Start typing and press enter to search
Level 1, 545 King Street, West Melbourne VIC 3003
+61 3 9088 6264
Start typing and press enter to search

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 concession period has ended

On Thursday the Australian government announced that 25 November 2023 marks the end date of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’ introduced by the former government on 19 September 2020, which allowed concessions in relation to visas as a response to the...

Permanent residency pathway changes now in effect

Over the weekend changes to the subclass 186 visa were implemented, providing a new pathway to permanent residency for skilled workers holding 482 visas.

Visa grant – Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

We are celebrating a subclass 190 visa grant for a Victorian based client in the occupation of Systems Analyst. Congratulations to Nubil Ahamadon for your terrific work on this matter!