The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way

In December we took a little time out to walk the Cleveland Way, this time the ‘we’ included myself, Chantelle, Thomas Hardy and Emily Bronte. Thomas has been our companion for the last 6 years and we always promised to bring him home to England, he is of course, our...
All Change: Arbitration at the DIAC and DIFC

All Change: Arbitration at the DIAC and DIFC

Anyone who’s been following the news in the world of arbitration and construction law lately cannot have missed the goings-on at the DIAC and DIFC in Dubai. In an unexpected move, on 14th September, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al-Maktoum issued a decree abolishing the...
Adjudication is a Lottery…

Adjudication is a Lottery…

In this new series from Damian James, Damian shares some of his experiences and war stories from as a consultant and expert witness over the past twenty years or more. The series starts with a look at adjudication and the confusing decision of an adjudicator:...
The Stone in My Shoe

The Stone in My Shoe

It was 25 years ago in the coming April that my dad phoned me at work, I was 26 he was 57. I was a senior quantity surveyor climbing the ladder of a national contractor. I was, of course, an extremely busy man. As I nipped out of my meeting, the secretary handed me a...
Should Arbitration Fees Be Capped?

Should Arbitration Fees Be Capped?

This discussion is around the capping of the fees for tribunal members from the perspective of an arbitrator. We consider this specifically within the African landscape. I may however draw upon other jurisdictions in my considerations of the topic. Should you need...
Representing People in Adjudication?

Representing People in Adjudication?

At Damian James, we don’t often act as party representative in adjudication, but a long-standing client recently asked us to. Our work focuses primarily on delay and quantum expert commissions in arbitrations. So preparing demands, notices and referrals in the...