James Whittaker to join Webb Henderson

We are very excited to announce that highly respected senior litigator James Whittaker will be joining the Webb Henderson partnership on 1 February 2024 from leading Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.


James is a market-leading lawyer who has spent his career running large scale and complex matters for a wide range of major corporate and government clients.

James brings a wealth of experience and a long track record of success with him and will complement our already strong disputes practice. James’ focus areas include: regulatory investigations and disputes, commissions of inquiry, white collar crime, class actions and large-scale and high stakes commercial disputes. These practices areas are fully aligned with Webb Henderson specialty strengths.

We’re thrilled that James is joining Webb Henderson. I’ve known James for many years and worked with James earlier in my career and more recently have had the pleasure of extensive professional dealings with James on various matters. James is undoubtedly one of Sydney’s best litigators and regulatory lawyers and enjoys trusted advisor status amongst his many clients. He’s also a terrific person. James will fit seamlessly into Webb Henderson disputes practice. His focus areas are very aligned with our own and James’ joining will enhance our ability to offer clients senior partner led teams with high levels of personal engagement”, said Webb Henderson’s Competition and Disputes leader Andrew Christopher.

Angus Henderson, Webb Henderson founding partner noted: “I am very pleased James is joining our firm. James will add further depth to our exceptional Disputes team. Like Andrew, I have known James for many years and look forward to working with him as one of the leading disputes and regulatory partners in Australia. Webb Henderson continues to grow strongly, and the opportunities James brings to our firm will continue to add to this growth and our success. Our strategy is to have the best senior and upcoming partners and lawyers in our chosen areas of specialty. James joining our strong partner and counsel team of Andrew, Reay McGuinness, Diana Biscoe and Shaan Palmer reaffirms this strategy.”

James Whittaker stated: “There are a number of reasons for the move, some of which Andrew has mentioned. A primary driver is the close relationships I have with the partners. Professionally, the firm offers exactly what I’m looking for at this stage of my career. Webb Henderson is a relatively young firm and has forged a reputation for its energetic and entrepreneurial spirit and approach to the specialities it is focussed on. It’s very exciting to be a part of the disputes and investigations team, which does market leading work for the clients it serves. Webb Henderson offers an environment with intimate connection to clients, colleagues, team and community and I am looking forward to working with the partners and firm to build upon those foundations”.

About Webb Henderson
Webb Henderson is unique in the market. We combine the agility of a focused boutique with the large project, transaction and disputes capabilities that only truly top tier firms can claim. Our lawyers are genuine specialists in their practice areas — combining deep industry knowledge, legal expertise and experience gained from market-leading assignments. We don’t seek to operate outside of our genuine areas of specialty and comparative advantage. We focus on refining our skills and depth of knowledge in these practice areas.