Welcome to James D. Catlin Barrister

James D. Catlin is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar with over 18 years experience.


James Catlin is a specialist fraud, defamation and whistleblowing Barrister in Melbourne at the Victorian Bar with 18 years experience specialising in commercial litigation. Immediately prior to joining the Bar, James was Associate to a County Court Judge for a year and a half. In addition to working as a solicitor, he has worked as a finance journalist for the Herald and Weekly Times and Fairfax publishers, giving him an excellent understanding of the language and needs of commercial clients. He has been Counsel in a number of high profile cases.

He was a Press Secretary and Advisor on Premier Kennett’s staff. This experience gives him a unique insight into media law and litigation involving government. His range of experience gives him the ability to comprehend a wide variety of factual and tactical issues.

James is an nationally accredited mediator. James is Chairman of Blueprint for Freespeech, a not for profit research organisation which conducts research and publishes best practice legislation in areas such as whistleblowing and freedom of speech.

James interviewed 12 high profile whistleblowers in the UK during July 2013 as part of Blueprint’s empirical research and co-wrote Blueprint’s submissions to the UK House of Commons review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998: see Blue Print For Free Speech. He recently was the lead writer on the Victorian Parliamentary IBAC committee’s review of the Victorian Protected Disclosure Act.

He appears in all courts in all States of Australia.


Qualifications - LL. B., B. Ec., Grad. Dip. Media Comms. Law

Admission to Bar Roll - 05 December 1988

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James Catlin commercial litigation

Commercial Litigation

Breach of contract, guarantees, defamation ...

James Catlin Barrister Alleged Fraud-Search and Freezing orders

Fraud Representation

Alleged Fraud, Search and Freezing orders ...

James Catlin Whistleblowing – Protected Disclosures – Public Interest Disclosurese

Whistleblowing Protected Disclosures

Protected, Public Interest Disclosures ...

James Catlin Corporations Act

Corporations Act.

Corporations Act ...

James Catlin Barrister Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Specialist

Liquidation, Insolvency and Bankruptcy ...

James Catlin Barrister Defamation Injurious Falsehood vs Misrepresentation

Defamation Misrepresentation

Defamation, Injurious Falsehood vs ...

James Catlin Barrister Unfair Trade Practices

Unfair Trade Practices

Trade practices and misrepresentation ...

James Catlin Barrister Mediation

Mediation Specialist

Nationally accredited experienced mediator ...

James Catlin Barrister Family Provision – Wills and Probate

Family Provision Wills and Probate

Wills, Family Provision, Intestacy, ....

James Catlin employment law industrial law

Employment Law Industrial Law

Employment contracts, unfair dismissal, sexual harassment ...

James Catlin Barrister heavy vehicle transport

Heavy Vehicle Transport

Experienced in legal issues related to trucking ...

James Catlin Barrister crime prosecutions and coronial inquests

Crime, Prosecutions Coronial Inquests

Experienced judges associate ....

Recent Cases

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James has been involved in many high profile hard fought cases and knows the role of a Barrister in periods of pressure and stress and potentially existential danger to your client.

My Working Process

Has been created over nearly 20 years of trial and error and observation of my peers in appearances in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and my home state of Victoria.

 

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I Read The Brief And I Listen.

This is my first chance to add value by spotting points that have been points of missed and wrong emphasis.

 

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I Frame The Justice Of The Case. I Think Laterally And Creatively.

Why the law should help your client. I think laterally and creatively about forensic approaches to getting the best evidence to win and maintain ongoing contact with the client to discover everything that might assist.

 

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My Instructor And I Are A Team.

Informal testing of ideas and strategies through regular phone calls (with the meter off) are encouraged, not just occasional formal update conferences. Phone calls are returned quickly. That flash of inspiration can’t be left to wait!

 

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I Stay With You To The End.

In litigation you can have good quarters and bad quarters. It can can have a bumpy progression over years. Becoming 'jammed' at critical moments is not an option. To me the outcome is everything.

  • James was willing to work as hard as I was - very hard to win the case. He carefully and thoroughly cross examined my opponent resulting in the judge disbelieving my opponent. He brought humour to the task lightening the emotional load I had to bear from a difficult dispute.  Everything that was in our control was handled with the utmost professionalism, effort and dedication. Thank you James!

    Dragan Jevtic Director Playmaker Football Management

  • Emily Carter - CEO & Founder
    I had established a small business online but found myself being monstered by a competitor and a small army of her supporters who commenced systematically vilifying me in social media. More than mere abuse, the campaign also tried to nonsensically assert that patents and trade mark rights were being infringed or stolen by me. James quickly drafted a letter that told the competitor to put up, shut up or face legal consequences. I haven’t been attacked since!

    Emily Carter,

    CEO & Founder

  • Matt Arnott - Managing Director
    Our deceased father's solicitor decided to act for his de facto in overturning our father's will.  James confidently advised us that the Judge would order the solicitor to disqualify himself for reasons of conflict of interest which was exactly how this resulted.  We took a great deal of comfort from the fact that James' experience would achieve a satisfactory and just outcome. 

    Matt Arnott,

    Managing Director

  • Wikifrauds -
    Our defense of this matter was most ably represented in court by our barrister, James Catlin of Melbourne. James specialises in defamation, fraud and whislte-blowing, and was the architect of our win.

    Wikifrauds

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Owen Dixon West Chambers,
Level 10, Room 23, 
525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:

(03) 9225 8141

(03) 9225 8584 (Fax)

(03) 9225 7666 (Clerk)

Monday - Friday: 09.00 to 18.00
Saturday, Sunday Closed
Email:

Jdcatlin@vicbar.com.au