Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

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Stephen James

"An excellent litigator' who provides 'clear and easily digestible advice"
The Legal 500 

Stephen is partner in the construction teamadvising on a broad range of disputes 

With over 20 years’ experience Stephen is able to minimise legal risk in a way that is cost-effective and is frequently recognised as a leading lawyer by legal guides, including Chambers and Legal 500. 

If a construction dispute develops, Stephen can help you resolve it. His expertise covers a wide range of disputes from interim and final accounts to extensions of time, defects and professional negligence.  In addition Stephen can support on all forms of personal and corporate insolvency, working with insolvency practitioners in all forms of insolvency procedures.

Clients include employers, developers, contractors and specialist subcontractors, advising on the bringing and defending of adjudication and Part 7 and 8 litigation claims.  

Stephen is a member of the Constructing Excellence Berkshire committee. 


Stephen is experienced in working with insolvency practitioners in all forms of insolvency procedures and a very wide range of applications. His broader commercial experience allows a continuity of service to insolvency practitioners and pursue and defend non-insolvency claims on their behalf.  

He also acts for individuals in bankruptcies and voluntary arrangements, as well as defending directors’ disqualification proceedings and wrongful trading claims.  


Stephen has obtained and defended many injunctions, including the freezing of assets, preventing unlawful picketing, enforcing restrictive covenants and search orders.  

General advisory 

Stephen’s excellent knowledge allows him to offer external and in-house training to clients on many construction related issues, as well as risk avoidance, directors’ duties and product liability.