Professional Background

James Little is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group of Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. He advises on domestic and international construction disputes, including court proceedings, negotiation, arbitration and other dispute resolution alternatives and for a wide variety of construction industry clients. In particular, James offers clients timely advice in relation to construction lien matters whether they are commencing a lien action or defending one. In addition, James advises clients on corporate matters including procurement, contract administration and dispute avoidance techniques.

James was part of the legal team acting on behalf of the Ontario Government in conducting a review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act and delivering a report, Striking the Balance: Expert Review of the Construction Lien Act. He worked with partners Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel then worked closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General in drafting Bill 142, “An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act.” Bill 142 included 98 out of the 101 recommendations presented in the report, and was recently proclaimed in the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

Subsequently, James was a member of the legal team acting for Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Government of Canada in conducting a review of prompt payment and adjudication on Federal construction projects. The report, Building a Federal Framework for Prompt Payment and Adjudication, was delivered to PSPC on June 8, 2018.

Prior to joining Singleton Reynolds, James was an Associate for a national law firm as a member of the Construction and Infrastructure Group. James also spent time as counsel to an international insurance corporation, working as part of its Bond and Specialty Insurance Group where he was actively engaged with contractors, owners and subcontractors in resolving bond claims and project disputes.

Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering Science, University of Western Ontario: 2008
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor: 2013
  • Called to the Ontario Bar: 2014

Rankings + Recognitions

  • Award of Excellence, 2019 (The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors “RICS” and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators “CIArb.”)

Memberships

  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Subcommittee for Construction and Infrastructure Law
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association Construction and Infrastructure Section Executive
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Representing owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and litigation.
  • Drafting and negotiating various forms of construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Representing surety bonding companies in claims related to construction projects, including performance bond claims and labour and material payment bond claims.
  • Advising construction clients in respect of construction projects in Canada, the United States and internationally.
  • Advising owner clients and owner representatives in relation to major transit projects and related claims.
  • Advising contractor clients in relation to termination and default issues.
  • Involved in construction cases involving multiple parties and large volumes of documents, including:
    • Counsel to a general contractor in respect of various Claims for Lien and a breach of trust action on a multi-million dollar project.
    • Participating in the legal team advising an EPCM Project Manager in relation to a CDN$300 Million ICC Arbitration regarding an international mining dispute.

Publications

Presentations

  • Presenter and Moderator – Ontario General Contractor Association 11th Annual Construction Symposium, April 2019
  • Presenter – Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development – What Happens After Adjudication? April 2019
  • Presenter – Ontario Bar Association – Prompt Payment and Adjudication: Are You and Your Clients Ready? May 2019
  • Presenter and Moderator, “The New Construction Act: What you Need to Know”, Lexpert® Executive Course, November 2018
  • Speaker, The Building Show (Ontario General Contractors Association Seminar), “A Guide to the Construction Act of Ontario: Modernizing the Lien Act”, November 2018

Articles | Aug 19, 2019

Presley v Van Dusen: Implications for Limitations Defenses for Multiple Construction Defendants

News + Insights | Jul 26, 2019

The Authorized Nominating Authority Has Been Appointed

Articles | Jul 8, 2019

Update on Federal Prompt Payment – Royal Assent

Articles | Jun 5, 2019

British Columbia Introduces Prompt Payment Legislation

Articles | May 27, 2019

New Regulatory Amendments under the New Construction Act

Articles | Apr 8, 2019

Nova Scotia to Modernize its Construction Legislation and Introduce Prompt Payment and Adjudication

Articles | Apr 1, 2019

SLAPP in the Face - Bondfield Prevails in Anti-SLAPP Motion

Publications | Jan 21, 2019

Singleton Reynolds’ Report on Ontario Prompt Payment and Adjudication is featured in the International Construction Law Review Journal

Articles | Nov 23, 2018

Fall Economic Statement 2018: Federal Prompt Payment and Adjudication To Be Introduced

Articles | Nov 20, 2018

Prompt Payment and Adjudication in Manitoba: The Ontario Approach Adopted

Articles | Nov 16, 2018

I Once Was Lost But Now I’m Found: Ontario Government to Amend the Construction Act via Bill 57, the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act

Articles | Sep 28, 2018

A Bargain Struck: Surety Bonds under Ontario’s New Construction Act

Articles | Aug 10, 2018

Discretion and Fairness in Contractor Debarment: Interpaving Limited v City of Greater Sudbury, 2018 ONSC 3005

Articles | Jun 29, 2018

Ontario's New Construction Act: Key Changes Coming into Force on Canada Day

Case Studies | Jun 15, 2018

Developing Public Policy

Articles | May 30, 2018

Somewhat Lost in Transition?