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Douglas James

Call 2015

Construction & Engineering

Douglas acts in all forms of construction dispute resolution, including adjudications and claims against construction professionals. He has wide experience of many standard contracts, including JCT, NEC, FIDIC, and IChemE forms.

Douglas was recently seconded to the construction team of a major City firm, where he assisted, among other things, on a £14m claim under a PFI facilities management contract, a £7m claim on a latent defects insurance policy, and a HSE investigation into the design of a luxury Thames-side development.

Douglas is a contributing editor to Emden’s Construction Law: he wrote the chapters on misrepresentation, estoppel and frustration. He has also recently presented to the SCL on delay analysis.

Douglas is a member of the SCL and TECBAR.

Selected Cases

Douglas’s current and recent instructions include:

  • Second junior acting for an eastern European state entity in a c. $66m ICC arbitration on a delayed infrastructure project (led by Roger Stewart QC and Richard Liddell QC).
  • Acting for the parent company in a £2.1m claim on a parent company guarantee for delayed and defective M&E works.
  • Advising the lessors of biogas boilers on a £1.7m claim against their lessees for breaches in respect of Renewable Heat Incentive payments.
  • Acting for the employer in a £350k claim under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.
  • Acting for the employer in 2 c. £250k interim and final account adjudications (led by David Sears QC).
  • Acting for the main contractor in 2 c. £150k adjudications concerning scaffolding works on a school refurbishment project.
  • Acting for a subcontractor in a £170k wrongful termination dispute.
  • Acting for the main contractor in TCC adjudication enforcement proceedings (O’Farrell J and Pepperall J).
  • Acting for the main contractor in a c. £400k delay and disruption dispute with its building material supplier.
  • Advising the main contractor in a c. £110k final account dispute.
  • Advising an assignee on the enforceability of an adjudicator’s decision following insolvency; the matter was later litigated in Bresco v Michael J Lonsdale [2018] EWCA Civ 27.
  • Advising on economic loss in relation to a claim for allegedly defective renovation works at a premium property development in Belgravia.
  • Acting for a solar-farm developer in a claim for delayed and defective preparatory works.
  • Acting for a building owner in an appeal under the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996.
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Awards


  • Eastham scholar (Pupillage award, Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
  • Buchanan Prize (BPTC award, Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner Prize for best law-school team, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators arbitration competition, 2015 (representing City University)
  • Lord Denning scholar (BPTC scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2014)
  • Monckton Prize for EU Law (City University, 2014)
  • Winner, University of Southampton IV moot (representing Lincoln’s Inn, 2014)
  • Lord Bowen scholar (GDL scholarship Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
  • Hardwicke scholar (Entrance award, Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
  • Wellcome scholar (full stipendiary PhD scholarship, KCL, 2010-13)
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine bursary (KCL, 2012)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council scholar (MA scholarship, KCL, 2009-10)
  • Elizabeth Margaret Dale Cast Prize (top overall degree, UCL, 2009)
  • Dean’s List (UCL, 2009)
  • Professor Joel Hurstfield Prize (top in 2nd year, UCL, 2008)
  • Dolley Prize (top in 1st year, UCL, 2007)

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Qualifications


  • 2015 – BPTC – City University – Outstanding
  • 2014 – GDL – City University – Distinction
  • 2013 – PhD History (Portraits of early-modern patients) – King’s College London
  • 2010 – MA Early Modern History – King’s College London – Distinction
  • 2009 – BA (Hons) History – University College London – First Class (top in year)

Memberships


  • SCL
  • TECBAR
  • PNBA
  • COMBAR
  • PIBA

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