James Tan | Director

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James Tan | Director

James’ focus areas of practice within Corney & Lind are Family Law, Commercial Litigation, and Not for Profit. He is passionate about tackling complex legal situations and helping his clients find cost-effective solutions.

In particular, James has experience in the following matters:

Family Law

  • Property law – disputes over complex company and trust structures.
  • Parenting matters – international relocation and Hague Convention (International Abduction).
  • Child support matters – applications to change assessment and binding child support agreements.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Binding financial agreements (including those entered outside Australia).
  • Family dispute resolution.

Commercial Litigation

  • Contractual disputes and debt recovery.
  • Retail and commercial lease disputes.
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes and dissolutions.
  • Discrimination disputes.
  • Breaches of director duties and governance.
  • Commercial dispute resolution.

Commercial Front End

  • Small business advice.
  • Contract preparation (including sale of a business, partnership & shareholder agreements).
  • Retail and commercial leases (preparation and negotiation).
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency.
  • Director duties and governance.
  • Policy reviews.

Not for Profit

  • Setting up entities and restructure
  • Lease disputes
  • Director duties and Governance issues.
  • Membership disputes and “splits”.

James has appeared on behalf of his clients in several jurisdictions including the Federal Circuit Court, Family Court of Australia, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Magistrates Court of Queensland, District Court of Queensland and the Supreme Court of Queensland.

He has assisted his clients in mediation and dispute resolution conferences.

Some of the successfully litigated cases James has assisted in include:

  • TT and Ors v Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District and Ors[2013] QCAT 48 – assisted the client in successfully responding to a complex anti-discrimination claim.
  • Deslandes & Deslandes [2015] FamCA 913 – assisting the client in successfully arguing that Australia had jurisdiction to hear family law property matters in spite of a prenuptial agreement entered into outside of Australia;
  • Sadiqi, in the matter of Cook Islands Christian Church of Australia Limited (in liq) v Cook Islands Christian Church of Australia Limited (in liq)[2016] FCA 786 – assisted the client in proving solvency.
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services & Bogovic[2017] FamCA 462 – assisted the client in resisting an application under the Hague Abduction Convention
  • Archaeo Cultural Heritage Services Pty Ltd v Gall & Ors [2017] QDC 267 – assisted the client in obtaining an Order for Security for Costs.


  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Masters of Business (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland, and
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Outside of the practice of law, James is actively involved in his local community and serves at his local Church.  Hi leadership contributions include:

  • Redeemer Lutheran College Council – College Council Member – 2016 to present.
  • Redeemer Lutheran College Risk and Compliance Sub-Committee – Chairperson – 2019 to present.
  • Queensland Law Society Innovation Committee – Member – 2019 to present.

James also has experience practicing in Fiji where he obtained a temporary practicing certificate as part of a secondment called Lawyers Exchange and Development (LEAD) program.  This program was a pilot project of the Kingdom International Legal Network.

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