James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East. He has extremely strong practical and theoretical knowledge on all the standard forms of building contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to central governments, local governments and contracting organisations on contractual and disputed issues. He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.
James is experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large-scale project management. Always commercially minded, he has a reputation of grasping the key issues quickly and thoroughly and an ability to explain them to decision makers and clients alike.
He is a practising adjudicator: a member of a number of appointing body panels including the Institution of Civil Engineers, TeCSA and the ministerial panel in Ireland.
James’ experience includes acting as an Expert Witness in arbitration and litigation. He has acted as an expert on programming and commercial matters in litigation and arbitration.
James is an active member of a range of organisations including the ICE, the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society, the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the NEC users group and also serves as Chair of the ICE DRP committee.
James is also a training tutor on the NEC forms of contract for the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Meet the committee
The Dispute Resolution Committee is responsible for advising on any matter concerned with dispute resolution which may affect ICE and its members.
Other committee members
What are we working on
The committee's key work focuses on:
- Establishing the standards of qualification, experience and training necessary for inclusion on ICE approved Dispute Resolution Registers.
- Identifying improvements or new services and products for ICE's Dispute Resolution Services.
- Organising Alternative Dispute Resolution CPD workshops and seminars.
- Reviewing and amending ICE's Dispute Resolution Procedure.
- Assessing the eligibility of people applying to join the Dispute Resolution Registers.