Alumnus leads new era of success for Coast law firm

James Rayner
James Rayner has been appointed as Partner and Head of the Property Law Department, MBA Lawyers

Griffith University alumnus James Rayner is at the helm of the Property Law team at one of the Gold Coast’s longest running law firms, and is preparing to lead its next era of success.

As MBA Lawyers celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, James’ future focus is on creating a market-leading property team through his position as Partner and Head of the Property Law Department.

With national and international property law experience, James is ideally placed to take on this challenge.

James joined MBA Lawyers in 2019 after an impressive career working with multiple top tier law firms on a range of billion-dollar commercial projects.

His projects include advising in relation to the development and retail leasing for Dubai’s $1.5B Meydan One Mall project; acting for APLNG in relation to its $23B Queensland gas project, including development of a gas processing facility at Curtis Island, Gladstone Area; and acting for Sunland on its luxury Brisbane development, Abian.

But property law hasn’t always been James’ passion.

“Truthfully, I didn’t really take to property law when I was at university, but practising property law is so much different,” he said.

“It is one of the more practical areas of law that you can work in.”

James graduated from Griffith University in 2004 with a double degree in Law (Honours) and Arts. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2005.

“I loved my time at Griffith! The teaching staff brought a real enthusiasm to studying and teaching law,” he said.

“My advice to current law students is to enjoy the experience and enjoy the time.”