James Claridge Portrait

James Claridge

Bar roll 2018 Admitted 2013
  • Commercial Law Intellectual Property
  • Tort Law Public Law
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James practises in commercial and public law

James has advised and appeared in commercial matters involving takeovers, financial services, competition and consumer law, insolvency, property, equity and trusts and intellectual property. James also has substantial experience in relation to Royal Commissions and regulatory investigations.  

Before coming to the bar, James was a solicitor in the commercial litigation group of Herbert Smith Freehills, where he worked on a number of large common law and shareholder class actions. During that time, he 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 Masters of Law from the University of Cambridge, having attained first class honours at an undergraduate level in Australia. His graduate studies primarily concerned private international law, restitution and statutory interpretation. 

James was previously 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 24

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
Intellectual Property
  • Confidential Information
  • Copyright & Designs
  • Patents
  • Trade Marks
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:

Re Scottish Pacific Pty Ltd  – acting for the plaintiff in relation to a takeover scheme of arrangement (led by O Bigos)

Aged Care Royal Commission – acting for various residential aged care providers in relation to Royal Commission hearings in Victoria and Tasmania (led by H Austin QC)

Que Noy v Qadir & Anor  – acting for the plaintiff in proceedings alleging fraud and unconscionable conduct in relation to the transfer of legal title to land (led by A Wyvil QC)

Banking and Financial Services Royal Commission – briefed for an industry superannuation fund to advise in relation to Notices to Produce issued by the Royal Commission

Re Pluton Resources Ltd (in liq) – acting for the plaintiff in an application to extend the period of time within which voidable transaction proceedings could be commenced by a liquidator (led by O Bigos)

Commonwealth Regulatory Investigation – briefed by a Commonwealth regulator in relation to an investigation of possible financial mismanagement and misappropriation

Re KRBD Entertainment Pty (in liq) – acting for the defendant in response to an unfair preference claim

Significant Properties Pty Ltd v Creswick Supermarket Pty Ltd – acting for the defendant in proceedings alleging the existence of an equitable easement