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


In a Queensland terminal pricing arbitration – led by A McClelland KC

Qantas Airways/Alliance Airways informal merger clearance – led by M Borsky KC with 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 (No 2) [2023] FCA 684 (Federal Court of Australia) – restraint of trade and inducement of breach of contract – led by P Wallis KC

Pickering v Bonafede & Ors (County Court of Victoria CI-22-03273) – application to set aside summary judgment – unled

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

Appearing unled and advising on matters in the Supreme Court of Victoria Winding Up List and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Division 2 – Bankruptcy)

Advising on complaints made to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

Family Law

Appearing in proceedings in the Major Complex Financial Proceedings List of the 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 in matters arising under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (Vic)