James advises public and private sector clients on the avoidance, strategic management and resolution of construction and infrastructure disputes.
In respect of projects that are on foot, he advises on contract administration and project management strategies to secure improved delivery outcomes.
When disputes arise, James represents clients in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, expert determination and adjudication under Security of Payment legislation.
He has acted in disputes on major projects throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific, including in the resources (LNG, coal, renewables), infrastructure (ports, pipelines, electricity assets, roads, bridges, rail), and commercial construction sectors.
James holds a Master of Laws with a specialist construction law focus. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia and has mentored emerging industry professionals as part of its mentoring program.
Major Australian contractor
Acted in complex proceedings before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal involving allegations of defects as well as latent condition, variation and delay claims.
New South Wales University
Advised in relation to the delivery of education facilities and the strategic management of claims, including the negotiation of side agreements to permit the early use of facilities under construction.
Global Mining Company
Defended Federal Court proceedings arising from the construction of a reclaim tunnel and coal handling and preparation infrastructure.
Domestic and international arbitrations
Acted in confidential domestic and international arbitrations for owner and major contractor clients relating to Australian and offshore projects (including projects in Papua New Guinea and South East Asia).
Hospital and Health Service
Advised in relation to contractor performance and payment disputes and with respect to the operation and maintenance of various hospital and clinical facilities.
Victorian wind farm
Acted for a major contractor in disputes arising from the construction of a wind farm in regional Victoria, including complex latent condition, variation and Security of Payment claims.