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James Wardlaw


“Thank you James for all the advice and sincerity you've shown me over the years. I have recommended people already. I'd happily and confidently will do in the future as well. Most of all, I'm glad that I know a lawyer and organisation that has my best interest at heart!!” - Jemal

James is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law and is a co-founder of WLW Migration Lawyers. He has significant experience in all areas of migration law with a particular focus on complex tribunal appeals, litigation and company compliance.

Since starting practice in 2012, James has worked as a lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. He presented at the 2017 National Annual Migration Law Conference on the future of Migration Lawyer in Australia and has been a finalist for the Law Institute of Victoria Rising Star Award twice, in 2015 and 2019. James regularly presents at industry seminars and education sessions on immigration legal issues. He has been briefed as expert witness in immigration law and also been interviewed by SBS World News regarding immigration legal issues in Australia.

When he is not working, James enjoys slamming pucks around with his Ice Hockey team, plummeting down mountain bike trails and surfing on weekends. If you are lucky you might even catch him playing saxophone with his band!


  • Bachelor of Law (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) – Double Major in International Trade and Economic Policy and Economics.
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GradDip)
  • Australian practising certificate
  • Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

Latest Resources

COVID visa critical sectors expanded

From Friday 14 May the criteria for the ‘COVID visa’ (subclass 408) has been expanded so that tourism and hospitality are now considered ‘critical sectors’.

Subclass 188 Victorian government nominations closing soon

Are you considering apply for a Business Innovation visa, an Investor visa or a Significant Investor visa (subclass 188) in Victoria? It is important to know that Victorian nominations for the subclass 188 visa will be closing soon.

Concessions for Family Stream visa applicants affected by COVID-19

The Australian government has announced plans to grant certain family visa applications despite applicants being unable to travel offshore as normally required.