Chris Barker


[Chris is] "attentive and cool under fire."

Legal 500 UK 2016


Chris joined Birketts in 2000. He is a Partner in our Commercial Property Team.

Chris has a broad experience of complex property transactions including joint ventures, PPP and health sector projects. A large part of his work is development-related (whether acting for developers, funders or occupiers) in addition to advising other commercial clients such as lenders and investors. Chris regularly acts for clients in the public sector, including County Councils, PCTs and Education bodies.

Chris is based at our Ipswich office.

Other Information

Chris is a graduate of Cambridge University and before joining Birketts, worked for a City law firm (where he trained) and subsequently at a large international law firm. Prior to joining Birketts, Chris advised the London Residuary Body for many years and also regularly acted for several London Boroughs. 

Chris is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. This edition says Chris is "attentive and cool under fire." In earlier editions clients note that Chris "commands great respect for his high integrity" and he is recommended for his "in-depth legal knowledge [which] pushes the process along at all times." He is recognised for his "innovative and accurate" approach within the health sector and is recommended in the education section of the directory as one of a team of education specialists who "all provide good, readily understood advice."

Chris is recommended by Chambers [UK 2017]. He is particularly active assisting clients in the health and education sectors, and further offers a broad range of property experience.

In previous editions clients praise Chris' "solution-oriented approach." He is described as "exceptionally good, very creative, and very thorough. He is a very intelligent guy and able to look at all angles in complex transactions."

Recommended Lawyer Legal 500 2016