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About James

James practises in energy and resources law, with a focus on project development from inception to exploration and production operations. He also regularly advises on the acquisition and sale of resource companies and projects. James is included in the Best Lawyers list, which is published by the Australian Financial Review.

What he does

James specialises in project development, including regulatory approvals, land access, overlapping tenures, environmental issues, native title and cultural heritage matters and related Land Court litigation and mediation proceedings.

Who he works with

By working closely with energy and resources companies (coal, metals, oil and gas) and their in-house legal teams, James helps companies in the sector meet their project objectives from inception to operations.

Work done recently
Qualifications

James completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science at University of Queensland in 1996. He also has a Masters of Business Administration from the Queensland University of Technology.

Life before Sparkes

James was a partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth and has previously been a Lecturer in mining and petroleum law. Before becoming a lawyer, he was also a statistician and process engineer at the Boyne Island Aluminium Smelter.

Life outside of Sparkes

James is an avid beach-goer, hitting the waves at every opportunity with his wife and two boys.  When it's too dark for the beach, James can often be found outside with his telescope indulging his love of astronomy.