James Tan | Senior Associate

Brisbane Family Lawyers

James was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2013 and the High Court of Australia in 2013 following extensive legal training in our office.

In spite of his youthful appearance, James has undertaken legal studies and significant on the job legal training at Corney & Lind doing wills, EPOAs & estate work.

His focus areas of practice within Corney & Lind are Family, Commercial, and Not for Profit. 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

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:

  • 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;
  • 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.


  • 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.  James serves on the College Council of Redeemer Lutheran College in Rochedale.

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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James is a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association.

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