James Joshua

James Joshua

Position: Senior Counsel
Categories: Arbitration Department

Mr. Joshua is a Barrister (non-practicing) in England and Wales, who is part of the Construction and Arbitration team at Sharq Law Firm. Prior to joining Sharq Law Firm, Mr. Joshua was the Senior Legal Counsel at Astad, the leading Project Management/Construction Management Consultancy in Qatar. Prior to joining Astad, Mr. Joshua had significant Construction Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution experience across significant projects in the United Kingdom including Crossrail (Europe’s largest railway project), Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution experience in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oil & Gas EPC experience in Malaysia and Hong Kong. James also has sound Corporate, Commercial, and Procurement IT contract experience in his previous roles and had extensive experience in regulatory manners, particularly within the Hospitality and Leisure Sector and Data Privacy and European General Data Protection Rules. Since joining Sharq Law Firm, Mr. Joshua and the Construction and Arbitration team have secured significant arbitration mandates on behalf of Employers and also Contractors, up to the Claim and Counterclaim of circa QAR 3 billion, making Sharq Law Firm arbitration claims value easily the single largest private sector Arbitration portfolio.

His key skills include

  • Construction Law, Construction Claims & Construction Dispute Resolution,
  • Strong FIDIC Suite, NEC3 & NEC4, JCT contract suite, SIA (Singapore), Qatar and UAE contract frameworks
  • Oil & Gas Engineering, Procurement & Construction Contracts (EPC)
  • Hotel Procurement Contracts & Good business acumen; Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Code of Conduct
  • Drafting & Negotiating contracts; Contract Strategies & Risk Mitigation.


Mr. Joshua has advised on large scale project disputes in Qatar ranging from the iconic Qatar National Museum to large Government Projects including Education City FIFA World Cup Stadium, Doha Port, the new Ministry of Education & Higher Education Offices and has advised large contractors and engineering companies across the Middle East in connection with Construction Law, Contracts and Construction Disputes and Arbitration strategy as well as related Corporate and Commercial Contracts. Over 20 years of strong Construction Law and Contracts Administration experience (Tendering Process; Architect’s Contracts, Building Contracts, Project Planning and Project Management) includes in a long career some very limited examples as follows:

  • Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • – Four very large CONFIDENTIAL and ongoing Construction Arbitration claims and 4 smaller value commercial arbitration claims totaling a Gross Claims and Counterclaim Value of circa QAR 3 billion on mega projects within Qatar
  • Contractual Entitlement CROSSRAIL Woolwich Arsenal Station – Project Value USD106m/GBP 75m
  • – Commercial Design Management: NEC3 / PSC3 Contract Framework i.e. EWNs, Site Instructions, Compensation Events, contractual entitlement and valuation of application for payments.
  • Claims Management
  • Claims experience includes: El Seif-Hitachi JV Jeddah Station for Harmain High-Speed Rail (FIDIC) –   Project Value USD90m/GBP 73m.
  • – Draft and submit EOT Claim arising from Main Contractor culpable delays.
  • – Draft and submit Delay & Disruption Claim against Main Contract;
  • – Assessing Quantum entitlement and Prolongations Costs;
  • – Dispute Avoidance & Contracts Risk Management
  • Oil & Gas & Renewable Energy Construction & Procurement Contracts
  • SBI China Capital Hong Kong – Oil & Gas Procurement contracts: USD300m EPCC Heads of Agreement for Cambodian oilfield investments (HK-listed Mirach Energy)
  • Procurement Contracts – lead Contracts & Procurement Manager and sole In-House Counsel for a hotel chain F
  • – For Corus & Laura Ashley Hotels – Replaced 80% of Corus & Laura Ashley Hotels supply contracts with new suppliers and distributers: