Craig James

Senior Lawyer

Craig is a practical and approachable lawyer who draws on extensive experience and knowledge in advising and structuring legal solutions for his clients.

Craig has over 46 years legal experience, practising primarily in the areas of property law, commercial law and estate planning.

Craig was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1975. His early career was as a solicitor at Stone James, Parker and Parker and Gibson and Gibson, where he was a partner for over 25 years before joining Slater and Gordon.

Craig has developed extensive expertise and experience in various areas of law but predominantly in commercial, property, estate planning law and estate administration.

Born in Bunbury in 1950, Craig’s first 4 years of schooling were in the Catholic Education system in Kalgoorlie, Year 5 at St Mark’s Marist College, Northam and Years 6 to 12 at Aquinas College, Mt Henry from where he graduated to the University of Western Australia. Craig was an active parishioner at St Benedicts Church Ardross and later St Joseph’s Church Subiaco.

As a student at Aquinas College Craig was involved in the Cadet Corp (rising to Under Officer), Artistic Productions, Abroholos Island excursion and all sports. It was at Aquinas that Craig became “captivated” by the sport of Rowing inspired by Brothers Noel Wilson and Basil Worner. Craig remains an active rowing competitor, official and administrator.

His involvement in the Catholic Church (with his close and extended family) the Catholic Education system and the Community has equipped Craig with the skills required to represent the Church and its Orders with understanding and empathy.

Craig is a former Vice President of the WA Sports Federation and legal adviser to the Federation and its members. He has been involved in the administration of Rowing at Club, State and National level for over 50 years, President of Rowing WA for 18 years and continues as Western Australia’s delegate to the Rowing Australia Council.

Craig’s contribution to rowing and sport in Western Australia has been recognized with a number of awards, including being awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2016.

Craig has considerable experience in and has also contributed to State and National enquiries into strata titles law and sports governance.

Areas of Practice
  • Commercial and Corporate
  • General commercial law & agreements
  • Business structuring
  • Business succession
  • Property
  • General property structuring & advice
  • Strata title law
  • Commercial & retail leasing
  • Real estate contracts & special conditions
  • Easements & restrictive covenants
  • Possessory title (adverse possession)
  • Wills and Estates
  • Wills and estate planning
  • Powers of Attorney & Guardianship
  • Estate administration - including probate, letters of administration & informal wills
  • Rotary Club of Dalkeith