Atkin Chambers has been recognised as a Tier 1 set for construction by the new The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 (UK […]
12th Apr 2023
Christopher Reid 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 is listed as a Leading Junior by The Legal 500 (UK Bar 2023).
Christopher has substantial arbitration experience of disputes arising in both the Middle East and the Far East. Recent examples in the Middle East include being led in a circa SAR 1.2 billion Saudi law dispute, seated in Cairo, concerning the construction of a major international airport in Saudi Arabia; and an AED 1.6 billion dispute, seated in Abu Dhabi, over the Employer’s right to deduct liquidated damages from a contractor for delay in the construction of a luxury retail development. Recent examples in the Far East include 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.
Recent examples of Christopher’s work in litigation include acting (with Jonathan Acton Davis KC of Atkin Chambers and George Hayman KC 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 also acted (with Fiona Parkin KC and Rónán Hanna of Atkin Chambers) for a major global design consultancy on a number of disputes before the Technology and Construction Court in the BDW Trading litigation concerning the scope of a design consultant’s duty of care in tort.
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.
hristopher is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator. Recent cases include:
The majority of Christopher’s work is in arbitration and is therefore confidential. However, notable cases before English, and other, courts have included:
BDW Trading Ltd v URS Corporation Ltd & Anor  EWHC 2796 (TCC)
Namalco Construction Services Limited v Estate Management & Business Development Company Limited CV2016-01522 (High Court of Trinidad and Tobago)
The Leicester Bakery (Holdings) Ltd v Ridge and Partners LLP  EWHC 2430 (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.
“Christopher is very hardworking. When this is combined with the fact that he is very intelligent, has good judgment, and is very personable, it makes for a winning combination.’
Construction, The Legal 500 2023
“Christopher is very hard working, and thorough in his approach and at the same time very efficient. Very good in cross-examination.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2022
“Definitely a junior to watch at the construction Bar.”
Construction, The Legal 500 2021