James Thompson

Barrister, Keating Chambers

James was called to the Bar in 2005 and is a specialist in the areas of construction and engineering, energy, technology, infrastructure and related commercial disputes. James is regularly instructed in cases involving complex factual, legal and expert issues in the High Court, as well as in international arbitration. He also has extensive experience of acting in adjudication proceedings, both during the adjudication process itself and at subsequent enforcement hearings. James is also often instructed to represent clients at mediation, and has had considerable success in negotiating settlements through this process.

Noted in the directories as having “a strong international element to his practice”, James is a particularly popular choice for instructions in the Middle East and is a committee member of the Omani British Lawyers Association.

Examples of James’ recent work: acting for the main contractor in a $150 million termination dispute arising out the construction of the world’s largest energy research and development centre, in Saudi Arabia; acting for the main contractor in ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a power plant in the Caribbean; acting as sole counsel in TCC proceedings relating to the failure of electrical components at commercial premises; acting as junior counsel on behalf of the contractor in high-profile proceedings in the TCC concerning the construction of a busway; acting for the contractor in proceedings before the Dubai World Tribunal concerning a construction dispute on the Palm Jumeirah; acting as junior counsel in a £5 million TCC dispute arising out of the construction of a housing development in the UK.