James Claridge Portrait

James Claridge

Bar roll 2018 Admitted 2013
  • Commercial Law Public Law
  • Tort Law
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James practices in commercial law with particular expertise in corporate law and class actions

James has been involved in a number of large 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. 

Since coming to the bar, James has also been engaged to appear or advise in relation to complex commercial transactions, directors' duties, corporate insolvency, regulatory investigations and commissions of inquiry.

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. 

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

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation 


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 14 Room 7

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


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



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