Chris Schwer > Birketts LLP > Ipswich, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP
Providence House
141-145 Princes Street

Work Department

Commercial Property




Chris joined Birketts in 2000. He is a Partner and Head of our Property Division.

Chris specialises in all aspects of commercial property matters and acts for many of the region’s leading investors, developers, landlords, tenants, funders and charities. He trained with Birketts between 1986 and 1988 and upon qualification he joined a City law firm. After a spell living and working in New Zealand, Chris re-joined the firm becoming a partner in June 2000.

Chris is based in our Ipswich office but manages teams in all the firm’s offices. He became Head of the firm’s Property Division in 2005. He is also a member of the firm’s Partnership Board.

Chris has considerable experience of investment and development work, as well as real estate finance. However, in more recent years his main focus has been on strategic land and joint venture type collaborations and arrangements.

As Head of the firm’s Property Division, Chris has extensive management and leadership responsibilities. He is Client Relationship Manager for many of the firm’s largest clients and is often consulted on strategic, structural and other issues over and above pure transactional property matters.

With overall responsibility for service levels across the division, Chris oversees all professional appointments and ensures that all teams within the division carry sufficient resource at all times. He is also responsible for talent management within the division and takes pride in mentoring and assisting colleagues to optimise the career opportunities available to them at Birketts.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia

(Hall of Fame)

Chris SchwerBirketts LLP

The ‘reliable‘ team at Birketts LLP works out of the Ipswich office. Chris Schwer co-heads the practice, frequently acting for housebuilders and developers, and co-head Stephen Sumpton advises investors, developers and major corporate occupiers. Oliver Crichton stands out for his expertise in freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant matters. Stuart Raven is a key adviser to corporate, investor, owner, occupier and developer clients. Real estate investment specialist Paul Squire recently assisted Hopkins Homes Limited with the multimillion-pound acquisition of a 16-acre site at Beaulieu Park. Vicki Chilton and Keith Andrews act for both local and national clients.  Amanda Timcke, plays a central role in handling public and private sector matters concerning commercial development.