Adjudication Society Newsletter

The newsletter is published each quarter. It has been published since the formation of the society and contains articles, case reports and other commentary and news items. Articles are held as part of the membership resources. There are over 400 articles which can be searched. The past editors of the newsletter have been drawn from leading construction chambers and include many leading construction barristers who have taken on the role.

The current editorship is joint.

The joint editors are Douglas James and Benedict Morillo, both of Crown Office Chambers, 2 Crown Office Row, Temple, London, who were appointed Joint Editors in January 2023

The publication dates for the newsletter this year are April, July, October and mid–December.

Articles or enquiries about the newsletter can be submitted to Bernadette Barker by email to

Newsletter Editors

Douglas James

Douglas James

Douglas acts in all forms of construction dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitrations, adjudications and claims against construction professionals. He has wide experience of many standard contracts, including JCT, NEC, FIDIC, and IChemE forms. Recent instructions include a c. $70m ICC arbitration about a Caribbean power plant, a c. $65m ICC arbitration about a delayed infrastructure project in eastern Europe, a £25m cladding defects claim and a c. £30m PFI dispute.

Douglas has also completed secondments to a number of major City firms, where he assisted on matters including a £14m claim under a PFI facilities management contract and a £7m claim on a latent defects insurance policy.

Douglas is a contributing editor to Emden’s Construction Law: he wrote the chapters on misrepresentation, estoppel and frustration. He has also presented to the SCL on delay analysis.

Douglas is a member of the SCL and TECBAR.

Benedict Morillo

Benedict Morillo

Benedict became a member of Crown Office Chambers in 2022, before which he taught Trusts, Tort, and Contract at the University of Oxford. 

Since joining chambers, he has gained experience of adjudication, arbitration, and party wall act disputes and he has dealt with everything from domestic renovation projects involving informal contracts to large commercial projects on JCT standard terms. 

He has successfully appeared in the High Court as sole counsel in adjudication enforcement matters and he looks forward to further developing his adjudication practice.