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Douglas James

Call 2015

Property Damage

Douglas acts for major insurers in claims involving damage by subsidence, fire/smoke, water, trees and environmental waste. He is regularly instructed in claims involving professional services providers, utilities companies and local authorities.

Selected Cases

Recent work includes:

  • Junior counsel in a £1.6m fire claim against main contractors for faulty chimney flue installation (led by Ben Quiney KC); settled on favourable terms at mediation shortly after the CCMC.
  • Assisting on 2 entertain v Sony DADC Europe Ltd [2020] EWHC 972 (TCC), a £6.5m claim arising out of arson at a warehouse during the 2011 London riots (led by Ben Quiney KC).
  • Acting for a commercial landlord in a contribution claim against its managing agent for persistent damp and water ingress following a c. £600k payout to its lessee for business interruption (led by Julian Field).
  • Acting for the property owner in a c. 100k claim for damages done to prestige flooring by a cleaning contractor – KC opponent.
  • Acting for a main contractor claiming for the faulty installation of a chilled water system in a £2m office refurbishment project.
  • Acting for a precision machining company on BI losses following the servicing of its equipment.
  • Advising an unincorporated private members club on a claim for a defective air conditioning system.
  • Advising a chemicals supplier on a claim for damage in transit.
  • Acting for a local authority in a claim for alleged nuisance following extensive landscaping works to public parkland.
  • Advising on recovery following a spill from a defective oil tank.
  • Acting for homeowners in a claim against an AGA servicing contractor for fire and smoke damage.
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City University and Lincoln’s Inn

  • 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)


King’s College London

  • Wellcome scholar (full stipendiary PhD scholarship, 2010-13)
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine bursary (2012)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council scholar (MA scholarship, 2009-10)



  • Elizabeth Margaret Dale Cast Prize (top overall degree, 2009)
  • Dean’s List (2009)
  • Professor Joel Hurstfield Prize (top in 2nd year, 2008)
  • Dolley Prize (top in 1st year, 2007)



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  • 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)


  • SCL

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