Christopher Pedder

Legal Director
  • Profile

Chris joined Birketts in April 2023. He is a Legal Director in our Construction and Engineering Team based in our Sevenoaks office.

After starting in the public sector, Chris then worked for a major global construction consultancy before joining a major global law firm where he worked for 16 years.  Chris now has over 25 years of experience of providing construction related advice to both the public and private sectors in terms of construction procurement routes, building and engineering contracts, professional appointments, development agreements, agreement for leases and security within construction procurement including bonds, guarantees, warranties and third-party rights. He also worked on a number of PFI projects in the health, housing and waste sectors where he managed legal completion for clients as well as providing construction advice. Whilst primarily a transactional lawyer he also advises clients on early dispute resolution and settlement agreements.

Chris is particularly known for his work with local authorities and registered providers in regeneration, investment and asset management projects. He has worked on many public-sector large-scale projects where he has advised on procurement of works programmes including frameworks, outsourcing through traditional or alternative delivery models and procuring long term contracts to maintain and improve housing stock. He has wide experience of advising on a variety of forms including traditional JCT and NEC contracts but also relationship contracting using PPC 2000, TAC-1 and FAC-1.

Recently Chris has assisted public sector clients who have received statutory notices from housing regulators and advised them on their construction procurement to improve internal processes and achieve better outcomes for both the client and tenants.

Chris also advises contractors and professional construction consultancies on liability issues under standard and bespoke forms and how best to mitigate these issues.

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