James Bessey

Contact details

01865 254206

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 qualified in 1993 and joined Blake Morgan in November 2015.

James gained his Masters Degree at Kings College in Construction Law and Arbitration.

Contact details

01865 254206

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

The Legal 500 UK 2015

Insights by James


10 February - James Bessey

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...

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13 November - James Bessey

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...

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10 June - James Bessey

Our team was engaged within hours of the tragic Grenfell fire in 2017 and has since built up an enviable track record of supporting clients in this area. We have...

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