James Turner

Director - Litigation

James Turner is a Director in O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors, Belfast & Dublin. James qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 1995 and as a Solicitor Advocate in 2001.

James has a particular specialism in construction law dispute resolution and has prime responsibility in the firm for advising and representing clients in Construction Industry Adjudications, Arbitrations, Mediations and High Court & Court of Appeal actions. James is a qualified Law Society NI Commercial Mediator and RICS/RSPH qualified Construction Industry Adjudicator.

As part of his role heading the Commercial Litigation team at O’Reilly Stewart, he is also recognised as a leading individual in Professional Negligence actions acting on behalf of various parties including lenders, insurers, surveyors, solicitors and government bodies.

James also acts for prominent NI Commissions / Regulators advising in the field of public law regulation and judicial review proceedings. James is also known for his work prosecuting public procurement challenges in the High Court under the Public / Utility Contracts legislation.

James is dual qualified in the Republic of Ireland and is the Regional Co-Ordinator of the Society of Construction Law; a member of the Adjudication Society and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

James regularly presents talks and CPD events in Belfast, Dublin & London on behalf of various bodies including the Law Society NI, BSA and SCL.

Practice Areas

Litigation Commercial


  • Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
  • Technology & Construction Solicitors Association
  • Environment & Planning Law Association for NI (EPLANI)
  • Society of Construction Law