- Wide experience of industry standard forms of building and engineering contracts (such as the JCT and NEC suites) and consultants appointments (such as RIBA and ACE)
- Advising clients initiating or funding projects on the most appropriate forms of building or engineering contracts and professional appointments, whether using industry standard or bespoke forms
- Advising on, drafting, vetting and negotiating building and engineering contracts (including any suitable and/or required amendments to standard forms), professional appointments, collateral warranties, performance bonds, parent company guarantees and the like
- Advice and support to deal with issues arising on live projects, such as payment problems, delays, suspension of work, termination and replacement of contractors and consultants.
Acting for a major industrial company constructing a multi-million pound facility for the bulk assessment of used electrical materials (e.g. spent batteries, electronic equipment etc.)
Acting for a developer who is converting an important listed building into a mixed use development, to be carried out in two phases.
Acting for a company producing pre-prepared frozen food on the construction of a large kitchen extension to their factory
Acting for a property maintenance company in reviewing and amending a valuable facilities maintenance contract
Acting for a care home provider in urgently appointing a replacement building contractor
Achievements & other appointments
Chris is acknowledged in leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK, as a leader in his field and is praised by clients for being ‘client-focused, hard-working and he delivers a quality outcome. He describes things in a straightforward manner and gets his point across succinctly and coherently’. The Construction team are described as being ‘down to earth’ and ‘they handle the pressure of a situation and the technical and legal aspects well’.
Chris is chairman of the Thomson Snell & Passmore Property and Construction Club, a breakfast event offering an opportunity to network for those involved in this sector in the Thames Gateway region. Together with Chris Kirby-Turner, he also provides seminars and in-house training workshops on topical construction matters to the team’s key clients and contacts.
Chris is a member of the Technology & Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA).
Chris studied classics and Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge (1975-8 – MA (Cantab)), gaining exemption from Part 1 of the Law Qualification course.
He studied Part 2 at the College of Law, Guildford. Chris Articled Clerk at Gregory Rowcliffe & Co (as they then were) 1980-2. He then qualified in 1982.
Chris joined Thomson Snell & Passmore as a Partner in September 2003.