James Little brings to his clients an enviable combination of engineering and legal backgrounds. His legal solutions are innovative, his strategies nimble, and he is very responsive to his client’s needs.

General Counsel
Crown Corporation

James is very calm and always open to listening to our ideas. He is a skilled researcher who is always impeccably prepared. He is straight forward to deal with, and he discusses the matters and options available to us from a legal point of view.

Who’s Who Legal

James Little is heralded by a construction client as “very knowledgeable [and an] expert in his field, with a great reputation within the construction industry”.

Benchmark Canada


James Little is top-ranked by Leading Global Rankings Agencies and Directories.

Professional Background

James Little is a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure Practice Group at 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 has advised clients of all sizes and on a variety of different types of projects including on major national and international infrastructure projects, mining projects, hospitals, commercial and residential construction. His focus is on providing a high level of service through effective and timely advice and advocacy while managing and resolving disputes. James is often called upon to advise on construction projects during the design and construction phase also provides ongoing advice in respect of dispute avoidance and claims management.

James was part of the legal team advising the Ontario government in respect of the modernization of the Construction Act which resulted in the creation of a system of prompt payment and adjudication applicable in Ontario’s construction industry. James similarly provided advice to the Government of Canada in respect of the introduction of its new prompt payment and adjudication legislation.

James has been recognized as a leading construction lawyer by Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Benchmark Canada and was recently featured as a leading litigation lawyer in Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List.


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

Rankings + Recognitions

  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Future Litigation Star”.
  • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal – Future Leader.
  • Ranked in the area of Construction Law by Best Lawyers Canada®.
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List.
  • Award of Excellence, 2019 (The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors “RICS” and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators “CIArb.”).


  • 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

Community + Volunteering

  • Member, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • 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.
  • Advising an EPCM Project Manager in relation to a CDN$300 Million ICC Arbitration regarding an international mining dispute.
  • Advising on a CDN$40 Million hospital transformation project.
  • Representing an infrastructure client in relation to a multi-Billion cross-border transportation project.



  • Keynote Speaker, CIQS Prompt Payment & Adjudication Webinar Event, June, 2020
  • 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

News + Insights | Apr 10, 2020

Construction Act to be Exempt from Suspension of Procedural Time Limits

Articles | Mar 21, 2020

The Emergencies Act and the Construction Industry

Articles | Jan 7, 2020

When you Win: Enforcing the Adjudicator's Decision

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?