Year Of Call : 1976
Year Of Silk : 1993
James Bell was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. In 2022 that designation was changed to King’s Counsel.
James has bachelor degrees in commerce and law from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Laws from Cambridge University. He is a certified mediator, having completed formal mediation training including the Mediation Programs at Bond University and the Harvard Law School.
He has a broad practice in advisory work, trials and appeals in both Commonwealth and State courts. Although most matters involve commercial disputes, he also has substantial experience in other areas, including succession law and regulatory matters concerning the legal profession and areas such as price setting for electricity supply. He has appeared in various Royal Commissions, including most recently as Counsel Assisting in the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry.
For many years, James has been regularly appointed as mediator of disputes in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Federal Court of Australia and other jurisdictions.
Areas Of Practice
- Expert determinations
- Neutral evaluations
- Civil appeals
- Banking (including finance and securities)
- Building and construction
- Consumer protection law
- Contractual dispute
- Corporate insolvency
- Corporations law
- Partnership disputes
- Real Property including leasing disputes
- Restraint of trade
- Family provision
- Trusts and wills, probate and estate litigation
- Commissions and other inquiries
- Coronal inquests
- Disciplinary hearings
- Investigations and examinations
- Professional indemnity liability and insurance
- Regulatory prosecutions