James Reader – Solicitor

James Reader is a solicitor at Corbett & Co with more than 20 years of experience in dispute resolution.

James joined Corbett & Co in 2016. Since that time, he has been involved and has acted as counsel in a number of international arbitration proceedings under the ICC and SIAC rules. He has acted in disputes arising from the construction of a major airport, a number of major road projects, a port development project and a railway rehabilitation project. These have been across various jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia and have involved FIDIC and other forms of contract. James has acted for employers, consultants and government agencies.

Prior to joining Corbett & Co, James spent more than ten years as a specialist lawyer defending complex industrial disease (particularly regarding mesothelioma) and personal injury litigation claims. He was with Norton Rose (now Norton Rose Fulbright), DAC Beachcroft, Hextalls and Berrymans Lace Mawer (now BLM) where he acted on several high-profile cases for a number of major insurers, and which required sensitive handling.

James qualified at Norton Rose in 2006 where, before qualification, he gained several years of experience as a paralegal in the shipping and construction disputes teams. He worked on a number of large and complex arbitrations including in relation to a ship conversion and two power plants.

James is a contributing author to the Corbett & Co publication FIDIC 2017 A Practical Legal Guide [2020] and is a member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL), and the International Bar Association (IBA).