Prior to coming to the Bar in 2001, James was a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison where he mainly acted for professionals in the building and construction industry.

James has widespread experience in commercial law, with a particular focus on:

Building and construction

Professional liability


He has appeared in many cases, as set out in the attached summary.

He has acted in claims involving builders; developers; owner's corporations; architects and landscape architects; engineers including civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic lift and fire safety; pre-purchase building inspectors; tunnelling designers and contractors; home warranty insurers and waste services contractors.

James also has considerable experience in common law claims involving property damage and pure economic loss.

He regularly acts in professional negligence cases involving accountants; financial advisors; insurance brokers; solicitors; managing agents and medical professionals.

James advises and appears for local and foreign insurers both as defence counsel and in relation to coverage issues.


James Neal
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