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

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, “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