James Duckworth is a partner in the firm’s Infrastructure Group.
James specialises in the procurement of major infrastructure projects, often on a PPP or project-financed basis, and has substantial experience of doing so in the energy, waste, healthcare, education, defence and transport sectors. He also has substantial experience of advising various governments, in particular in the GCC region on PPP legislative, regulatory and institutional reform. In addition he has acted on a number of major real estate development projects on the procurement side.
He advises on all aspects of procurement strategy, the drafting and negotiation of contractual documentation, risk management and dispute avoidance. He has a detailed understanding of all infrastructure procurement documentation, including concession agreements, power purchase agreements, EPC contracts, framework and alliancing agreements, development agreements, subcontracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and bonds.
James has acted on behalf of developers, contractors, concessionaires, funders, construction professionals and public bodies, including central and local government in both the UK and on a number of major international projects, in particular in the Middle East and Africa.
James is recognised as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2019 and as a Notable Practitioner for Construction in Chambers UK 2019. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law.