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Chris Woodthorpe

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Walker Morris LLP

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Real Estate




Chris specialises in regeneration and affordable housing advising a range of public sector contracting authorities, registered providers, bidders, consortia, developers and contractors on real estate aspects of such projects. Chris is experienced in dealing with complex phased developments, acquisitions and disposals of development and non development sites, stock transfers, profit share arrangements, contractual joint ventures and conveyancing and title issues.

Chris regularly leads our client teams dealing with title review and certification in relation to PPP projects and has led on the real estate dimensions of PFI’s and PPP’s in various sectors including waste, leisure and housing. Chris is responsible for managing the firm’s relationship with the Homes and Communities Agency.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

With 'quick responses, an in depth knowledge of the subject and good value for money' the energy, infrastructure and government practice at Walker Morris LLP 'understands the pressures of local government and reacts appropriately offering practical advice'. The 'very experienced and knowledgeableDavid Kilduff heads up the practice and has a wealth of experience across the sector. Recognised for his 'commercial approachChris Woodthorpe acted for the London Borough of Bexley Council on the redevelopment of Sidcup Manor as a hotel and advised on commercial risk, state aid and public procurement, as well as addressing public law issues. In another work highlight, Kilduff acted for the same client on a potential dispute with the Department of Education relating to the transfer of property in connection with conversion of a school to academy status. The 'personable, attentive and responsive' group also includes Ben Sheppard, who has expertise in delivering waste, energy from waste and anaerobic digestion projects. Sheppard was instructed by MVV Environment to advise on its £100m residual waste treatment project with Dundee City Council.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Walker Morris LLP ‘provides an excellent level of service across the board’ and ‘easily understands the intricacies of any deal it is involved in’. Department head Chris Woodthorpe is ‘one of the best people in the market’ and advises government departments, local authorities, developers and contractors; recent mandates include advising North Lincolnshire County Council on a city centre regeneration for social housing, assisting the Cabinet Office with the disposal and development of a mixed tenure scheme including affordable units and retirement living accommodation, and handling the acquisition of units at Stonebroom Alfreton for Rykneld Homes. Clients also single out housing management and litigation expert Karl Anders, who is assisting a social housing provider with changes derived from the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and associated Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016. Consultant Richard Auton is recommended for local housing company delivery structures.

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