Full Name: James C J Humphris
Phone:(03) 9225 7777
Mobile:0417 350 065
Chambers: Castan Chambers
Room: 10
Date of Admission: 19 Aug 2011
Called to the Bar: 4 May 2017
Qualifications: MA, LLB (Hons), BCL (Dist) (Oxon)
Previous Occupation: Solicitor: Herbert Smith Freehills; Galbally & O'Bryan. Investment banker


James accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law, and in matters involving corporate and regulatory offences. He is particularly interested in the regulation of corporations, banks, securities and investments.

Since coming to the Bar, James has appeared in: proceedings in the civil jurisdiction of the County Court and Magistrates' Court; contested hearings in the VCAT and (as counsel assisting) in the Building Practitioners Board; and bail applications, plea and other hearings in the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates' Court. 

James had previous experience in commercial litigation and criminal law. Before coming to the Bar, James practised as a solicitor in the commercial litigation group at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne. While at HSF, he worked on a variety of commercial disputes, including class actions. James also practised as a criminal defence lawyer at Galbally & O'Bryan, mostly working on defending ASIC matters. While there, he instructed in trials and hearings, including DPP v Kemp, DPP v Smith and DPP v Thomson. James also appeared in plea hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and in case management hearings in courts in Victoria and NSW.

Before practising law, James was a Sydney-based investment banker. He advised listed and unlisted Australian and foreign corporates in relation to M&As, divestments and equity finance. James has a good understanding of the securities markets, AFS licensing, and the methodologies used to value securities and assets.

James holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford.

James is reading with Andrew Palmer and Carl Möller. His senior mentor is Anthony Young QC

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Areas of Practice



  • White Collar and Corporate Crime


  • Trusts

Environment and Planning


Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
From 26 May 2017, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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