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James Lawton 2017-08-10T02:57:52+00:00

Project Description

James has been practising in Criminal Law since 1998. He has worked on the both sides of the Bar Table, starting first as a duty solicitor at ACT Legal Aid before joining the ACT DPP and has been involved in jury trials since 1999, first as an instructing solicitor and later as Counsel.

He was promoted to the position of Senior Advocate at the ACT DPP in 2006, and joined the private bar in 2012, and appears in jury trials in the ACT and NSW, as well as Courts Martial in the ADF. He has also appeared in the ACT Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court. James appears as counsel in a wide range of criminal and civil matters including trials, inquests, contested hearings, appeals, children’s court and local court matters throughout NSW and the ACT.

James has also been appointed as Counsel assisting the Coroner in inquests in the ACT, and is available to appear in Commissions of Inquiry. He is on the Commonwealth DPP panel for prosecutions, and accepts prosecution briefs in the ACT and the ADF. He has been a RAAF Specialist Reserve Legal Officer since 2013.
James is currently the Chair of the ACT Bar Association Criminal Law Committee and the Bar representative on the ACT Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, and the Bar Representative on the ACT Courts’ Criminal Procedure Committee.

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 6230 6912
Email: jlawton@bgchambers.com.au

Year Commenced at the Bar – 2010
Seniority – 5 to 10 years

Practice Areas

Criminal appeals

Judicial review – motor accidents
Judicial review – workers compensation
Motor vehicles
Negligence
Professional negligence

Appellate
Crimes against the person
Drugs
Environmental and planning offences
Extradition
Fraud
Juvenile justice
Mental illness
Proceeds of crime / money laundering
Property offences
Sexual assault
Traffic
White collar and corporate crime
Work health and safety

Commissions and other inquiries