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James M Cooper

James M Cooper

I commenced my career in private practice at a small Melbourne-based firm that, among other things, had a small aviation practice. This initially triggered my interest in that area. In 2007, I moved to London and began applying for jobs. I was fortunate enough to land a position at Clyde & Co as part of its large aviation practice.
Clyde & Co is the sort of firm that just goes about its business being the best in its chosen specialist fields, without fanfare or self-proclamation. I like that.

I stayed there for 3 years and then relocated back to Melbourne where I took up a position in the Transport Group of a national firm. 

In late 2013, I was offered a position as part of Clyde & Co's start up office in Melbourne. My role here currently comprises a mix of aviation work (both litigation and regulatory), together with maritime and trade work. Given my early interest in aviation work, Clyde & Co always appealed as being universally regarded as the leading firm in that particular area.

I have loved having the opportunity to play a role in the start up of Clyde & Co's practice here in Australia – essentially being involved at the ground level and helping to build the local offering while at the same time helping to set the culture of the firm here. 

The culture is one of inclusion and there are no big egos. Internally, at both a senior and junior level, there is a culture of supporting one another, rather than competing against each other. This makes for a really pleasant working environment.

Clyde & Co is the sort of firm that just goes about its business being the best in its chosen specialist fields, without fanfare or self-proclamation. I like that.

In both London and Melbourne, I have had the opportunity to work closely with people who are considered the best in their field. Having exposure to those lawyers on a day to day basis has no doubt enhanced my development over the years.

Having moved to a more senior role in the last couple of years, I have really enjoyed the level of support received from management in terms of business development and individual

profile building.  Proposals to attend conferences (both here and abroad), industry events, and to engage in other BD activities are always embraced and supported.

I really enjoy having an opportunity to connect and work with lawyers all over the world who are part of Clyde & Co's global offices.  This is particularly helpful in my field of practice, which often involves issues of international law / jurisdiction.

On a final note, I was part of the London aviation group's soccer (or should I say football?!) team which regularly played against other companies in the London aviation market.  As an Aussie, I struggled to match the English boys but they were always encouraging! In Melbourne, we have monthly social drinks.  Competition is always fierce around the ping pong table which is a feature of our office here.

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