Chambers UK 2021
"He provides sound advice and has an amazing work ethic." "He is a thorough and pragmatic lawyer." "His advice is immediate yet considered, articulate and sensible, due to his instinctive judgement."
James Morris is a partner in the Construction & Engineering and International Arbitration practices of the London office. He is ranked as "Up and Coming" for Construction (Chambers UK 2021), as a "Next Generation Partner" for Construction and Professional Negligence (Legal 500 2021) and as "highly regarded" for International Arbitration.
James is noted for his growing reputation in the industry due to his "adept" representation of his clients. His practice includes a wide range of dispute resolution, advising employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in relation to all forms of construction related disputes. He regularly advises on complicated technical disputes, including claims concerning defective design and workmanship, programming, delay, disruption and quantum, which arise out of the major forms of construction and engineering contracts. He is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in complex multi-party litigation in the High Court (Technology and Construction Court), mediations, adjudications and arbitrations (both domestic and international).
James has advised on disputes regarding a wide variety of projects, including jetties, defence facilities, waste management facilities, mines, railways, utilities, office facilities and hospitals. He has represented clients in disputes regarding projects in a number of different jurisdictions, including, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
James also has experience of dealing with complex insurance issues and regularly advises insurers on professional indemnity claims.
In 2014 James was seconded to the Firm’s Hong Kong office where he advised clients on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters.
James is a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitor's Association (TeCSA) and the Society of Construction Law (SCL) and sits on the TeCSA_10s committee. He regularly speaks at conferences and delivers presentations on a wide range of topics.
James is also a solicitor-advocate with rights of audience in all the English higher courts.
- Advising a Korean contractor in relation to claims arising out of an Oil Field in Kuwait.
- Advising a Korean contractor in relation to a dispute about a water project in Oman.
- Advising a Korean contractor in relation to a complex joint venture dispute regarding the construction of a hospital as part of a PPP Project in West Asia.
- Acting for a quarry contractor in an arbitration in relation to its claims exceeding HK$100 million against the HKSAR Government.
- Advising a Hong Kong company regarding a development in Mainland China and the prospects of recovering its losses arising out alleged professional negligence of a firm of consulting engineers.
- Advising a mining company on a dispute with its engineering consultant arising out of the construction of a gold mine in West Africa.
- Advising a subcontractor regarding its claims in respect of an air cargo centre at Hong Kong Airport.
- Advising a theme park owner on the procurement of a new hotel and assisting with the negotiation of the relevant terms with the Developer/Contractor and Hotel Operator.
- Defending a claim against a surveyor in multi-party TCC proceedings regarding a fire at a Grade I listed property. The damages claimed are in excess of £100m.
- Advising a large main contractor in relation to a series of defects at a project in a mixed-use development in North London with a total claim value in excess of £100m.
- Advising a large housing association in relation to a series of structural and fire-stopping defects in a series of residential and student accommodation buildings in London.
- Advising various employers, contractors and consultants regarding a number of multi-million pound cladding claims in the UK.
- Advising a consultant in relation to negligent ratings advice received from a large firm of surveyors and a failure to comply with its expert witness duties.
- Advising a large UK developer in relation to a dispute regarding a series of leaks in a high end residential building in London.
- Defending a firm of surveyors against a claim brought against it for damages and injunctive relief in the TCC. As part of the proceedings we made a successful application to strike out the vast majority of the Claimant's case. The Leicester Bakery (Holdings) Limited v Ridge and Partners LLP  EWHC 2430 (TCC)
- Representing a large, international contractor and its insurers in relation to allegedly defective design of the mechanical and electrical systems of a large hospital in relation to a wider PFI project in the UK.
- Representing the design and build contractor and its professional indemnity insurers on disputes relating to the design of a number of waste to energy facilities - part of the Manchester Waste PFI project.
- Defending a number of firms of Quantity Surveyors in adjudication and contemplated litigation or arbitration proceedings.
- Acting for a residential developer on disputes arising from a number of large housing projects throughout London, including many adjudications and mediations.
- Advising a residential developer on the successful recovery of sums due under a performance bond, without recourse to litigation.
- Advising an Irish subcontractor and its insurer on claims against it regarding alleged defective works at leisure facilities in Ireland.
- Advising a major framework contractor in relation to a multi-million pound dispute with a water utility company covering a high volume of work orders undertaken over a 5 year period. Dealing with numerous adjudications on various different issues that arose during the framework.
- Advising a subcontractor in numerous sets of complex multi-party proceedings concerning defects at a high end residential development in Central London.
- Advising a major UK contractor on its claim against a subcontractor and consultant engineer regarding settlement of a leisure centre in the North West of England.
- Defending a consultant engineer in TCC proceedings regarding settlement of a car park and part 20 proceedings against a subcontractor.
- Advising a contractor on its defence to an adjudication concerning alleged defects in the construction of a Household Waste Recycling Centre and a Materials Recycling Facility.
- Advising an aggregates contractor on a dispute concerning an explosion of a piece of plant and the merits of bringing a claim against the subcontractor.
- Representing an investor in TCC proceedings against a major UK contractor relating to a multi-million pound claim concerning defects in a major office development.
LLB (Hons) (First Class)
Inscriptions au Barreau
- England and Wales
- Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)
- Member of TeCSA
- Member of SCL
- Member of the TeCSA_10s Committee
- Ranked as “Up and Coming” for Construction: Contentious (Chambers UK 2021), James is noted for his growing reputation within the construction industry due to his adept representation of contractors, developers and consultants in litigation and adjudication proceedings. He frequently handles disputes involving mixed-use developments as well as energy and infrastructure projects. "He provides sound advice and has an amazing work ethic." "He is a thorough and pragmatic lawyer." "His advice is immediate yet considered, articulate and sensible, due to his instinctive judgement."
- Listed as a 'Next Generation Partner' and under 'Other key lawyers' for Construction, Professional Negligence and Product Liability. ‘James Morris very good and very knowledgeable.’ (Legal 500 2021).
- Listed as a 'Next Generation Partner (in the separate categories of Construction and Professional Negligence), the 'highly regarded' James Morris is also listed as a 'key lawyer' in four areas: International Arbitration, Construction, Professional Negligence and Product Liability. 'Sally Davies and James Morris are extremely knowledgeable, engaging and give very practical advice'. (Legal 500 2020).
- Listed as a Next Generation Lawyer (Construction and Professional Negligence) senior associate James Morris is "very strong and exceedingly organised." (Construction) (Legal 500 2018).
- Listed as a name to note and ranked as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in two categories: Construction and Professional Negligence (Legal 500 2017).