Chris Barker



Chris joined Birketts in 2000. He is a Partner in our Commercial Property Team. Chris qualified as a Solicitor in November 1982.

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 2019]. In previous editions, Chris is described as "attentive and cool under fire". Sources state that he "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], with clients praising his "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."

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2019