Dr James Renwick SCCONTACT DETAILS
Phone: (+61)(02) 9232 8545
Fax: (+61)(02) 9223 3710
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CLERK: Bob Rymer
Phone: (+61)(02) 9232 4016
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Silk: Appointed Senior Counsel in 2011
Admitted in all States of Australia and in Papua New Guinea and the Singapore International Commercial Court.
Degrees and accreditations
Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, 1985
Parsons Scholar, 1993
Doctor of Juridical Studies, University of Sydney, 1993
Fullbright Scholar, 2007
Arbitrator, Bar ADR since 2015
- Administrative law
- Constitutional law
- Regulatory law
- Commercial law
- Disciplinary law
- International law
- National security law
- Appellate (including criminal matters)
- Royal Commissions and Inquiries
- Industrial law
In practice for nearly 30 years, James has extensive and broad experience in government (including regulatory), as well as commercial, work. Increasingly, clients choose to avoid the uncertainties of litigation through mediation, or seek the confidentiality and streamlining of procedures which comes with private arbitration.
Given the costs of litigation and the time pressures on judges, arbitrators and mediators, James aims to identify the critical issues as early as possible in a case and concentrate on these, discarding irrelevancies and distractions. He does this by meticulous preparation, working closely with the client and the whole legal team, and applying his years of legal experience, strong academic qualifications and broad interests in many areas of law.
As his clients include Australian governments and authorities, corporations and individuals, James is well aware that client aims may differ depending upon whether they are regular litigators with institutional interests, or individuals who may litigate only once and reluctantly.
He is open to and familiar with the many alternatives to litigation in courts, including mediation, early neutral evaluation and arbitration. James recently appeared for NSW in the High Court in the important international arbitration case of TCL Air Conditioner (Zhongshan) Co Ltd v. The Judges of the Federal Court of Australia and Anor  HCA 5