James acts on both disputes and non-contentious work on a range of projects and is particularly noted for social housing work.
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 qualified in 1993 and joined Blake Morgan in November 2015.
James gained his Masters Degree at Kings College in Construction Law and Arbitration.
James Bessey is the name to note for contentious construction matters.
Insights by James
A legal discussion about whether to offer blanket protection from self-incrimination put the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on hold last week. This follows the chairman of the inquiry backing a request...Read More
Building Owners should be aware that Government in the form of the MHCLG (Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government) is now applying considerable pressure to see ACM cladding panels...Read More