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Douglas James

Call 2015

Property Damage

Douglas has wide experience of property damage and product liability cases. He has acted for major insurers in claims involving damage caused by subsidence, trees, fire/smoke, water and environmental waste.

Selected Cases

  • Junior counsel in 2entertain and ors v Sony Europe, a £6.5m claim arising out of arson at a warehouse during the 2011 London riots (led by Ben Quiney QC).
  • Junior counsel in Albanwise and ors v Bennett (Construction) Ltd and ors, £2m proceedings against main contractors for faulty chimney flue installation (led by Ben Quiney QC).
  • Acting for a commercial landlord in a contribution claim against its managing agent for persistent damp and water ingress following a six-figure payout to its lessee for business interruption (led by Julian Field).
  • Acting for a main contractor claiming for the faulty installation of a chilled water system in a £2m office refurbishment project.
  • Advising a private members club on a claim for a defective air conditioning system..
  • Acting for a commercial landlord in a fire claim against a washing machine manufacturer.
  • Acting for a local authority in a claim for alleged nuisance following extensive landscaping works to public parkland.
  • Acting for the supplier in a claim about an allegedly defective motor engine.
  • 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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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


  • Society of Construction Law
  • TECBAR
  • COMBAR
  • PIBA

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