James is recognised for his prompt and pragmatic advice, assisting clients with the successful delivery of construction and infrastructure projects and the effective management of risks.
He has acted extensively throughout Australia on behalf of public and private sector clients at all stages of the project lifecycle, devising and implementing strategies for the avoidance, management and resolution of construction disputes.
James assists clients to manage risks proactively by effective contract administration processes, and regularly delivers training on such matters.
He also prepares and defends contractual claims for variations, latent conditions, extensions of time, delay and disruption costs, defects and liquidated damages.
When disputes are unavoidable, James represents clients in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, primarily in the Supreme and Federal Court, arbitration, expert determination, and adjudication under the Security of Payment legislation throughout Australia.
James has contributed to numerous publications, including the Australian chapter of The Projects and Construction Review, published by Law Business Research. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the issues affecting the development and implementation of major projects in Australia and throughout the world.
National construction contractor
Acted in Supreme Court and Court of Appeal proceedings with a disputed amount of more than $60 million, relating to the construction of a 7.5GL dam, pipelines and associated infrastructure, and involving breach, variation, latent condition, delay and disruption and termination claims.
Multinational coal company
Defended a proceeding in the Federal Court arising from the construction of a reclaim tunnel and coal handling and preparation infrastructure, defeating allegations of breach of contract and misleading or deceptive conduct, and a claim in quantum meruit.
Assisted with contract administration and strategic dispute management, for the delivery of education facilities and associated infrastructure.
National pipeline contractor
Defended Security of Payment claims for $30 million and subsequent proceedings in the Supreme Court, arising from the construction of more than 3,000 kilometres of gas gathering pipeline infrastructure for a major CSG project.
Acted in a domestic arbitration relating to the construction and upgrade of road infrastructure.
Global materials supplier
Advised on the construction of a major wharf expansion, including in adjudication disputes and subsequent proceedings to set aside an adjudicator’s determination.