Jones Day adds partner James Pickavance to Global Disputes Practice in London

The global firm Jones Day announces that James Pickavance has joined its London Office as a partner in the Firm's Global Disputes Practice.


Mr. Pickavance handles complex construction and engineering matters.  He represents contractors, owners, developers and consultants in public and private projects, particularly in the energy, power, major infrastructure and commercial development sectors.  As well as acting in a project advisory and dispute avoidance capacity, Mr. Pickavance has experience of all major forms of dispute resolution, including contractual and statutory adjudication, domestic and international arbitration, expert determination, mediation, High Court and Appellate Court litigation.  He has experience in more than 20 jurisdictions.


"James is an accomplished, well-known, and respected construction disputes lawyer, and our clients will benefit from his guidance in successfully resolving their disputes.  We are delighted he will join us in London, where we have our largest concentration of cross-border arbitration and litigation lawyers," said Gregory Shumaker, who leads Jones Day's Global Disputes Practice.


Mr. Pickavance's recent client work includes representing a consortium of global oil majors in relation to a $40 billion LNG project in British Columbia, Canada, acting for a global power plant manufacturer in relation to a €50 million LCIA international arbitration arising out damage caused by an explosion to a power plant and for a heavy lifting international engineering firm in relation to an ICC international arbitration arising out of the construction of the 'Chernobyl Arch' in the Ukraine.  


"James has nearly two decades of experience deftly handling disputes around the world. His arrival will strengthen the Firm's already rich talent pool of lawyers, and he will be a great asset to our clients as they maneuver through the complex disputes process," said John Phillips, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's London Office.


Mr. Pickavance is a member of the Society of Construction Law, IBA, LCIA and ICC.  He is a committee member of the Adjudication Society. He is a Visiting Fellow at Kings College London University and teaches on the Construction Master’s Degree Course, widely regarded among the best of its kind in Europe.  He has authored over 40 articles in various publications including the Society of Construction Law, the International Construction Law ReviewConstruction Law Journal and Building Magazine and routinely speaks at conferences in the United Kingdom and internationally on construction law topics.   He contributed to the drafting of the 2013 CIOB Contract for Use with Complex Projects, the first new standard form of construction contract in over a decade.  He is author of the leading 768 page text "A Practical Guide to Construction Adjudication", published by Wiley Blackwell in December 2015.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.