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James Hallas, Associate at Penningtons Manches

James Hallas

Senior associate


Areas of expertise: Construction and infrastructure


James is a senior associate in the firm’s construction and infrastructure team. Based in London, James’ practice combines a mix of contentious and non-contentious work across the full spectrum of construction and infrastructure projects. He joined the team on qualification, having trained with Penningtons Manches Cooper from 2012.

His recent experience includes negotiating a range of standard form building contracts, working with bespoke construction contracts and security documentation, and managing the delivery of collateral warranties, guarantees, professional team appointments and deeds of novation.

On the contentious side, James works with clients on disputes avoidance, helping achieve commercial solutions to avoid the necessity of issuing proceedings. He also has experience across different ADR procedures and within the Technology and Construction Court.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a major social housing association on defective work claims in relation to a large central London development.
  • Assisting in the negotiation and completion of construction documentation and securities including professional appointments, collateral warranties, guarantees and schedules of amendments to the standard form building contracts for multiple hotel developments.
  • Defending a contractor’s claims for extension of time in support of a mixed use developer.

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