Our team blends top-end legal skills with practical business knowledge and experience, to deliver quality solutions that are agile, client responsive, innovative and value-led.
Ten years ago, James established Edwards + Co to create a commercial, agile and value-led law firm. Combining his background in large law and legal and business roles in multinational corporates, with experience working ambitious start up enterprises, his approach is to identify key issues quickly and proactively, and tailor advice in a clear, communicative and client-focused way.
James’ corporate practice includes day-to-day advisory on shareholder, governance, solvency and other matters, as well as the full range of M&A, equity capital raise and debt deals. His commercial practice covers all forms of business contracts, employment issues, compliance and disputes, with particular expertise in complex technology and media contracts.
James has deep and specialised experience in the commercialisation of data and IP, and has advised and worked for some of the biggest and best known private and listed media companies in Australia and overseas. He has acted on a range of key agreements across traditional and new media assets, and on ground-breaking arrangements with respect to big data, programmatic and SaaS platforms. James works closely with digital start ups, and understands the kinds of solutions and support these businesses need.
As the digital world shifts towards Web 3.0, increasingly James provides commercial, legal and regulatory advice with respect to challenges and opportunities for new forms of digital platforms, including fintechs selling products off-chain, and businesses using blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to launch fungible and non fungible crypto tokens.
James commenced his career with a decade in top tier private practice in Australia, then held corporate legal and business roles across Asia for world-leading media and telecommunications companies, including Turner Broadcasting and Orange Telecom. Living and working in Asia, he has advised on many significant legal structures across the region, including major joint ventures and content licensing and distribution deals.
James has published numerous articles on corporate and commercial law and the evolving challenges and opportunities arising from digital disruption. He holds Laws and Arts degrees, both with honours, from Melbourne University, and has been admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and Victoria.