Profile: 10 questions in 10 minutes with James Kingston

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Profile: 10 questions in 10 minutes with James Kingston


Are you an early bird or a night owl?

While I wouldn’t call myself a fan of early morning wake ups.  I get my most productive work done in the morning and find it a very peaceful time of day.

What was your first job? 

My first job was at the Athletes Foot.  I feel as though retail can teach some valuable life skills and I also developed quite the collection of running shoes.

What led you to this career? 

I worked as a planner for a number of years before developing an interest in the law.  I loved planning and still do, but so much of the NSW planning system is centered around the law it felt like a logical transition.

What energizes you at work?

I really enjoy getting stuck into a particular issue and being able to provide clarity for our clients.  Often planning and environmental law can seem unnecessarily complicated and being able to provide real world advice that people can use to resolve a specific problem is one of my favourite aspects of what we do.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?

I often have family and friends ask me for advice in relation to a wide range of weird and wonderful legal issues.  I find myself telling them that asking a planning and environmental lawyer to help with parking fines can be like asking an electrician to plumb your house.

What energizes you outside of work?

I’ve always loved surfing.  Its a great way to clear your mind.

What’s something you’ve done, but will never do again?

I did the Oxfam 100km walk about 8 years ago.  My team and I took the view that we had been walking our whole life and wouldn’t need to train. This was a terrible mistake and while it was for a great cause I will never be walking 100km again.

What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for?

My favourite sport is rugby league and I am a Manly Sea Eagles member and fan.  There is no better place to watch rugby league than Brookvale Oval on a Saturday afternoon.

What’s one totally irrational fear that you have?

I cross the road every time I see a magpie.  Too much childhood swooping trauma.

How do you prefer to end your day? 

I like cooking dinner at the end of the day and find its a good way to relax.

James Kingston specialises in Planning Law, Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Local Government Law and Land Development Subdivision. Please get in touch today for assistance in any of these areas.