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

Commercial property lawyers in the Ipswich office of Birketts LLP are ‘willing to go that extra mile and explain legislation to us numerous times‘. Whether in strategic land matters, portfolio management, commercial and residential development, or transactions for utilities, the firm has one of the deepest practices in the region. Chris Schwer, who has particular expertise acting for housebuilders and developers advising on collaboration arrangements, joint ventures, options and promotion agreements. and Stephen Sumpton, who acts for investors, developers and major corporate occupiers, lead the practice. The ‘cool calm and collectedOliver Crichton handles a leading property pension’s lawyer, while Stuart Raven frequently deals with the sale and purchase of large investment properties, high-value leases and commercial development projects. Up-and-coming partner Vicki Chilton, legal director Julie Hoy and senior associate Amanda Timcke also play key roles in the practice.