James Welch

Director - Accredited Specialist Commercial Litigation - Insolvency

James graduated in law with First Class Honours from the University of Wollongong in 2008, and lives locally with his wife and two boys. He is passionate about assisting people and businesses to resolve their legal issues as quickly and cheaply as possible.

James commenced working as a lawyer at Access Law Group in September 2008. In 2010, James worked as a legal contractor in London, before returning to Access Law Group. He uses his past experiences to resolve disputes, including in industrial relations and workplace law, commercial litigation, and insolvency. James focuses on delivering to his clients practical and commercial solutions that suit their circumstances.

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel that you need to enforce or protect your legal rights, James can help you.

Please email James at jwelch@accesslawgroup.com.au, or call him on 02 4220 7100. James will spend some time at the first instance to respond to your email, or discuss your issue, without charge.

If there is a commercially viable option to pursue (a standard that balances the benefit, the potential cost, and the possible risk), then James will make an appointment with you to discuss in detail what you can achieve together. James can meet you in Access Law Group’s Sydney or Wollongong Office, or can attend at your business or residence.

Engage James and Access Law Group today as your legal services provider.

WHO JAMES HELPS

  • Companies;
  • Businesses (sole traders/partnerships/associations); and
  • You.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Law Society of New South Wales.

EDUCATION

The University of Wollongong is an exceptional university that has collected a series of awards over the recent years. This includes being in the top 2% of the world’s universities (2009) according to The Times Higher Education – QS World University Rankings and gaining 5 out of 5 stars in six of the most important university ranking criteria for the past decade.

James graduated with First Class Honours from a double degree of Law and Arts majoring in French Language, and an International Studies Minor. James was awarded various academic awards and consistently appeared on the Dean’s Merit List for outstanding academic achievement.

James completed the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (LPC Equivalent) in November 2008 and was duly admitted to the Court of NSW, Australia as a practicing solicitor and barrister.

INTERESTS

James is a keen sportsman, both on and off the field. His passions are diverse and include skiing and snowboarding, surfing, squash, cricket, and rugby. James loves travelling and has visited most of Asia and Europe. James loves hanging out with his wife and two young boys, particularly at the beach. James is passionate about fresh, interesting, and healthy food, and enjoys preparing it as much as consuming it.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (French) 2008
  • Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours 2008
  • Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation (Insolvency) 2015

Experience

James has firsthand experience in many legal circumstances, including:

Industrial Relations and Workplace Law:

  • Defending WorkCover prosecutions for industrial incidents;
  • Applications for, and responses to, Unfair Dismissal or General Protections (Fair Work) actions;
  • Strategies for addressing issues with an employee or employer;
  • Discrimination, harassment, and issues within a workplace culture;
  • Contractual workplace disputes; and
  • WorkCover audits, and payroll tax or WorkCover grouping claims.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy:

  • Responses to a Statutory Demand, Bankruptcy Notice, Creditor’s Petition or Winding Up Application;
  • Applications for, or defences to, claims for a voidable preference payment under the Corporations Act or Bankruptcy Act;
  • Negotiation of a refinance, and the time required for to achieve that result and avoid litigation; and
  • Insolvent trading claims.

Resolving Disputes and Litigation:

  • Breaches of the terms of a contract, statutory warranties and implied terms, and duties of care (negligence);
  • Prosecuting or Defending court proceedings in all jurisdictions;
  • Shareholder and director disputes, including breaches of director duties, and oppression;
  • Australian Consumer Law actions;
  • Debt recovery actions and proceedings; and
  • Protection of intellectual property rights.