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.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Damian James presented a lecture on the FIDIC forms of contract to staff from Mace Project Management in Johannesburg. The lecture focused on the requirement to give notice and the potential for time barring. A workshop followed using actual claim events before a question and answer session and networking session concluded proceedings. The feedback included the following comments: Thank you for yesterday’s presentation, it was very informative. Please thank your team for the fantastic presentation.”- Alan Lemberger , Mace SA “Just a short note to say thank-you for yesterday’s presentation. The feedback that I have received has been fantastic and everyone appears to have learnt something.” – Alan Lemberger , Mace SA “Thank you for a great presentation.” – Deshlyn Reddy, Mace Project Manager “Thank you for the insightful session today, much appreciated and valuable” – Chris Pretorius, Mace Assistant Project Manager “Thank you for yesterday’s presentation, it was very informative.” – Chuma Sineke, Mace Trainee Manager
During April/May 2016 I had the pleasure and benefit of working with Mr Damian James in a sternly contested dispute arising out of a building contract. The central issues included claims by the main contractor for revision of the contractual completion date, P&G’s and consequent imposition of penalties. Mr James prepared a comprehensive report setting forth his opinions as an expert in the field and his brief included the preparation of as built programmes which were then debated with opposing expert witnesses prior to the arbitration. Mr James displayed a quick grasp of the core issues. Throughout his involvement in the case, Mr James’ impartiality and knowledge of his field of expertise were manifest. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr James to any Employer or Contractor as a consultant or expert advisor in engineering and construction disputes of this nature.
Damian James, Claims Consultant, great guy, expensive, but will do the work in half the time
I confirm that Damian James was involved as the primary expert in respect of delay, disruption and quantum for a matter involving Khumba Iron Ore as the Employer and ELB Engineering Services as the Contractor. The Employer and Contractor entered into two written agreements in terms of which the Claimant would undertake inter alia the manufacture, design, supply and commissioning of three and two modular plants. During the course of the execution of the contracts, various claims were made by the Contractor arising from the Contracts, which were disputed by the Employer. The disputed claims were subsequently referred to arbitration. During the course of the matter, I found Damian to be very knowledgeable resourceful, solution-orientated and accessible in preparing his expert report, as well as in assisting and guiding with the matter as a whole.
We engaged Mr Damian James to assist our company in disputes we had for one of our projects with client. Mr D James provided us with expert evidence which led to the settlement of a multi million dollar dispute in February 2016. We found him to be very professional and articulate. We therefore strongly recommend him to those who may need his services
This is to certify that Damian James was employed by Royal HaskoningDHV to provide expert delay and quantum analysis on Contract No. 1T-13802 : IRPTN C9 : Phase 5 – Cornubia Interchange to Meridian Drive, Umhlanga. Damian also provided training to the consultant team (RHDHV) and the Client (eThekwini Municipality) on contracts, claims and disputes. I would gladly recommend Damian James as a claim and delay quantum expert.