James is head of Laytons' Construction team and deals with all aspects of construction law, both contentious and non-contentious. James has over twenty years’ experience of dealing with construction matters at all stages of the process, including inception, financing and commencement, during construction through to completion and, if necessary, resolving any disputes or difficulties along the way.


Having previously worked in-house for a major national and international contractor and developer, James fully appreciates the necessity for working closely with clients to achieve a commercially realistic and effective outcome on any matter, whether that be contentious or non-contentious.

Working with all standard forms of construction and engineering agreements (JCT, NEC, MF, PPC, FIDIC) as well as bespoke or one-off contracts according to the needs of the particular matter, James has significant experience of the funding, financing and dealing with the development aspects of large and complex property development projects, including multiple parties and competing interests. 

Notable work:


  • acting on behalf of a developer/contractor in a series of three adjudications arising from claims under a development agreement where works had been delayed due to a major fire and series of other delays. The adjudications dealt with extension of time matters, breaches of the development agreement and total claims for liquidated damages in the sum of £12m
  • acting on behalf of a quoted firm of architects in a significant fee claim against a developer, and dealing with associated counterclaims for fraud, professional negligence and overpayment – the case involved a split high-court trial and the case involved two reported judgments


  • acting on behalf of a contractor in relation to negotiating a design and build contract for the design and construction of a four-star hotel scheme with luxury apartments and associated retail. Brief included negotiating and finalising terms of building contract on a "design and build" basis, organising novations of the employer’s professional team, placing sub-contracts with design and non-design sub-contractors, appointing further professional consultants and finalising matters with regard to funding of the scheme



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