Chris Thompson

Senior Solicitor

Chris is a Senior Solicitor in the Construction and Engineering Team. He is primarily involved in advising clients on construction and engineering disputes, whether at the Pre-Action stage, in Court proceedings or through various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has a wide range of experience acting on claims brought against contractors, architects, surveyors, engineers and asbestos contractors.

Chris also has experience of advising clients on construction and engineering transactions, including advising on building contracts, professional appointments / service agreements, warranties and letters of reliance.

Examples of Chris’s previous work include:

  • Acting on behalf of an employer (a hotel) in the defence of an adjudication brought by its contractor following a dispute over the proper valuation of the contract works.
  • Acting on behalf of a cladding sub-contractor pursuing an unpaid fees claim against a main contractor and defending a subsequent counter-claim in excess of £1 million.
  • Acting on behalf of an architectural practice specialising in historic buildings defending a multi-million-pound claim against them by the owners of a Grade II Listed Building.
  • Acting on behalf of an asbestos survey and removal contractor in the defence of a £4 million claim against them by the owners of a residential development.
  • Acting on behalf of a structural engineer in the defence of a multi-million-pound claim arising out of the failure of poured concrete slabs across numerous buildings on a large business park.

Chris also has extensive experience of insurance matters, having worked for a number of years at an insurance litigation practice in the City of London. Chris has advised Lloyd’s Syndicate insurers, managing agents and insured professionals on insurance disputes and policy coverage. As the insurance market for the construction industry continues to be complex and difficult for construction professionals, Chris has increasingly used this experience to advise construction professionals on the contractual and other implications that changes to their insurance cover can result in.