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James specialises in leasing, property, infrastructure and commercial law and works extensively with a range of private, agricultural and Government clients.


James joined Mellor Olsson in 2017 as a Partner in our business advisory and property team. He has over 20 years’ experience, having previously practised in well known firms throughout Northern Territory and South Australia.

He has a significant commercial leasing and property practice and is highly experienced in the sale and purchase of commercial, industrial and agricultural property, having acted for clients in the retail, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism, education, agricultural, mining and industrial sectors.

James regularly acts for both metropolitan and regional Councils on a range of Local Government issues including commercial contracts, service agreements, infrastructure and development projects, tender and sale documents, probity and procurement advice, sale and purchase of land, community land, encroachments, compulsory acquisition, leases, licences and management agreements, funding agreements, Crown land, roads, governance and policy development.

He also provides risk management and mitigation advice and advice on compliance with the Local Government Act and other legislation relevant to Council decision making and operations.

An active member of the property profession for many years, James has volunteered on numerous committees. These include roles with the Property Council of South Australia as Chairman of the Facilities Management committee from 2012 - 2015 and Deputy Chairman of the Building and Facilities Committee from 2015 - 2017.


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts