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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:

  • A £1.6m fire claim against main contractors for faulty chimney flue installation (Birmingham TCC; settled on favourable terms at mediation).
  • 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 a university in £450k recovery proceedings following a fire caused by a defective chiller unit (Birmingham TCC).
  • 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 local authority in a claim for alleged nuisance following extensive landscaping works to public parkland.
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Awards


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)

UCL

  • 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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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
  • COMBAR

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