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Chris is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years of experience of advising public and private companies on M&A, capital raising, corporate governance as well as general advice.
Clients have ranged from small private companies to large private groups; and, AIM listed companies to FTSE 100/250 entities.
Chris has a reputation for being client focused and very pragmatic.
In addition Chris has over 15 years of law firm management experience having held senior leadership positions in two major law firms before assuming his current roles at Irwin Mitchell.
"highly respected in the market" - Legal 500, 2014
“We welcome this report and are pleased with the on-going commitment that the government is making to the region in terms of developing skills and improving transportation links. Our own recent UK Powerhouse report highlighted the huge potential that the Midlands has to offer, but it also revealed the significant challenges that lie ahead.
“UK Powerhouse predicts that the Midlands region will grow rapidly over the next 10 years, but that it will continue to be outpaced by other regions in the South. It also found that by the end of this year, not one city in the region will be in the top 10 of the fastest growing places in the UK.
“We are strong supporters of devolution in the region and believe that if economic productivity is prioritised by the new mayor, a lot can be achieved in terms of unlocking regional growth.”
“Birmingham performed strongly in the three months following the referendum result but we expect the continually unfolding political events to impact on growth over the next 12 months.
“Challenges do however bring opportunities and it is encouraging to hear that the Midlands Engine is firmly on the Government’s agenda and the significant production gap between London and Birmingham is recognised by the Chancellor. The recent announcement of a £5m investment into the Midlands Rail Hub is a good start and will go a long way towards reducing congestion across the region and helping to boost productivity.”
“This is a great result and builds on our success of making the top 20 in 2015. Not only have we scored highly in the national table, we have improved our ranking in every region that we are based in and this is testament to the investment we have made and of course continue to make.
“Irwin Mitchell has advised some great clients on some great transactions in 2016 and as a team we should be extremely proud of our efforts, particularly in year where there was so much political and economic uncertainty. 2017 will be full of new challenges but this ranking highlights the strength in depth that we have and I believe this will be crucial as we look to build on future opportunities.”
"Once again we see a Chancellor targeting the wrong end of the housing market, and promising to spend a lot of money to little purpose.
The government set a target of building 1 million new homes over the five years of this Parliament. A present rate of construction, they will be at least 300,000 homes short of the target.
Even if this cash injection delivered an extra 140,000 homes, it would not bridge the shortfall from the target the government is already missing.
More likely, measures such as cash for homes etc. will simply further bid up the price of the existing inadequate supply, so much of Mr Hammond's funding will simply transfer money from the taxpayer to the house builders, with little additional housing to show for it.
Disappointingly, there was no mention at all of retirement housing. Mr Hammond could have had a far greater effect on supply of housing if he had incentivised the construction of retirement living and care homes. If just half of the elderly people who say they want to downsize their property were to do so, that would release 3,500,000 homes onto the market. That is something like five Parliaments' supply at current rates of construction.
The land take for such a construction program will be far less than needed for a comparable supply of ordinary housing and much of it could be on brownfield site instead of on the Greenfields that NIMBYs hold so dear."
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