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Birketts LLP

PROVIDENCE HOUSE, 141-145 PRINCES STREET, IPSWICH, IP1 1QJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01473 232300
Fax:
Fax 01473 230524
DX:
3206 IPSWICH
Email:
Web:
www.birketts.co.uk

Chris Schwer

Tel:
Work 01473 406274
Email:
Birketts LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property

Position

Partner

Career

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 and funders. He trained with Birketts between 1986 and 1988 and upon qualification he joined a city law firm. After a spell working in New Zealand, Chris re-joined the firm becoming a partner in June 2000.


East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The 'professional, competent and client-focused' practice at Birketts LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď very responsive and easy to deal with providing good advice from a reasoned viewpoint‚Äė. One client highlights 'excellent response times, good commercial acumen and service that is reasonable in terms of price'.¬†Mark Henry¬†in Ispwich leads the practice, which counts¬†Barclays Bank,¬†HSBC Bank and¬†Ipswich Building Society among its clients.¬†Banking partner¬†James Allen, property partner Chris Schwer, corporate partner¬†Greg Allan¬†are all key names in the practice. Senior associate Nick Burt¬†is 'always available, good to deal with and commercially very sound'. Another client notes that he¬†‚Äėimpresses with his knowledge, speed of response and practical approach to getting the deal completed'. Legal director Alex Schaafsma's strengths are her 'speed of response, articulation of the impact of proposed changes, and her open, pragmatic and commercial approach'. A highlight for the firm was its work for borrower Time Group GB in a ¬£42.2m loan transaction to finance acquisitions.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Ipswich

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Schwer - Birketts LLP

Within: Commercial property: Ipswich

Birketts LLP is 'excellent - it has superior technical knowledge and is very client-focused'. The firm's 'knowledgeable and accessible team is ideal for all areas of property advice and delivers a superb service and knowledge base'. The firm has a strong reputation in key areas such as strategic land work, development projects, property investment management, property finance and utilities. Chris Schwer leads the property practice and has extensive experience in acting for housebuilders and developers in joint ventures, collaboration arrangements and promotion agreements; 'he has a thorough and superb understanding of clients' business requirements'. Schwer acts for utility companies in major projects and in day-to-day legal matters. The firm has a deep bench of experienced lawyers including Chris Barker, whose expertise lies in complex strategic land and development projects, most notably for clients in the health and education sectors; Stuart Raven, who has specialist expertise in retail and restaurant developments and regularly handles the sale and purchase of large investment properties; and Oliver Crichton whose broad practice includes property finance and pension fund property investment work, in which he acts for some of the UK's largest self-invested personal pensions (SIPP) and numerous small self-administered schemes (SSAS). Among the senior associates, Julie Hoy who 'delivers exceptional work', advises landowners, developers and housing associations on residential and mixed-use schemes; Pam Dawson has particular expertise in the area of ports and logistics developments; Stacy Aspden is 'very good, proactive rather than reactive with excellent advice'; and Vicki Chilton acts for private developers, investor purchasers and business owners.

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