James is an experienced insurance lawyer who focuses on property, energy, construction and professional risks across the transport and infrastructure, engineering and construction, power generation and distribution, manufacturing, and agriculture sectors.
James assists and acts for local and overseas based insurers on a range of insurance matters from coverage disputes to the defence of litigated claims. He is also experienced in pursuing high-value subrogated recovery actions. Having undertaken secondments at two global insurers, James has a strong understanding of the claims process and the need for insurers to provide fast outcomes for their insureds and deliver on their claims promise.
James acts for local institutional and niche insurers, Lloyd's syndicates (London and Singapore based) and several US based insurers. He also acts for design and construction contractors, and engineering consultancies with large self-insured retentions.
James holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Communication) from the University of Technology Sydney.
James joined Sparkes shortly after completing his university studies. During his studies, James worked for a barrister where he assisted in everything from legal research to administrative tasks.
James is an avid sports fan and a keen follower of the NRL and rugby union. Hailing from country New South Wales, James enjoys getting back to the bush and catching up with friends. On a weekend he can be found on the golf course trying to get his handicap down.