James McEwen (pictured) will join the firm’s office in Adelaide as a property and infrastructure partner in the public law team.
McEwen has spent most of the last decade specialising in local government property and infrastructure related matters. He has expertise in commercial and property law and has been involved in some of the most complex issues facing local government in recent times.
McEwen has worked closely with many councils on legal issues ranging from large infrastructure projects, procurement, asset management, occupancy arrangements, funding agreements, Crown land, policy development and governance issues.
He has acted for a number of councils in the restructure of large council-owned assets, such as tourist parks, for example.
Commenting on his appointment, McEwen said: “Owning and maintaining valuable community assets in a sustainable way is one of the biggest challenges facing local government and I am keen to investigate and consider new solutions in this area.
“I’m excited to join such a well-established and recognised public law team and at a time of growth in the firm,” he added.
McEwen, who is chairman of the Property Council of South Australia’s Facilities Management Committee, also claimed that he is “ideally positioned to lead developments in the area of better asset and facilities management.”