James is a partner in the construction and engineering team, specialising in power, transport and infrastructure projects, alongside construction development and finance. He acts for procuring bodies, joint ventures, developers and the supply chain, and has particular experience advising European developers on energy projects.

His areas of specialism include:

  • advising on site deconstruction, demolition and remediation
  • industrial asset procurement and logistics, and
  • the development and operation of renewable power systems and heat networks.

He advises water utilities on construction contracts for capital works, and recently advised a major water utility on the finalisation of a number of framework contracts arising out of HS2.

James has expertise in FIDIC, NEC, IChemE and MF/1 forms of contract and regularly provides advice on their negotiation and amendment.

James sits on the BCO NextGen committee for the South West and is actively involved with the work of industry bodies including the Civil Engineering Contractor's Association.

  • Advising a major water utility on the finalisation of a series of framework contracts relating to works arising from HS2 (using NEC and IChemE forms).
  • Advising a developer of a new nuclear power plant on the procurement of key work packages.
  • Advising an ESCO on the development of its UK heat network business.
  • Advising a major transport company on the procurement of a rail depot, including advice in relation to debt funding.
  • Advising a major transport company on the finalisation of a framework contract for various capital works (using NEC4 and JCT forms).
  • Advising an energy company on the deconstruction, demolition and remediation of various fossil fuel power plants, including advice in relation to asset sale for reinstallation overseas.
  • Advising various public sector authorities (including Cayman Islands Government, Devon and Isle of Wight Councils) on PFI / PPP waste to energy and related procurements.
  • Advising various major UK banks on their financing and refinancing of various asset classes including student developments, retirement villages, and industrial and logistics assets.
  • Advising a chemical company on the multi-contract procurement of its UK manufacturing facility.

What others say...

James Horton is empathetic – a rare quality in the legal world – and able to advise non-traditional, innovative businesses. Able to draw on existing body of work and knowledge and apply to novel commercial circumstances.

Legal 500 2024