In-house Counsel
Nick James

Nick James is a solicitor with over 15 years’ experience, who since December 2011 has worked as in-house Counsel or legal consultant to a number of highly active CFI/Emissions Reduction Fund carbon project developers, before settling with Select Carbon.

Nick’s carbon industry experience includes co-founding ‘Optim Legal’, a Sydney based law firm that focused on the carbon/cleantech space and counted among its clients a selection of Australia’s leading carbon companies. As Managing Director, Nick’s role in the firm lead to his inclusion in ‘Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010’ by the (sydney) magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Nick’s role with Select Carbon involves, advising on the Emissions Reduction Fund Legislation, devising legal strategy, corresponding with government regulators and preparing contractual documents as well as working on general Select Carbon legal matters.

Nick has a first class honours law degree from the University of Melbourne, and prior to working in the carbon industry was a solicitor at two of Australia’s top-tier law firms (Allens and Freehills) as well as being an associate to Justice Michael Kirby at the Australian High Court.