James graduated from the University of Auckland with qualifications in BA/LLB, MA (Hons), LLM (Hons). James is admitted to practice in both New Zealand and Australia (New South Wales).
Before joining Hesketh Henry, James worked as a lawyer at the New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA), where his role included advising on the development and implementation of new financial markets (securities) law, assessing applications for licences, advising on the use of regulatory powers and engaging with market participants, including financial advisers, brokers, licence applicants and issuers.
James is also the Director of Programmes, Asia-Pacific at The College of Law where is responsible for the academic oversight of the full range of programmes provided by the College in Asia. James is a Council Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and is the Chair of the IPBA’s Legal Development and Training Committee. James is also part of the leadership team of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL) and serves as the Regional Governor for Australia.
James is a fluent speaker of English and Korean.