Chris Hutchinson

chris.hutchinson@legalstudio.co.uk

CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

I have spent all of my working life in construction experiencing life working for both construction firms and PQS companies. The experience gained in all forms of construction enables me to identify my client’s issues from the outset.
 
The greatest proportion of my working life was spent as a quantity surveyor ( a Yorkshire man with a commercial edge!) with companies such as Morrison Construction and Tarmac, but a desire for career progression led me to start a Law Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University and from that point I simply kept going. After a short break from study I read for the Bar at Manchester Metropolitan University and was called to the Bar in 2008. To complete this aspect of study I undertook the QLTT which led to my qualification as a Solicitor and admission to the Roll in 2010.
 
Having spent a lifetime in construction, this is naturally my specialism. Being dual qualified led me into a number of national construction claim consultancies before returning to work at a  traditional construction company as Group Legal Advisor with the Hewlett Group.
 
The introduction of statutory Adjudication as a source of alternative dispute resolution, gave contracting parties a short process for the resolution of their disputes. My experience of the adjudication process over the last 20 years has been extensive, acting for referring and responding parties in equal measure. I enjoy the challenge of helping my clients through what are often complex construction disputes, by whatever process is best suited to achieve their aims and goals.
 
To complement the contentious aspects of my work, I provide in-house training on a variety of topics and recently began lecturing at Leeds University on NEC4 and alternative dispute resolution.
 
Outside of work, as a bit of an adrenaline seeker, I like fast cars, motorbikes and flying. To help my son with his passion for trial bike riding, I recently began trial bike riding myself.

Specialist Areas of Interest

Construction