Full Name: Mr James Stoller
Phone: +61 3 9225 6161
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1901
Date of Admission: 15 Aug 2006
Called to the Bar: 10 May 2018
Qualifications: BA, LLB (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Principal Solicitor, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office


James practises in commercial, public and regulatory, and common law.

Public and regulatory law

James appears and advises in relation to:

  • Judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals. 
  • Professional disciplinary and other regulatory proceedings.  He has particular experience in disciplinary matters relating to health professionals regulated under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009.
  • Merits review proceedings before VCAT and other specialist tribunals, including in relation to the payment of statutory benefits, professional and occupational regulation, licensing, and freedom of information.
  • Various other public law matters, including discrimination proceedings, disputes in relation to public interest immunity and client legal privilege claims, applications for closed court and proceeding suppression orders, and statutory prosecutions in a regulatory context. 

James regularly appears in urgent and sensitive matters, including applications to stay administrative decisions.

He is briefed by government agencies and private clients to advise on statutory interpretation and the exercise of government power.  

Commercial law

James has a broad commercial practice, with experience in corporations law, trade practices, property, retail leasing, general contractual disputes, negligence, and insolvency. 

Common law

James’ common law experience predominantly relates to his public law expertise: he is briefed in intentional tort claims, and matters that relate to alleged breaches of statutory duty and/or negligence by public entities.


James was admitted to practise in 2006, and obtained a wide-range of experience as a solicitor before coming to the Bar.  Most recently, he was Principal Solicitor in the Government and Public Law Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, specialising in administrative law litigation.  He also practised in commercial litigation in private practice, and in civil and administrative law at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin, where he specialised in police and other intentional torts.  

James is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.  He read with Christopher Archibald QC. 

Areas of Practice


  • Civil Appeals
  • Merit Appeals

Commercial Law

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
  • Building Law & Construction Law
  • Competition Law & Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations Law & Securities Law
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law

Common Law

  • Intentional Torts
  • Judicial Review
  • Negligence

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Health & Medical
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Industry Regulations
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review
  • Migration Law
From 11 May 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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