Alex James-Martin Portrait

Alex James-Martin

Bar roll 2018 Admitted 2011
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Tort Law Public Law
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Alex practises principally in commercial and public law

Before coming to the Bar, Alex was a solicitor in Herbert Smith Freehills’ litigation team for over 4 years, and a Senior Solicitor in the Public Law & Planning Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office.

Alex’s commercial litigation experience involved large, complex litigation in the Federal and Supreme Courts, including banking, tax, and insolvency disputes as well as class actions.

Alex’s public law experience is primarily in Supreme Court judicial review proceedings. He has particular experience in matters arising in relation to the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic). He also has experience providing advice on complex questions of statutory interpretation.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide, and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge, each with First Class Honours. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting, which assists him in dealing with matters involving complex financial evidence.

He was an editor of the Adelaide University Law Review and the UK Supreme Court Yearbook, and won various prizes at undergraduate level, including for first place in Law of Contract II and Human Rights Law. He has taught administrative law and equity at the University of Adelaide. Before practising, Alex was associate to the Honourable Justice Vanstone in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

Alex is reading with Albert Dinelli. His senior mentor is Jason Pizer QC. 

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Chambers & Clerk

Ninian Stephen Chambers
Level 38 Room 5

140 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Consumer Credit
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Private International Law
Employment & Industrial
  • Discrimination
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Defamation
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Customs Law
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Planning & Local Government
  • Privacy
  • White Collar Crime



Master of Laws (Hons I) (Cantab)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) 


South Australia

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia


Commercial Bar Association