James Grinstead


James is a solicitor within the Dispute Resolution team, specialising in construction law.

James’ work encompasses many areas within the construction industry, including both contentious and non-contentious matters and he is developing his knowledge and experience in various dispute resolution methods, including adjudication, arbitration and mediation, as well as his non-contentious experience, such as drafting and advising on building contracts, associated security documents and other project issues for a range of clients in the construction industry.

James adopts a pragmatic and commercial approach to work, dealing with matters proactively in order to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. James also understands the importance of straightforward and practical advice and recognises that lawyers tend to be the last resort for many clients – all the more reason to ensure the advice he provides delivers on the client’s objectives.

James is a member of the Society for Construction Law.


James joined Goodman Derrick in September 2017, having trained with Shoosmiths LLP between 2015-2017. James has also worked for notable other firms as a paralegal, including Shoosmiths LLP (corporate and banking – 2013-2015), Harrison Clark Rickerbys LLP (commercial and corporate - 2011-2013) and Weightmans LLP (claims management and fraud litigation (automotive) – 2009-2011).

James retains a keen interest in commercial developments in law generally and has written a number of publications for LawCareers.net to assist the next generation of lawyers with the perception of legal practice in large corporate/commercial firms. His publications include:


  • Kenilworth School and ‘Castle’ VI Form, Kenilworth
  • University of Durham (Sport)
  • Nottingham Law School (GDL and LPC)

Out of the Office

James enjoys playing and watching almost all sports, but particularly football and golf and is a proud (and currently fairly happy) Leicester City fan. That said, he is about to become a father for the first time, so excursions to the football and/or the fairways could be limited in the coming weeks and months.

He also has a passion for history, reading historical fiction, watching films and cooking, although he expects he won’t get a lot of time to enjoy these pastimes either soon, (except for perhaps cooking)!