James Lancashire

James Lancashire

Baker & McKenzie


James is an Associate with more than 3 years' experience in the construction industry and 1 year post admission experience.

Practice Focus

James advises clients in relation to major projects and infrastructure, with a specific focus on successfully delivering projects that are in their back-end stages. He retains a broad commercial knowledge of the project lifecycle and has been deployed (at various stages of the lifecycle) to provide litigious support or commercial guidance. James' practice focus is within the building and construction, government / landowner, and facilities management industries.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised tier 1 contractor in relation to the preparation of long and short form claim submissions tabled in a SCOTT schedule for submission in a dispute resolution process for a AUD 1.8 billion, eight arterial road upgrade in Victoria, Australia.
  • Advised an international entity in relation to the coordination of an urgent project set-up and delivery model for  an operation and maintenance agreement of a Government owned critical infrastructure asset in Papua New Guinea worth over AUD 200 million. 
  • Advised a Queensland state-owned entity in relation to a commercial peer review of proposed contracting model designed to facilitate the FEED phase of a water irrigation scheme in South-East Queensland, Australia.
  • Advised and acted for a civil contractor joint venture in respect of an expert determination for the AUD 4.9 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina HW10 Pacific Highway upgrade in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Project advisory and procurement support to an Australian mining company in relation to the rehabilitation of one of the largest integrated iron ore railway systems in the world based out of the Pilbara, Western Australia. 
  • Acted for an international entity in relation to the dispute resolution and litigation regarding enforcement of over PGK 25 million outstanding in payment for services performed for a Government instrumentality of Papua New Guinea. 
  • Advised an international engineering company on the national litigation strategy with respect to current and potential claims arising from 'combustible cladding' rectification schemes. 
  • Advised and acted for a telecommunication entity in relation to the dispute resolution of a project involving a national fibre network valued at AUD 1.5 billion.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Queensland Law Society
  • Member, Society of Construction Law Australia


  • High Court of Australia (2021)
  • Supreme Court of Queensland~Australia (2020)


  • Queensland University of Technology (LLB Hons) (2020)
  • Co-author, "Australia: Reminder - Project trust account regime extends to private sector building contracts valued at AUD 10 million or more from 1 January 2022", Baker McKenzie InsightPlus, 2021.