“An excellent litigator who provides clear and easily digestible advice.”
The Legal 500
Stephen is partner in the construction team, advising on a broad range of disputes.
With over 20 years’ experience Stephen is able to minimise legal risk in a way that is cost-effective and is frequently recognised as a leading lawyer by legal guides, including Chambers and Legal 500.
Stephen is Secretary of Constructing Excellence Berkshire.
If a problem arises on a construction project, Stephen can help you resolve it. His expertise covers a wide range of disputes from interim and final accounts to extensions of time, defects and professional negligence.
Clients include employers, developers, architects, contractors and specialist subcontractors. Stephen’s caseload spans adjudication references, arbitration, Part 7 and 8 litigation claims, mediation and expert determination.
Stephen is experienced in working with insolvency practitioners in all forms of insolvency procedures and a very wide range of applications. He also acts for individuals in bankruptcies and voluntary arrangements, as well as defending directors’ disqualification proceedings and wrongful trading claims.
Stephen has obtained and defended many injunctions, including the freezing of assets, preventing unlawful picketing, enforcing restrictive covenants and search orders.
Stephen’s wide experience allows him to offer external and in-house training to clients on many construction related issues, as well as risk avoidance, directors’ duties and product liability.
Read, listen and watch our latest insights
- 23 February 2021
VAT reverse charge for construction services
Following the postponement of the VAT reverse charge commencement date in September 2019 and October 2020, HMRC guidance states that the VAT reverse charge on construction services will now come into force from 1 March 2021.
- 09 February 2021
COVID-19 and its impact on JCT contracts
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on the construction industry in the UK. Labour shortages and shortages of plant and materials have adversely affected many projects, which in turn has resulted in additional costs and delays.
- 09 December 2020
NEC publishes new amendments to NEC4 suite
The NEC has published a second set of amendments to its NEC4 suite of contracts, reflecting user feedback from the industry and recent legal development. The October 2020 amendments can be found on the NEC site.
- 08 October 2020
Managing Cashflow in a Crisis
Maintaining cashflow in the construction industry is now more important than ever. Watch our construction specialists Stephen James and Ruth Wilkinson, as they consider the key issues and how best to navigate them.
- 30 September 2020
How do I prove my final account claim?
Many construction disputes relate to the calculation of the final account. Sometimes there may be an interesting point of law or expert evidence at stake. More often than not, the dispute will boil down to proving what work was done and / or what was the agreed price for the work.
- 25 September 2020
Adjudication and Insolvent Companies – falling at the final hurdle – will the decision be enforced?
Our article in July 2020 commented on the Supreme Court decision in Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (In Liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd USC 25. This case opened the doors to more adjudications being started by liquidators of construction companies.