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James Howells QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 5 departments
Ranked in : Information Technology , Construction , Energy & Natural Resources , Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction , International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering
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Information Technology - London (Bar)

Band 3

James Howells QC
James Howells QC is especially recognised for his skill in handling energy and power disputes on an international scale, with attendant technological and technical complications. His practice also covers IT issues such as software licensing and data protection, and he is well versed in alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation. He is an accomplished adviser to overseas companies.
Strengths: "He is a really nice person to work with, very easy to get on with and good at managing a large case."
Recent work: Defended Tii Technology in claims by BT that it had provided defective network components for ADSL broadband supply systems.
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Construction - London (Bar)

Band 3

James Howells QC
James Howells QC advises on claims relating to design and construction defects in domestic disputes. His well-regarded practice also includes a strong international arbitration element predominantly focused in the Gulf and East Asia. He receives praise for his compelling advocacy and exceptional analytical skills. He is especially active on litigation involving transport and social infrastructure projects.
Strengths: "He combines excellent written advocacy with very good oral advocacy skills."
Recent work: Instructed as counsel for an Austrian specialist cladding design and build contractor in two claims in the TCC relating to the Beetham Tower in Manchester.
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Energy & Natural Resources - London (Bar)

Band 4

James Howells QC
James Howells QC is recommended for his impressive technical expertise and diligence in cases. He handles a range of disputes, including those relating to defect and damages and alleged wrongful terminations arising from power and oil and gas projects. He is equally at home representing his clients in the domestic courts or in claims seated in other jurisdictions.
Strengths: "He is extremely knowledgeable in the energy space - a first-class legal mind. He is also incredibly thorough and leaves no stone unturned." "He is very bright and very good at grasping technical points."
Recent work: Acted for PTT, a Thai oil and petrochemicals company, in a dispute relating to the termination of a contract to design and implement an integrated commodities trading and vessel charter party management system across its Asia and Gulf businesses.
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Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction - London (Bar)

Band 3

James Howells QC
James Howells QC offers expertise in both technology and construction law, acting in major claims involving negligence in software design and implementation as well as those against architects and other construction professionals. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He has an extremely good reputation and handles big cases."
Recent work: Represented PTT before the Supreme Court in the course of litigation with Triple Point Technology. The case concerned the termination of a contract to design and implement an integrated commodities trading and vessel charter party management system due to allegedly negligent software design and project management.
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International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering - London (Bar)

Band 2

James Howells QC
Well-regarded silk for his wide-ranging international arbitration practice with an emphasis on energy, construction and engineering. He has dealt with disputes in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia, and has handled arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC, the LCIA and SIAC.
Strengths: "He is very competent, hands-on, affable and articulate." "He grasps the matters very quickly and he is very commercial and very nice to work with."
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James specialises in infrastructure, construction, energy and IT disputes both domestic and international. James regularly appears as an advocate in the English Courts and in international arbitration in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has extensive experience of arbitration under all major institutional rules and in ad hoc references. James is regularly instructed in other forms of dispute resolution. James’ experience of domestic and international infrastructure projects has included metro and heavy rail, roads, and airports across the globe. Experience of energy disputes has included numerous claims relating to the design, construction of oil and gas production platforms and rigs and their commercial operation including onshore and offshore (including UDW) drilling . Numerous ship building disputes have addressed some of the largest submersible/semi-submersible rigs in addition to the design and construction of drill ships and FPSOs. James has extensive experience of power-related disputes ranging from thermal and nuclear plants to waste-to-energy and renewable energy sources including wind, wave, hydro, solar and biomass production. IT experience includes commercial and technical disputes in respect of projects ranging from financial services/banking, commodities trading and commercial business systems to major government IT infrastructure and services outsourcing projects.

Career

MA (Cantab), BCL (Oxon). Silk 2014

Professional Memberships

TECBAR, LCLCBA, COMBAR, SCL, Society for Computers and Law.

Publications

Contributing Editor: 'Hudson's Building and Engineering Contracts' 12th to 14th editions.

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