James Reader is a solicitor with more than 20 years of experience in dispute resolution. He has acted as counsel in a number of international arbitration proceedings under the ICC and SIAC rules.
James has acted in disputes arising from the construction of a major airport, the refurbishment of a luxury hotel, several major road projects, a port development project and a railway rehabilitation project. These have been across various jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia and have involved FIDIC and other forms of contract.
He has acted for employers, consultants and government agencies. He spent more than ten years as a specialist lawyer defending complex industrial disease (particularly regarding mesothelioma) and personal injury litigation claims.
James qualified in 2006. Before that he gained several years of experience as a paralegal in the shipping and construction disputes teams. He worked on a number of large and complex arbitrations including in relation to a ship conversion and two power plants.
He is a contributing author to the Corbett & Co. publication FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide  and is a member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL), and the International Bar Association (IBA).