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James Hudson

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James is a consultant in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice group focusing on construction and engineering related disputes.  He has extensive experience of litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation and adjudication (both as lawyer and adjudicator).  His practice has included representing building owners, contractors, sub-contractors and professionals in connection with a variety of multi-million pound projects involving the design and construction of office buildings, hotels, hospitals, public buildings, apartment blocks, gas platforms, oil rigs, liquefaction plants, waste to energy plants, sewage disposal plants and major infrastructure projects.

Professional Background

James joined K&L Gates as a partner in 1998.  Prior to joining K&L Gates he was a partner at a large London law firm for over thirteen years after having worked there as an assistant lawyer for five years. Prior to this James also practiced as a barrister for five years. 

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Technology & Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA), (President and Past Chairman)
  • International Bar Association (Member)
  • Society of Construction Law (Member)
  • TeCSA (Accredited Adjudicator)
  • CEDR (Accredited Mediator)
  • Recommended as a "Leading Individual" in Chambers 2010


  • Acting for a mechanical and electrical subcontractor in a multi-million pound adjudication and subsequent arbitration with the main contractor concerning the construction of the largest scientific project undertaken in the UK in the last 30 years
  • Acted for a mechanical and electrical sub-contractor in an arbitration against the main contractor concerning the construction of a laboratory to expand the facility and a world-leading research centre in the UK
  • Advised a contractor in relation to claims by its subcontractors at a sports stadium, including acting in an adjudication with one subcontractor and providing English law advice to the contractor's Dutch lawyers in relation to proceedings in Holland
  • Acted for a contractor in disputes with the employer and in an expert determination against its subcontractor arising out of a contract to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal
  • Advised a contractor in relation to a dispute with a renewable energy division of a major oil company concerning the construction of meteorological masts in the Irish Sea
  • Acted for a mechanical and electrical sub-contractor, Haden Young, in proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in relation to a multi-million pound claim against Bovis Lend Lease, a contractor, for the cost of mechanical works in connection with the White City Development for the BBC.
  • Acted for a contractor, Costain Skanska Joint Venture in various disputes with the employer, the electrical and the mechanical sub-contractors and the mechanical and electrical engineers under a warranty involving both adjudications and proceedings in the TCC concerning the major refurbishment of the Great Western Royal Hotel now the Hilton Hotel, Paddington. 
  • Acted for a civil and structural engineering contractor, O'Rourke Civil Engineering, in proceedings in the TCC against Bovis Lend Lease, a contractor, in relation to sums due under a series of contracts of a value of some £30m for site roads, car parks, hard landscaping, substructure and super structure works at a Retail and Leisure Centre at Braehead, Glasgow.
  • Acted for ConocoPhillips in proceedings in the TCC against Snamprogetti, an engineering contractor, in relation to a claim for damages arising out of the design of a compression system for a gas platform in the North Sea.
  • Acted for a major pharmaceutical company, ICI, in proceedings in the TCC against Bovis (the management contractor), GMW (the architect) and Oscar Faber, (the consulting engineer) in connection with the refurbishment of ICI's headquarters at Milbank in which ICI sought to recover the multi-million pound overspend; also defended proceedings by Bovis against ICI seeking summary judgment on a claim in excess of £1m due under an architects certificate.
  • Acted for a P&O distribution company in proceedings in the TCC against a contractor suing out of breaches of warranty in relation to the late completion and defective construction of a warehouse and distribution centre.
  • Acted for a shopfitting/management contractor in proceedings in the TCC against a major retailer, House of Fraser, in relation to sums due for works carried out and services provided at its store at Bluewater Shopping Centre.
  • Acted for an electrical contractor/cable manufacturer in an arbitration in relation to its multi-million pound claim under a contract for the supply and installation of electrical equipment and cabling for a major infrastructure project, the Jubilee Line.
  • Acted for a process engineering contractor in an arbitration in relation to its multi-million pound claim against a public utility for extras in connection with the design and construction of a pilot liquefaction plant.
  • Acted for a Maltese joint venture between an Italian mechanical and electrical contractor and a Maltese contractor, defending international arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules brought by its plumbing subcontractor in connection with a new hospital project.
  • Acted for a joint venture between a contractor and a mechanical and electrical contractor in an ad hoc adjudication against a government department in relation to the joint venture's multi-million pound claim and the department's various counter-claims arising out of the construction of a major public building.
  • Acted for a major civil engineering contractor defending adjudication proceedings commenced by one of its subcontractors in relation to a waste to energy plant.
  • Acted for a design and build contractor defending adjudication proceedings brought by a road surfacing subcontractor in relation to its claims for additional sums arising out of a major bypass project.
  • Acted for O'Rourke in relation to its purchase of John Laing Construction including advising in relation to claims and contractual provisions.