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...
Virtual Hearings & The Expert

Virtual Hearings & The Expert

Over the past eighteen months, the pandemic has definitely changed how we all live and work. Whilst some of the challenges faced by experts have remained the same, virtual hearings have brought new challenges in both the preparation of reports and delivering testimony...
Material Shortages

Material Shortages

As you may have seen in the media recently or indeed have experienced first-hand, there have been unprecedented material shortages in many areas. There are many reasons for this. As described in the webinar it is a ‘perfect storm’. It seems everything that is going on...
Whose Float Is It Anyway?

Whose Float Is It Anyway?

Float ownership  The issue of who owns the float in the construction program has been the subject of significant debate. At least three conflicting viewpoints hold sway. These are that: It belongs to the contractor.The float belongs to the employer.It belongs to...
Spotlight On… Insurance Disputes

Spotlight On… Insurance Disputes

Webinar on construction insurance disputes, common issues and how to avoid them Damian James joined two legal experts for a discussion on construction insurance. Joining him was barrister Athena Markides from Crown Office Chambers in London. He also spoke to Bryn...
Grenfell Tower & The New Building Safety Fund

Grenfell Tower & The New Building Safety Fund

In 2017, a fire broke out in the 24 storey Grenfell Tower in London. Within minutes the fire spread up the exterior of the building and within two hours every floor was alight. The fire caused the death of 72 people, and has become one of the UK’s worst modern...