- A Recommended Lawyer for “Insurance”
James Melvin is praised for his “acute commercial sense”
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and 2018
- James Melvin: “He is approachable, commercial and offers good advice that understands what I want”
The Gracechurch Report: Asia Pacific Insurance Law 2017 – Kennedys’ outstanding lawyers: Australia
- Qualified in England and Wales, 2005
- Qualified in Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2002
James is a Partner in Sydney and admitted to practice in Australia and the UK and Wales. James relocated to Australia in 2015 from Kennedys’ London office after 12 years in the London insurance market.
James’ practice includes a focus on Financial Lines, Cyber, D&O and Professional Indemnity for a range of professionals including construction and design professionals (architects and engineers), accountants, financial advisors, brokers and real estate agents.
He regularly advises on coverage matters and subrogated recoveries. His current practice combines Australian-based risks underwritten locally and internationally (particularly for insurers in the UK, Europe and APAC), including multi-jurisdictional claims.
He continues to act for a market of international insurers on high-value mining claims, as well as an international market of reinsurers or high value and high profile claims involving financial institutions. James manages a team of lawyers who handle claims and coverage advice arising out of SME businesses, which can vary from claims against company directors, IT professionals constructions professionals or IP infringements. James also acts for one of the world’s largest electronic companies, on matters relating to product liability, property damage and personal injury.
James continues to provide seminars and lectures to insurers/reinsurers locally and internationally, most recently on matters relating to Cyber, Financial Institutions, D&O, Australian Regulators and Professional Indemnity trends across APAC.