James’ practice mainly involves litigation and dispute resolution, although he also provides advice on a broad variety of local government matters. James has practised law involving local governments since his call to the Bar in 1991. He was born and raised in Prince George, has a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from UBC. James has appeared in numerous trials, appeals, petitions, mediations and arbitrations on matters that involve administrative law, judicial review, construction disputes, planning law, expropriation and injurious affection claims, bylaw challenges, bylaw enforcement, constitutional law, claims alleging misfeasance in public office and bad faith, environmental law disputes and prosecutions, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, election challenges, human rights complaints, property taxation disputes, and claims involving police forces. James has been involved in proceedings before tribunals that include the B.C. Utilities Commission, the National Energy Board, the Environmental Appeal Board of British Columbia, the Property Assessment Appeal Board of British Columbia, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the B.C. Comptroller of Water Rights and the former Expropriation Compensation Board.
Planning, Development and Land Use Law
Environmental and Regulatory Law
Employment and Human Rights Law