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Douglas James

Call 2015

Construction & Engineering

Douglas has wide experience of construction disputes and a number of standard form contracts. He welcomes instructions to assist in all forms of construction dispute resolution, including claims against construction professionals.

Douglas is a contributing editor to Emden’s Construction Law. He also recently presented to the Society of Construction Law’s Astra group on the subject of delay analysis.

Douglas is a member of the Society of Construction Law and TECBAR.

Selected Cases

  • 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.
  • Advising an assignee on the implications of contractor insolvency for the enforceability of an adjudication decision.
  • Advising a nationwide housing developer on potential statutory remedies for damage done to infrastructure apparatus.
  • Advising on economic loss in relation to a claim for allegedly defective renovation works at a premium property development in Belgravia.
  • Advising on jurisdiction and natural justice in proposed adjudication enforcement proceedings.
  • 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.
  • Acting for a major insurer in a claim for breach of a contract to undertake repair works and for damage allegedly caused by a housing developer.
  • Acting for a landscaping contractor in a claim for alleged nuisance and negligence while carrying out underground repair works.
  • Advising a contractor on a claim to recoup monies under a contractual compensation clause following alleged overpayment for repairs to gas pipes.
  • Advising a private members club on a claim for a defective air conditioning system.

Douglas was Crispin Winser’s pupil shortly before the appeal on the Party Wall Act in Gray v Elite Town Management Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 1318.

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  • 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)



  • 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)


  • Society of Construction Law
  • PIBA

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