James has over 20 years’ experience in law and in litigation matters. He has practiced and studied in England and Wales, Tuvalu in the South Pacific as the People’s Lawyer, and in New Zealand.
James has acted in numerous family and employment matters as well as dealing with immigration, insolvency, debt collection, property and building disputes. He has appeared extensively in the District Court, Family Court, Employment Relations Authority and the High Court.
James’ strengths include his commitment to understanding his clients’ issues and dealing with them in a practical and pragmatic way to achieve workable solutions.
He has strong links to the Pacific Islands and the Tuvaluan community, in particular, whom he continues to assist in a variety of matters.
James graduated with a law degree from Birmingham University in England in 1988. He practiced in England and Wales from 1989 to 1998.
He became the People’s lawyer in Tuvalu from 1999 until 2004 when he came to New Zealand to do his masters degree at Victoria University in Wellington.
He began legal practice in Auckland in April 2005 and has been based in Auckland practising law since.
He also provides community legal advice in Howick and has done so for the past 10 years.