“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
- 10 September 2020
Final dates for payment linked to invoices no longer permitted
The TCC’s recent decision in Rochford Construction Ltd v Kilhan Construction Ltd found that final dates for payment must be a fixed period of time from the due date for payment under a construction contract. The common practice of linking the final date for payment to issue or receipt of an invoice was found to be at odds with the requirements of the Construction Act.
- 09 September 2020
Publication of government’s draft Building Safety Bill
At the end of July the government published its draft ‘Building Safety Bill’ (the “Bill”) which housing secretary Robert Jenrick has described as the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”.
- 03 June 2020
Planning the ‘New Normal’ Programming & Dispute Avoidance in a COVID-19 World
Watch our construction specialists Stephen James and Ruth Wilkinson, as they help you get your construction projects back on track as we adjust to living with the threat of COVID-19 and a sustained period of social distancing. We were delighted to be joined by guest speaker Tom Francis, programme and delay expert at Decipher Consulting.
- 29 May 2020
Building a Safer Future: Government response to consultation, update to Approved Document B, and Fire Safety Bill
Last month the government published its response to the Building a Safer Future consultation on the proposals arising out of the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report. The government has in the last 2 months implemented or begun the process of implementing a number of measures supporting this response.
- 21 February 2020
Construction projects and adverse conditions: What are the rules?
Whilst it’s not unusual for adverse weather to affect the UK, it always seems to come as something of a surprise to us. However, what does ‘adverse weather’ actually mean in law? How do you determine any entitlement to money or time? And what should you do if your project suffers delay as a result of bad weather?
- 06 February 2020
All about Alliancing – why, what, where?
Regular readers will know that we’ve written about collaboration before, but how can it be achieved? What options are out there for contractually encouraging and allowing collaboration? One option often cited, but not so often adopted is alliancing.