According to Chambers & Partners: “David Streatfeild-James QC has an immense ability to get on top of the detail very quickly, and he’s prepared to think about strategies that are different.” “He is the brain of the Bar! He has the most brilliant legal mind I have come across in the construction field.” “David Streatfeild-James QC is highly intelligent and very good at getting to the nub of an issue and explaining complex points in a way that the tribunal will understand.” “A very good, very well-respected barrister who would be a go-to on any matter requiring a big-picture view of a case.”
David Streatfeild-James is widely-regarded as a leading advocate in commercial and construction disputes. He acts as an advocate, adviser and arbitrator in high-value commercial cases comprising legally, factually, and technically complex issues. During 35 years of practice he has gained an outstanding professional reputation. In acting for a wide range of clients relating to infrastructure projects worldwide, David’s scope of experience encompasses the fields of construction and engineering, energy, information technology and professional negligence.
Experience includes disputes under most standard construction contracts and forms, on and offshore fabrications, power and renewable energy projects, water treatment and waste plants, soft and hardware computer systems, and control and communication systems. David also has expertise with financing and service agreements, and PFI / PPP contracts.
David has been recognised in Chambers & Partners (UK, Asia-Pacific and Global) and The Legal 500 as one of the leading silks at the commercial bar. He has twice been Chambers and Partners’ Construction Silk of the Year, was Construction and Energy Silk of the Year in The Legal 500 UK Awards in 2020, and Chambers & Partners named David as one of its “Stars at the Bar” for the 11th year in a row in its 2022 UK Bar Guide.