Our Team

James Skelton

Intellectual Property, Commercial

James is a member of Swaab Attorneys'​ commercial and intellectual property practice with a focus on the commercialisation of intellectual property rights, business advice and brand protection strategies.

James was a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly '30 Under 30 Awards'​, which provides industry-wide recognition for professional competence while highlighting a passion for the law and dedication to personal advancement.

Prior to joining Swaab he worked at the Federal Court of Australia with the NSW and ACT District and Deputy District Registrars. This gave James invaluable experience in the practice and procedure of the Court, being the principal jurisdiction in which IP matters are determined. He also has experience with matters in the Federal Circuit Court and the Copyright Tribunal. Prior to attaining a Juris Doctor at UNSW in 2012, he completed a Bachelor of International Studies, allowing him to gain international business experience at the University of Bonn, Germany. He successfully placed on the 2012 UNSW Law Dean's List for academic achievements.

James also has significant fashion and luxury retail knowledge from both a sales and retail operations perspective gained from over 7 years experience with an international luxury brand, providing a valuable commercial approach to his legal problem solving.

James was elected an Executive Councillor of NSW Young Lawyers in 2015 and is the Submissions Coordinator of the NSW Young Lawyers: Communications, Entertainment and Technology Law Committee. Most recently, he has edited and participated in drafting submissions regarding digital copyright infringement and copyright reform. James also sits on the board of prominent Sydney charity - The Aurora Group.


  • IP & Technology law
  • Commercial law


  • Drafting ecommerce terms & conditions and privacy policies
  • Drafting, prosecuting and advising on trade mark and design applications in Australia and internationally
  • Negotiating and advising on IP infringement actions
  • Drafting IP licence and assignment documents
  • Advising on brand protection strategies for domestic and multinational clients including managing trade mark portfolios
  • Assisting with due diligence as part of the disposal and acquisition of businesses
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Association Memberships
Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation
  • 2018 - Recommended Doyles Guide
  • 2018 - Recommended Doyles Guide
  • 2018 - Recommended Doyles Guide