James Bailey, Partner Wallace & Wallace Lawyers

James Bailey

Family Law Accredited Specialist

Every family law case is unique.  What I love about my work is listening to clients about their goals and priorities and then developing an individualised strategy to try and achieve the best outcome possible.  Some cases call for assertive litigation but other cases call for a more strategic approach through negotiation and mediation.


  • Mackay
  • Brisbane (by appointment)


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts

Memberships and Associations:

  • Queensland Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee member
  • St Francis Xavier Mackay School Board member
  • Volunteer at Mackay Community Legal Centre (2003 to current)
  • Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland member
  • Law Council Australia – Family Law Section member
  • Mackay District Law Association member
  • North Queensland Law Association member
  • Past President of Mackay Community Visitors Association (2007-2009)
  • Past President of Mackay Junior Chamber International (2005)


  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland – admitted 2005
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia – admitted 2005

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James Bailey, Partner

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I am passionate and enthusiastic about being a Family Lawyer. What makes my work interesting and rewarding is:-

  • listening to clients explaining an often emotionally overwhelming and complex problem that they cannot resolve by themselves. The more complex the case the more interesting it is!
  • helping clients unravel the complexity of their situation and explaining the application of the law in their case. Explanations are important to me so clients really understand why the law will result in a particular outcome in their case.
  • developing and then implementing an individualised strategy about how to resolve their problem. Strategies vary and can include:-
    • filing court proceedings;
    • negotiating an outcome through correspondence, and mediation;
    • providing skills to allow clients to negotiate their own settlements.
  • getting to the end of a case and a person’s problem has been resolved and there is some finality.

While the variety in my work is part of what makes it interesting, over the last 15 years I have developed a particular interest in complex property settlements particularly those with businesses, farming and grazing businesses or complex corporate structures.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, cooking for a crowd and getting outside gardening and landscaping.


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“My case was a difficult one and James fought on for my settlement.  Not once did he lose interest.  I was well informed on every aspect.  His personal assistants were amazing, polite and very understanding throughout.  Everyone made this difficult time seem very calm and easy for me.  5 STAR!


“We wanted to pass on our most sincere heartfelt thanks for the excellent work and tremendous support over the last 2 years.  Though it was a very exhaustive and emotional time for us you always made it as painless as possible with friendly faces and a welcoming vibe in the office.  A special thank you to James and his team for all of their work and support throughout the trial.  We would without hesitation highly recommend Wallace & Wallace.  We appreciate the time and effort put in by ALL of the team.”

Simon & Bernadette

“Was very happy with the service they gave me, especially when things got a little tough for me and upsetting.  James and the staff were very compassionate, considerate and understanding, they helped me through the upsetting times.  I felt very confident and comfortable with their services.  I would not hesitate at all in recommending these guys to a friend or family member.”


“Our experience with your firm was very emotional in the beginning, but James listened and obviously cared about our situation.  Peta handled our case very professionally and Tanya very politely answered any questions I had when Peta was not available.  Thank you all for your help.”

Ron & Jill

“Outstanding service and wealth of knowledge. Had lost faith in previous solicitor but James has regained my faith.”


“James, thanks for everything you were worth every cent!”

Nicole B