James Frampton

Call: 2016

Email: jframpton@keatingchambers.com

Tel: +44(0)20 7544 2600

Practice Overview

James Frampton became a tenant at Keating Chambers in 2017 after the successful completion of his pupillage in Chambers. James is developing a busy practice across the range of Chambers’ specialisms, including international and domestic cases, both as sole counsel and as junior counsel in a larger team.

James’ recent highlights include:

  • Junior counsel to Simon Hughes QC in a 5 week international arbitration in Singapore concerning a mine in Western Australia.
  • Sole counsel for the successful Claimant in Assesmont Ltd v Brookvex IMS Ltd [2018] EWHC 2629 (TCC), an adjudication enforcement hearing involving allegations of fraud and an application for a stay of execution.
  • Junior counsel a $500 million dispute concerning a power station in the Middle East.
  • Sole counsel, against Andrew Butler QC, for the successful claimant/applicant in Wilson and Sharp Investments Ltd v Falmouth Property Investments Ltd [2019] 1 WLUK 533 securing summary judgment on a £1million set-off/counterclaim for misrepresentation in the High Court (QBD).

James is happy to accept instructions in litigation, adjudication and arbitration in construction, engineering, energy, infrastructure, property, PFI, procurement and related disputes. James is familiar with a broad range of standard form and bespoke contracts in these fields, such as the JCT, NEC, FIDIC and IChemE forms.

James regularly appears as an advocate in both the County Court and High Court, including adjudication enforcement proceedings in the TCC. James has experience of and welcomes instructions for preliminary hearings and applications, particularly those involving complex procedural issues.

James is an Honorary Lecturer in the Bartlett School of Contruction and Project Management at UCL, teaching a MsC module on contractual claims and dispute resolution.

Practice Areas
  • Construction & Engineering
  • International Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Professional Negligence
  • PFI/PPP
  • Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Advocacy
Construction & Engineering
  • Acting for the successful claimant/applicant in Wilson and Sharp Investments Ltd v Falmouth Property Investments Ltd [2019] 1 WLUK 533 securing summary judgment against a £1million set-off/counterclaim for misrepresentation in the High Court (QBD).
  • Acting for the Claimant in ongoing proceedings concerning allegations of negligent misrepresentation in relation to a residential development.
  • Acting (as sole counsel) in a High Court (TCC) claim concerning defective drainage pipes.
  • Representing (as sole counsel) the successful applicant for a final charging order in the High Court (TCC).
  • Acting (as Junior counsel) for a local authority in respect of cladding and fire-stopping issues under a PFI contract in a housing block.
  • Representing the Claimant in a two-day domestic arbitration concerning defective groundworks.
  • Drafting a Defence and Counterclaim in a final account claim by a Subcontractor.
  • Drafting a Particulars of Claim in a defects claim against the builder of a residential dwelling.
  • Drafting a Statement of Case in domestic arbitration proceedings for defects against the builder of a residential dwelling.
International Arbitration
  • Acting (as Junior counsel to Simon Hughes QC) in a 5 week SIAC arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules for a very substantial dispute concerning an iron-ore mine in Western Australia. The governing law was the law of Western Australia.
  • Representing a Korean joint venture in a $500 million dispute, under the LCIA rules, about a power station in the Middle East.
  • Advising an international contractor in respect of a call on an on-demand bond.
  • Acting for a Eastern European state entity in an ICC Arbitration concerning an infrastructure project funded by the World Bank.
Adjudication
  • Assisting with drafting Particulars of Claim, application and skeleton argument for Part 8 proceedings to prevent a second adjudication.
  • Acting (as sole counsel) in adjudication enforcement proceedings.
  • Acting (as junior counsel) in preparation for adjudication proceedings concerning a rail infrastructure development for a major multi-national engineering consultancy.
  • Advising both contractors and employers on whether to resist adjudication enforcement.
Professional Negligence
  • Acting (as sole counsel) in a dispute in the High Court (TCC) concerning a Professional Consultant’s Certificate.
  • Acting for a home-owner in a claim against an architect concerning the negligent design of foundations for a domestic dwelling.
PFI/PPP
  • Acting (as junior counsel) for a local authority in respect of cladding and fire-stopping issues under a PFI contract in a housing block.
Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Acting (as junior counsel) in adjudication proceedings concerning a rail infrastructure development for a major multi-national engineering consultancy.
  • Representing (as sole counsel) a major telecommunications provider in numerous County Court claims.
  • Drafting a Defence in a dispute between telecommunications providers concerning the decommissioning of a mobile switching centre.
Advocacy
  • Acting for the successful applicant for summary judgment on a set-off/counterclaim for misrepresentation in the High Court (QBD).
  • Representing the Claimant in a two-day domestic arbitration concerning defective groundworks.
  • Acting for the successful Claimant in an adjudication enforcement hearing in the TCC involving allegations of fraud and an application for a stay of execution.
  • Appearing for the successful Claimant in a one-day fast track trial on whether payments for VAT were due under a building contract.
  • Representing the successful applicant for a Final Charging Order in the High Court (TCC).
  • Representing the Second Defendant at a CCMC in the TCC District Registry in Birmingham in a case involving alleged water ingress to a residential dwelling.
  • Acting for the successful applicant for an order for specific disclosure in respect of a claim for waste removal.
Case Reports
Case Date
Wilson & Sharp Investments v Falmouth Property Investments 21 January 2019