James Claridge Portrait

James Claridge

Bar roll 2018 Admitted 2013
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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James has a broad commercial practice with a focus on corporate law, regulatory proceedings, class actions and insolvency

Since coming to the bar, James has been briefed to appear or advise in relation to complex commercial transactions (including schemes of arrangement), directors' duties, competition and consumer law, equity and trusts, property, partnership disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency, regulatory investigations and the banking royal commission.

James has also been involved in a number of large common law and securities class actions, both as counsel and as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. He has experience at trial and in interlocutory disputes relating to the disclosure of documents, security for costs and settlement approval. Matters in which James acted as a solicitor include the Newcrest Shareholder Class Action and group proceedings arising out of Victorian Bushfires. 

While at Herbert Smith Freehills, James also advised on regulatory matters with respect to corporate governance, tax, anti-bribery and corruption and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth). 

James holds a LLM from the University of Cambridge with a specialisation in Commercial Law. He also holds a First Class Honours degree in Law from Monash University and has authored several articles, including in relation to contractual damages and the approval of class action settlements.

James was an associate to the Honourable Justice Sifris of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He read with Oren Bigos and his senior mentor is Philip Solomon QC. 

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation 


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 12 Room 8

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Taxation
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Major Torts
Public Law
  • Aged Care
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Taxation
  • White Collar Crime



Master of Laws (Cambridge)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia 

Recent Cases

Significant matters in which James has been briefed include:

Acting for the plaintiff in relation to the proposed acquisition of Scottish Pacific Group by a private equity fund (Scheme of Arrangement - VSC);

Acting for Pitcher Partners in class actions relating to its role as Slater & Gordon’s auditor (Babscay v Pitcher Partners; Hall v Pitcher Partners - FCA)

Acting for the respondent in a class action brought on behalf of retirement village residents (Luke & Anor v Aveo Group Limited – FCA);

Acting for an Industry Superannuation Fund in the Banking and Financial Services Royal Commission;

Acting for a Commonwealth regulator in relation to the financial management of a registered organisation and the alleged misuse of funds;

Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in various insolvent trading proceedings (VSC).