James Forde


James is an experienced commercial lawyer with expertise across a number of practice areas and industry sectors. He is a trusted advisor within the property sector and has:

  • advised some of Australia’s most prominent land and retail shopping centre owners and private commercial clients in respect of their commercial leasing portfolios
  • specialist expertise in commercial leasing disputes, landlord enforcement action and debt recovery including winding up and bankruptcy proceedings
  • regularly advised landowners and insolvency practitioners in respect of property related insolvency issues, and
  • significant experience advising clients in the hospitality, gaming and tourism sector.

James has acted on a broad range of commercial disputes and has appeared as advocate in all state and federal jurisdictions and is committed to resolving disputes in a timely and cost effective manner.

His extensive transactional experience includes:

  • advising on the sale and purchase of a range of property assets from small commercial holdings to major shopping centres
  • regularly advising insolvency practitioners on the sale and purchase of distressed assets
  • advising on the sale and purchase of a number of businesses and other commercial transactions, and
  • particular expertise within the pharmacy sector having assisted major pharmacy groups on a number of complex restructures and transactions.

James has an interest in a number of other practice areas and industry sectors including:

  • building, construction and infrastructure
  • planning and development, and
  • local government and public administration.

James is a relationship driven professional and enjoys working closely with accountants, property industry professionals and other advisors to achieve outstanding results for his clients.