James Harrison > DAC Beachcroft LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work Department

Construction and engineering.


James’ focus is construction and engineering law. He has acted for a variety of private and public sector developers, end users, funders, contractors, sub-contractors, housebuilders and engineering, project management and architectural practices. James regularly prepares and presents talks and workshops on risk allocation, contract law and practice, procurement, standard forms of contract, dispute resolution and avoidance and duties and responsibilities of construction and engineering professionals. James is experienced in all the main forms of dispute resolution used in the construction and engineering industry; adjudication; expert determination; arbitration and court proceedings. Recent experience includes advising a top national housebuilder on a variety of urban regeneration, residential and mixed use development projects across the UK.


Trainee solicitor Watson Burton LLP 2001-03; solicitor 2003-06; solicitor (London) 2006-07; associate 2007-11; partner 2011-13; partner DAC Beachcroft November 2013-present.


Law Society; Society of Construction Law.


Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby; University of Newcastle upon Tyne, LLB (Hons)


Football, cricket, golf, walking, family.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

DAC Beachcroft LLP is particularly well known for assisting its higher education clients with contentious commercial property issues pertaining to restructuring, mergers and development. Led by Stephen Hocking, the team is active in high-value advisory work related to acquisitions, where Newcastle-based James Harrison and Nicola Fairbairn have particular expertise. Richard Hartis specialises in handling non-contentious property matters for public sector clients.

North > Real estate > Construction

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s substantial Newcastle-based construction team handles mandates at the top of the market in the North East and across the country. Particular areas of expertise include the education sector, where clients include a number of public bodies, while the group also services a number of major housebuilders and, increasingly, energy sector clients. The group is co-led by Warren Kemp, who handles contentious matters, and James Harrison, who leads the non-contentious practice. Specialising in procurement, Roddy Gordon is also recommended alongside construction and engineering disputes lawyer Stephen McLellan.