OUR COMPANY

DAMIAN JAMES provides dispute resolution and expert witness services to the construction and engineering sector. Based in Johannesburg, the firm supports clients from offices in Durban, Dubai, London and Manchester. We bridge the gap between technical, legal and financial sectors for our clients across the world.

Our team is made up of leading industry experts in the fields of planning, claims, disputes, commercial, contract and project management.
Whether under formal legal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution (ADR), we can support you through the process of avoiding and managing disputes. Our analytical expertise covers the following core areas:

  • Commercial and contractual advice and analysis.
  • Planning and scheduling.
  • Project management and technical issues.

Clarity and Expertise

Obtain a clearer understanding of your project risks and opportunities and ensure disputes are accurately resolved by making the most of our expertise.

A collective of construction professionals, often dual qualified in law, our experts have worked on projects all over the world. Construction contract expertise includes the major forms such as, NEC3, FIDIC, IChemE and JCT. Whether you need support in the preparation, defence, or negotiation of claims or an impartial expert on delay and quantum matters, Damian James can support you.

Our experienced expert witnesses are available to assist with disputes arising over quantum, delay, and technical issues. The team also includes experienced adjudicators, arbitrators, and mediators.

Sector Experience

Damian James experts have worked on a range of projects throughout the construction and engineering sectors, including:

  • Power and Energy.
  • Rail and Infrastructure.
  • Commercial Construction.
  • Residential.
  • Petrochemical and Process Engineering.

We work with your legal team and support them through arbitration, litigation and ADR. Our existing relationships with legal teams worldwide are testament to our proven track records in delivering concise, detailed reports, on time.

Work with us to access highly skilled support teams who will ensure timely, detailed analysis of evidence. 

Damian James

Director

Damian James is a leading expert in the area of quantum, delay, disruption and cost evaluation. He has been appointed as advocate in arbitrations and as expert in adjudications. He is widely experienced in engineering and construction claims and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in the preparation of detailed claims to recover client entitlements.

Damian is skilled in the complex discipline of delay analysis and disruption valuation. He is able to disentangle global claims to establish the relationship of particular cause and effect, particularly in matters of dominancy and concurrency.

damian@damian-james.co.uk

Christiaan Bredenkamp

Director

Christiaan is a professionally qualified and experienced Contract, Claims & Commercial Consultant with extensive knowledge and skills in quantum. He has a strong understanding of construction contacts, having worked with most major forms including FIDIC, NEC, GCC, JCT & JBCC forms of contracts. Christiaan has worked on an extensive range of international construction and engineering projects and across many sectors.

He is widely experienced in engineering and construction claims and dispute resolution. Christiaan’s main area of focus is the preparation of detailed claims to recover clients or contractor entitlement. He has prepared and presented claims under numerous forms of contract and has drafted narratives to help clients support their position.

christiaan@damian-james.co.uk

 

Grant Reid

Senior Consultant (Planning & Project Management)

Grant is a professionally registered construction project manager, planning professional, contracts, claims and delay analyst. His extensive knowledge and experience of construction project management means he is able to support clients with issues on contracts, planning, claims and forensic delay analysis.

Having worked in the industry for over 37 years, Grant is an experienced construction contract specialist. Starting as a general foreman, Grant honed his skills working on-site as site agent and project manager. For the latter part of his career he has specialised in construction dispute resolution. This has included construction claims consultancy, expert witness, adjudicator and arbitrator roles.

grant@damian-james.co.uk

 

Isabella James

Accredited Mediator

Isabella James specialises in meditation of Mental Health disputes and has an understanding of the stress of the construction industry caused by hostile and often conflict laden workplaces. She is available to deliver holistic and specific framed courses to aid managers and employees in their day to day confrontations.

Her background in Psychology through her Degree, Masters, Mediation qualification and Mental Health Coaching/Care experience has given her widened insight into the disputes brought about by psychological issues and tendencies. She is an enthusiastic and extremely capable consultant who is willing to go the extra mile for her clients. She has worked internationally in this field thus far in the UK, Bali, Java, and Africa.

isabella@damian-james.co.uk

I have worked with Damian in the UK on several occasions. I have found him to be professional and articulate, with an innate ability to explain difficult concepts in language that someone not versed in construction can understand. I value his expertise.