DAMIAN JAMES provides dispute resolution and expert witness services to the construction and engineering sector. Based in Johannesburg, the firm supports clients from offices in Durban, Dubai, London and Manchester. We bridge the gap between technical, legal and financial sectors for our clients across the world.

Our team is made up of leading industry experts in the fields of planning, claims, disputes, commercial, contract and project management.
Whether under formal legal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution (ADR), we can support you through the process of avoiding and managing disputes. Our analytical expertise covers the following core areas:

  • Commercial and contractual advice and analysis.
  • Planning and scheduling.
  • Project management and technical issues.

Clarity and Expertise

Obtain a clearer understanding of your project risks and opportunities and ensure disputes are accurately resolved by making the most of our expertise.

A collective of construction professionals, often dual qualified in law, our experts have worked on projects all over the world. Construction contract expertise includes the major forms such as, NEC3, FIDIC, IChemE and JCT. Whether you need support in the preparation, defence, or negotiation of claims or an impartial expert on delay and quantum matters, Damian James can support you.

Our experienced expert witnesses are available to assist with disputes arising over quantum, delay, and technical issues. The team also includes experienced adjudicators, arbitrators, and mediators.

Sector Experience

Damian James experts have worked on a range of projects throughout the construction and engineering sectors, including:

  • Power and Energy.
  • Rail and Infrastructure.
  • Commercial Construction.
  • Residential.
  • Petrochemical and Process Engineering.

We work with your legal team and support them through arbitration, litigation and ADR. Our existing relationships with legal teams worldwide are testament to our proven track records in delivering concise, detailed reports, on time.

Work with us to access highly skilled support teams who will ensure timely, detailed analysis of evidence. 


Damian James


Damian James is a leading expert in the area of quantum, delay, disruption and cost evaluation. His career has included appointments as an expert in arbitrations and adjudications worldwide. Damian’s experience lies in engineering and construction claims and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in preparing detailed claims to recover client entitlements. Clients praise Damian for his clear and knowledgeable reports. He is also praised for the clarity of his written directions to parties.

Damian is skilled in the complex analysis of delay and disruption valuation. He disentangles global claims, establishing cause-and-effect relationships in complex projects. Damian is also strong in working with both forensic planners and quantity surveyors. He is conversant with techniques such as measured mile and time impact analysis.

Amongst many other qualifications and memberships, Damian is qualified as an arbitrator. He is an arbitrator at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Kigali International Arbitration Centre and LCIA. Damian is also a committee member for the Society of Construction Law in Africa, a member of the CIArb in Zambia and the African Association of Arbitrators.  


Christiaan Bredenkamp


Christiaan is a professionally qualified and experienced Contract, Claims & Commercial Consultant with extensive knowledge and skills in quantum. He has a strong understanding of construction contacts, having worked with most major forms including FIDIC, NEC, GCC, JCT & JBCC forms of contracts. Christiaan has worked on an extensive range of international construction and engineering projects and across many sectors.

He is widely experienced in engineering and construction claims and dispute resolution. Christiaan’s main area of focus is the preparation of detailed claims to recover clients or contractor entitlement. He has prepared and presented claims under numerous forms of contract and has drafted narratives to help clients support their position.


Damian James, Claims Consultant, great guy, expensive, but will do the work in half the time