James obtained a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2020, and during his degree he completed specialist electives in labour law and work health and safety law. He was awarded the Harmers Workplace Lawyers Prize in Labour Law for achieving first place in the labour law elective, and achieved a place on the Dean’s Merit List, awarded to students of outstanding academic merit.
In his final year of studies, James authored an honours thesis under the supervision of Dr Michael Rawling on the interpretation of the better off overall test and the use of the enterprise bargaining system to evade award penalty rates and loadings. His thesis is now used as a student exemplar.
James joined Harmers as a paralegal and summer clerk in 2020. Prior to joining Harmers, James gained extensive experience as a senior paralegal at a boutique firm, working in transactional, commercial, corporate and discrimination law. He assisted a managing partner in a religious vilification matter involving a prominent media personality.
James has strong Arabic language skills and attends private lessons with an accredited translator. He works across all of the firm’s practice areas and has a particular interest in industrial issues, employment contracts and anti-discrimination law.