James Bessey Partner

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Contact Details

“James acts on both disputes and non-contentious work on a range of projects and is particularly noted for social housing work.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
James is a partner in the Construction group based in the Oxford office.

Main areas of practice 

James is recognised as a leading construction lawyer and his specialism is large scale construction dispute work, both nationally and internationally.  His work includes a series of cases relating to building defects and in particular cladding systems.

James is well-versed in the use of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation as well as adjudication, arbitration and litigation. He has successfully handled a series of reported adjudication decisions.

James regularly contributes articles to Building Magazine and has also provided articles to Construction News, Contract Journal and Architect's Journal.


James acts for employers, main contractors and sub contractors with a particular emphasis on leisure, stadia, infrastructure and M+E sectors. His clients are based both nationally and internationally. 

“James Bessey is the name to note for contentious construction matters. ”

The Legal 500 UK 2015


James ’s Blog

Cladding and Grenfell - the legal landscape

Blake Morgan's Construction Partner, James Bessey, discusses the issues, concerns and claims relating to cladding, on the back of the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower.

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Speaking Engagements

High Buildings seminar - what have we learnt?

We are delighted to invite you to our 'High Buildings' seminar, the latest in our "Developing Connections" programme of events focused on the real estate market.

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