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"Absolutely outstanding. He is strategically first class in terms of the advice that he gives and his advocacy is absolutely amazing."
Chambers and Partners

David Streatfeild-James QC

Silk 2001 //

David Streatfeild-James QC is a leading barrister in the fields of construction, energy, IT, professional negligence, and international arbitration.

David is particularly well known for litigating or arbitrating high value, legally, factually and technically complex cases, and has acted for governments, private employers, contractors and professionals both domestically and internationally. He has also been appointed as arbitrator.

He has been recognised for many years as a leading practitioner by all the legal directories, in the fields of construction, energy and natural resources, information technology and telecommunications, professional negligence, and international arbitration.

David has been nominated for 6 of the past 8 years as Silk of the Year at the Chambers and Partners’ Bar Awards for either Construction or International Arbitration, winning in 2007 and 2010. He was also nominated as Silk of the Year at the 2013 Legal 500 Awards and appears in Chambers and Partners’ 2014 “Top 100 Barristers at the UK Bar.”


“Intellectually outstanding, he’s a brilliant orator and very astute tactically.” Chambers and Partners 2015

David has extensive experience of acting for employers, contractors, subcontractors and consultants both domestically and internationally. He has acted in connection with projects all over the world – including, for example, in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Vietnam.

Experience includes disputes on most standard forms, in relation to a wide range of projects, including hospitals, shopping centres, large scale residential and mixed use developments, roads, tunnels, bridges, railways and other infrastructure, docks and jetties.

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“He has provided… very high quality advice which has been superbly presented and is at the heart of the clients’ success. He is brilliant.” Chambers and Partners 2014

He has an excellent reputation for dealing with disputes relating to the design and construction of power projects and onshore and offshore fabrication. He also has extensive experience of matters involving water treatment and waste plants.

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“He has incredible mental agility and is superb at putting concepts and principles to the arbitrators and judge” Chambers and Partners 2015

David has significant experience of disputes concerning technology of a number of kinds, and has acted in relation to computer hardware/software disputes as well as in connection with different sorts of communication systems, control systems and BMS.

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“He is a standout barrister who has great technical knowledge.” Chambers 2015

He is also well regarded in the professional negligence field, acting for claimants, defendants and their indemnity insurers in relation to claims brought against a wide range of construction professionals.

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“He is the most prepared barrister I have ever worked with and he makes it look so easy.” “He is scarily intelligent and a real heavyweight.” Chambers and Partners 2015

In addition to the particular areas above, David is regularly instructed in relation to related commercial disputes – financing arrangements, bonds and guarantees, sale of goods claims, issues arising under PFI and PPP contracts, service agreements and similar.