Chris Morris

Chris Morris helps clients achieve their objectives, delivering results focused legal advice to public sector bodies, developers, investors and major corporate clients.

He draws on his 15 years of legal experience acting regularly for parties on both sides of the negotiating fence to make him perfectly placed to quickly focus on what will be most important to his clients and pragmatically to deliver the right end results.

Chris deals with real estate development, leasehold and management matters within the private and public sectors, including the development of retail/residential mixed use schemes, town/city centre regeneration projects and acquisition and disposal of investment and occupier properties.

In the data centre market he acts for investors and operators in the acquisition of new data centres and for data centre operators and customers in the grant and renewal of customer contracts.

In working with Chris, you will be engaging a lawyer who will serve your interests with dedication, applying his experience of operating in the real estate and data centre sectors.

Highlights

Chris's recent highlights include:

  • Leading on an Umberslade/ Muse Developments joint venture in the development of the first two phases of an award winning mixed use development in Bristol, comprising of 450 private and affordable homes and including three disposals of long leases to housing associations, letting of the commercial/restaurant units and development and letting of 35 cargo container retail units on the Estate.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Barnet in the land assembly required for the Thameslink and part of the Brent Cross South elements of the £4.5 billion Brent Cross development. Chris led on this land assembly against backdrop of a CPO, including the acquisition of land from Network Rail, the delivery of a new Freight Facility and the land transfers, leases, notices and easements required for delivery of the new Brent Cross West station.
  • Advising a development company on the delivery of new film studios. This includes the land assembly required for the circa 22 acre site which will include sound stages, a major events centre, VR and 3D attractions and retail and dining outlets. Chris acts on the land assembly and the negotiations with the film studio operator.
  • Leading on the disposal of four mixed use investment properties for a US based investment fund.
  • Leading a team of lawyers acting for Pearson Plc on the acquisition, disposal, renewal of over 100 leasehold properties across its portfolio in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Germany.
  • Acting for customers taking space and power within multi-occupied data centres, including recent transactions at data centres in Dublin, North Acton, Woking and Watford. Also, advising data centre operators on a new site acquisition and lettings and assignments of customer contracts.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP
  • 2007

    • Career
       2007
      Wragge & Co LLP
  • 2005

    • Career
       2005
      Rubric Legal
  • 2003

    • Career
       2003
      Hammonds (now Squire Patton Boggs)
  • 2001

    • Education
       2001
      University of Law
  • 1998

    • Education
       1998
      The University of Leeds