Christopher Reid acted successfully for the defendant, Ridge and Partners LLP (“Ridge”), in an application to strike out, or for […]
11th Nov 2020
Christopher undertakes a broad range of commercial work both domestically and internationally, and in both litigation and arbitration. In line with Chambers’ profile, he has a particular expertise in the areas of energy, construction, and engineering. Christopher frequently acts as junior counsel as part of large teams in high-value disputes, which are often factually, legally, and technically complex. In addition, he regularly acts as sole counsel representing and advising a range of clients in these fields, as well as in general commercial and professional liability disputes. Christopher has been a contributing editor to the 13th and 14th editions of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts and was listed as a ‘Rising Star’ by the Legal 500 2021.
Recent examples of Christopher’s work in arbitration include being led in a circa 1 billion AED dispute, seated in Paris, over the alleged breach of a sub-developer’s obligations in respect of a large mixed-use project in the Middle East; and being led on behalf of a major Korean contractor in a dispute, seated in Seoul, concerning defects in the manufacture and supply of components for a large power generation and water desalination plant under the ICC Rules. Christopher is also presently instructed on a >$1 billion USD ad hoc arbitration concerning a major international airport in the Middle East.
Recent examples of Christopher’s work in litigation include acting (with Jonathan Acton Davis QC of Atkin Chambers and George Hayman QC of Maitland Chambers) for the state-owned defendant in multi-party litigation in the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago concerning four large-scale road construction projects under the FIDIC form of contract. He is also instructed (with Fiona Parkin QC and Rónán Hanna of Atkin Chambers) by a major global design consultancy on a number of disputes presently before the Technology and Construction Court.
Christopher also has a busy advisory practice and has experience of providing advice on the full spectrum of issues which arise during the life of large international projects, most recently for the employer of a hydrocracker plant project in the Middle East.
In addition to the specific examples above, Christopher has experience of advising on claims raising issues under PFI contracts generally. Recent work has included acting for a joint venture contractor with respect to potential claims arising out of construction obligations for a number of schools and drafting Particulars of Claim for an injunction restraining the employer from terminating a project agreement further to a PFI initiative.
Christopher is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator. Recent cases include:
Much of Christopher’s work is in arbitration and is therefore confidential. However, notable cases before the English courts have included:
The Leicester Bakery (Holdings) Ltd v Ridge and Partners LLP (Rev 1)  EWHC 2430 (TCC)
Anchor 2020 Limited v Midas Construction Limited  EWHC 435 (TCC)
Contributing editor Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts (14th ed., 2020 and 13th ed., 2015).
2013 Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Inner Temple)
2012-2013 Peter Taylor Scholarship (Inner Temple)
2011 Distinction, Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), St Hugh’s College, Oxford
2010-2011 AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentship for the BCL
2010 First Class Honours, Bachelor of Law (LL.B), University College, London
Andrews Medal (Top First Overall), University College, London and Andrews Prizes (Top First in Year, 2008 and 2009)
2010 Jolowicz Prize for Roman Law
2010 Dean’s List
2010 Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize
2009 Hurst Prize for English Law
2009 Bentham Prize for Jurisprudence
2008 Webber Prize
2008 Simon Wallace Memorial Prize for Contract Law
2005-2006 Various Prizes in Classics and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology
2012 Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden DBE
2011-2012 College Lecturer, Keble College, Oxford
2011-2012 Teaching Fellow, University College, London and King’s College, London
Christopher is a member of the Society of Construction Law and TECBAR. In addition, he is an active volunteer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
“Definitely a junior to watch at the construction Bar.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021