James is a Senior Associate in the Wills and Estates team, within Macpherson Kelley’s Private Client group. He has been involved in all aspects of wills and estate’s practice, including a number of significant estate and trust disputes.

James is experienced in estate and trust litigation, complicated will and business succession planning, probate and estate administration and guardianship and administration matters. His particular interest is estate litigation. James appears regularly for clients in the Supreme and County Courts, at VCAT and at mediation and conciliation.

“Our job is to identify issues before they arise to ensure an orderly succession plan. However, when disputes do arise, we fight hard for our clients to get the best outcome without wasting time and money."

Significant matters

Child and beneficiary of the estate of a high profile Melbourne business identity – represented the client in a long running estate dispute involving contested probate proceedings, family provision claims, will interpretation, an executors commission application and the distribution of a multi-million dollar family trust.

Farmer and bio-security consultant – acted to settle an estate dispute over his late father’s estate and provided estate and succession planning advice to ensure an orderly and tax effective transfer of the farming business to the next generation.

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, (Journalism and International Relations), Deakin University

Law, International Relations, Keele University

  • Business Succession
  • Elder law including Guardianship and Administration
  • Estate, superannuation and trust disputes
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney
Professional Services
Professional Services

related contacts

Joanna Elliott NSW
Kate Ettershank VIC
Michael Fernon VIC
Fran Fox VIC
Jo Hastings VIC
Brendan Herbert VIC
Warren Smith NSW