawyer of the Year' by Best Lawyers Australia in both the 2013 and 2020 editions and as 'Oil and Gas Law, Perth Lawyer of the Year' in the 2022 edition. James has also been consistently ranked by Chambers as a leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources (Utilities - Australia 2012 - 2021).