Gray James

James Gray

Bar roll 2022 Admitted 2018
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Tort Law Public Law
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James Gray is available to accept briefs in all areas of commercial and public law.

James' areas of expertise include class actions, royal commissions and inquiries, competition law, corporations law, and contractual disputes.

Before coming to the Bar, James was an Associate to Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal. Prior to this role, he was a solicitor in the disputes practice of Herbert Smith Freehills. During his time at HSF, James worked on large and complex commercial disputes, as well as the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

James holds a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He read with Premala Thiagarajan and his senior mentor is Elizabeth Bennett SC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation.


Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 14 Room 8

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Building & Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Consumer Credit
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Private International Law
  • Real Property
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies
  • Sports Law
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
  • Wills & Probate
  • Regulatory Investigations
Employment & Industrial
  • Confidential Information
  • Discrimination
  • Restraint of Trade
Tort Law
  • Appellate
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Common Law
  • Defamation
  • Inquests
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Aged Care
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Customs Law
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition Law
  • Environment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Guardianship & Administration
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Native Title
  • Planning & Local Government
  • Privacy
  • Public International Law
  • Taxation
  • White Collar Crime



Juris Doctor (Melb)

Bachelor of Commerce (Melb)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Competition Law

Qantas Airways/Alliance Airways informal merger clearance – with M Borsky KC, F Gordon SC, A Barraclough & S Snow

Applications for review of Honeysuckle Health Buying Group authorisation determination (No 2) [2022] ACompT 4 (Australian Competition Tribunal) – led by P Thiagarajan

Commercial Law

Dreamstreet Lending Pty Ltd v Weiss & Ors (Federal Court of Australia VID638/2020) – restraint of trade and inducement of breach of contract – led by P Wallis KC

Hagog v OKS Markets Pty Ltd & Anor (Federal Court of Australia VID517/2022) – contravention of Corporations Act, ASIC Act and Australian Consumer Law by AFSL holder and authorised representative – unled

Wilson Pateras Accounting Pty Ltd v Farmer (Federal Court of Australia VID680/2020) – breach of contract, restraint of trade and inducement of breach of contract – led by P Wallis KC

Advising in respect of complaints against financial services firms made to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

Appearing for creditors and supporting creditors in the Supreme Court of Victoria Winding Up List

Family Law

Acting for the Applicant in proceedings in the Major Complex Financial Proceedings List (Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Division 1) – led by B Tulloch

Sports Law

Acting for the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation (GEF) in an appeal from the Disciplinary Commission of the GEF – led by P Thiagarajan

Residential Tenancies

Appearing for tenants and mortgagees in the VCAT Residential Tenancies List