Partner, Head of Construction & Engineering
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Andrew is a Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys having previously been with Wragge and Co in Birmingham. He heads up the construction and engineering team and is a graduate of Oxford University.
Andrew specialises in construction and engineering law, and advises on procurement, contracts and resolving disputes. He has an in-depth knowledge of standard form contracts including JCT, NEC, MF/I, I Chem E and FIDIC.
He has been an accredited adjudicator since 1998 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is a member of several dispute resolution boards. He is also an accredited mediator.
He regularly gives lectures to the RICS and other organisations on construction-related topics.
Andrew and his team also deal with planning law and environmental matters, including Renewables and other energy projects.
Andrew is heavily involved in the industry, and as part of the Constructing Excellence agenda has chaired a Best Practice Club for over 5 years.
Outside of work, Andrew is a keen member of the Wildlife Trust and enjoys golf, running and working out at the gym.
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Practice head Andrew James, who ‘understands the brief and organises efficient data capture by which to deal with the matter in hand’, is advising University of Gloucestershire on a £35m multi-phase redevelopment project of a university campus. In another example of work, James is representing Inex Group in a major dispute to do with an MOD residential development site in Staffordshire
Andrew James is ‘cool under pressure’ and heads the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, which has been increasingly active in the renewables and energy-to-waste areas. James handles a mixed caseload that ranges from tender stage advice to disputes regarding defects.
I rate Harrison Clark highly as a commercial firm with partners and staff well able to serve the diverse needs of the business client. It is refreshing to receive partner level and personal service from outstandingly able, experienced and diligent lawyers such as Richard Morgan and Andrew James.
Taking a ‘refreshing’ approach, Harrison Clark Rickerbys is valued for its client focus and ‘strong commitment to the sector’. Andrew James acted for Costain in a £2bn contractual dispute over a major waste-to-energy project.
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