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James Lavery

Director, Policy, Programs & Evaluation

KPMG Australia

James has over 10 years' experience working within the Victorian public sector at senior executive level in the infrastructure and transport portfolios.

Most recently, James was an Executive Director at the Victorian Department of Transport, its General Counsel and a member of its senior executive board and audit and risk committees.

James’ areas of expertise include public sector organisational design and governance, regulatory policy and reform, Commonwealth-State relations, intergovernmental and inter-agency relations, stakeholder relations, commercial policy, strategy and negotiation, infrastructure projects, public transport franchising and government law and litigation.

He has extensive experience dealing with Ministers, Chief Executives, Board and senior stakeholders in the public and private sectors. James is also a practising lawyer. Prior to joining the public sector, he was a Senior Associate at law firm practising in commercial law, major infrastructure projects and litigation for government clients.

Areas of expertise

Advisory Government and Public Sector Justice and Security Management Consulting Mergers and acquisitions Public Policy and Regulatory Changes Regional or State Governments Risk Management Strategy and Operations Transactions
James Lavery

Education and qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Monash University

  • Bachelor of Arts, Melbourne University


  • Barrister & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria (holder of current practising certificate)

  • Barrister & Solicitor, High Court of Australia

  • Member, Law Institute of Victoria

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