26 Sep 2013

James Middleton-Stewart (1959 - 2013)

With great sadness, ADP has to report that James Middleton-Stewart, one of its equity partners, has died from cancer at the age of 54.

James joined ADP in 1985, and became a partner in 1997.  He had a particular interest in dispute resolution and was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and was a member of the RIBA panels of Adjudicators and Arbitrators.  His forensic skills provided the practice with an incredible source of support on quality assurance and contractual issues.

He was passionate about sustainable design and was responsible for some significant projects in which this was integral to the design approach, such as the Woodlands Court student residences for the University of Bath, a project which was BREEAM-rated “Excellent” and received an RICS commendation.

He was also responsible for several projects for Macmillan, and was particularly interested in the focus on patient needs, making it particularly poignant that he should himself spend his last hours in a hospice.

James dealt with the news that he had cancer bravely and with characteristic understatement and humour, continuing to work until the last week of his life.  The whole practice is devastated by the loss of a thoroughly decent, thoughtful and courageous friend and colleague.

James leaves a wife and daughter, to whom we all extend our deepest sympathy.