James helps leading global companies to navigate the opportunities and challenges associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution including in relation to data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, cloud sourcing, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the regulation of digital platforms.
James is an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’ and in 2020 was recognised as being among the Australian legal profession’s ‘rising stars’ at the Australian Law Awards.
He has presented on a range of topics from technology governance to AI ethics at numerous conferences and events. He has co-authored articles, guides and commentary in Thomson Reuters Practical Law, the LexisNexis Privacy Law Bulletin, Financier Worldwide and the Data Protection Leader.
• Reviewed applicability of the GDPR to the complex corporate structure of one of the Asia-Pacific’s largest securities exchanges and prepared a roadmap for compliance uplift.
• Supported one of Australia's 'big four' banks with data retention/deletion and the information aspects of their divestment of a business division.
• Unified group-wide privacy documentation for one of Australia’s ‘big four’ banks.
• Prepared privacy documentation for one of Australia’s commercial television networks.
• Developed a data governance framework for a major Australian health services provider.
• Led a comprehensive privacy management uplift for one of Australia's largest member-owned financial institutions.
• Undertook preliminary privacy impact assessment for the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the 2021 Australian Census including as to risk, liability and recommended actions to fix compliance gaps.
• Helped an iconic fitness chain to re-open to members following easing of lockdown restrictions while complying with relevant Covid-19 public health orders and privacy legislation.
• Responded to numerous Australian and global data breaches and cyber incidents, including liaison with insureds, brokers, insurers, regulators and other stakeholders.
• Prepared incident response plans for a major property investment company, a major fashion retailer and an Asian technology manufacturer.
• Mapped privacy and security requirements for Adobe Inc’s cloud products and developed a compliance guide for its customers.
• Reviewed and advised on IT contracts for multiple hospitals and healthcare providers.
• Drafted core contractual documentation for an Australian gig economy platform.
• Advised ISPT, one of Australia’s largest industry funds, in relation to the procurement of enterprise Wi-Fi equipment for its retail property portfolio.
• Undertook a legal product review for a leading grocery delivery platform.
• Advised on data governance issues for the sharing and use of sensitive information for two significant AI products in healthcare.
• Analysed privacy implications for a blockchain initiative for a leading global engineering consultancy.
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Career and qualifications
- Monash University, BCom (Economics) 2016
- Monash University, LLB 2016
- Admitted as a lawyer in Victoria, Australia 2018
- Joined Clifford Chance 2022