photo of JamesJames Bruining


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 25 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 the 2013, 2020 and 2023 editions, 'Oil and Gas Law, Perth Lawyer of the Year' in the 2023 edition and as 'Energy Law, Perth Lawyer of the Year' in the 2024 edition . James has also been consistently ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources (2012 - 2024). 

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