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The Chambers of Alexander Nissen KC
Keating Chambers


James Frampton specialises in construction, engineering, energy and procurement disputes. He is ranked by Legal 500 as a ‘Rising Star’ for both Construction and Procurement: “He is a star junior, absolutely incredible, consistently providing a brilliant level of service.” and “Incredibly cerebral, always proactive.

James’ recent instructions have included a particular focus on professional negligence claims against architects and other professionals (including contribution claims) as well as contested adjudication enforcement hearings in the TCC.

In 2020, James’ represented the successful claimant in DR Jones Yeovil Limited v The Stepping Stone Group Limited [2020] EWHC 2308 (TCC) in a 7 day trial in the High Court (heard remotely by Zoom).

James is also regularly instructed as Junior Counsel on international disputes, including projects in South Africa, Australia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ukraine. 


Pupil, Keating Chambers 2016; Tenant, Keating Chambers 2017


French (working knowledge)


BA in History, Durham University (First, 2011-2014); GDL, University of Law (Distinction; Contract, Tort, Criminal and Public Law prizes, 2014-2015); BPTC, University of Law (Outstanding; Written Advocacy Prize, 2015-2016).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

James Frampton Keating Chambers ‘Experienced and wise beyond his years – great on the law, deep into the facts and documents, and impressively on top of technical evidence and standards.’

Known as a ‘go-to set for construction disputes’, Keating Chambers regularly act on complex disputes both domestically and internationally. Piers Stansfield KC and Rachael O’Hagan are representing Cundall on Standard Life v Gleeds, a matter relating to a multi-million pound professional negligence claim against the architects and engineers a large mixed-use development. Numerous members of chambers are instructed in Martlet v Mulalley, which will be the first post-Grenfell cladding case to reach trial and relates to whether the requirements of the building regulations have changed, including Simon Hughes KC and James Frampton for the defendants, and Jonathan Selby KC and Tom Coulson for the claimants. David Thomas KC and Matthew Finn are acting on Walter Lilly v Clin, representing the claimant on a case which has industry-wide implications for the construction and planning sectors in relation to building demolition. Vincent Moran KC leads a number of members from the set on Northumbria Healthcare NHS v Lendlease, a large multi-party dispute concerning widespread defects in relation to the construction of a new specialist emergency hospital, acting for Lendlease as the defendant. Keating also continue to be involved in Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 2, with Adrian Williamson KC, Abdul Jinadu and Emma Healiss all acting for the bereaved, survivors and former residents as construction counsel. Calum Lamont KC took silk in February 2022, and Alexandra Bodnar has recently joined from 39 Essex Chambers.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

James Frampton  – Keating Chambers ‘James is diligent, hard working and on top of the detail. He is easy to work with and has an affable style. The quality of his written work is high, and delivered timeously. He also has a good understanding of the local market.’

London Bar > Public procurement

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

James FramptonKeating Chambers