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James Bailey

James Bailey


I am passionate and enthusiastic about being a Family Lawyer. What makes my work interesting and rewarding is:

  • listening to clients explaining an often emotionally overwhelming and complex problem that they cannot resolve by themselves. The more complex the case the more interesting it is!
  • helping clients unravel the complexity of their situation and explaining the application of the law in their case. Explanations are important to me so clients really understand why the law will result in a particular outcome in their case.
  • developing and then implementing an individualised strategy about how to resolve their problem. Strategies vary and can include:-
    • filing court proceedings;
    • negotiating an outcome through correspondence, and mediation;
    • providing skills to allow clients to negotiate their own settlements.
  • getting to the end of a case and a person’s problem has been resolved and there is some finality.

While the variety in my work is part of what makes it interesting, over the last 15 years I have developed a particular interest in complex property settlements particularly those with businesses, farming and grazing businesses or complex corporate structures.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, cooking for a crowd and getting outside gardening and landscaping.

Family Law
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07 4963 2000

Mackay Office

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  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts
Memberships & Associations
  • Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee member
  • St Francis Xavier Mackay School Board member
  • Volunteer at Mackay Community Legal Centre (2003 to current)
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland member
  • Law Council Australia – Family Law Section member
  • Mackay District Law Association member
  • North Queensland Law Association member
  • Board member of the Mackay Children's Contact Service (2020)
  • Past President of Mackay Community Visitors Association (2007-2009)
  • Past President of Mackay Junior Chamber International (2005)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland – admitted 2005
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia – admitted 2005

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