Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler

Partner London, United Kingdom

Christopher qualified in England and Wales in 2009 and joined Kennedys as a Partner in our London office in 2016.

Christopher is a construction specialist with particular expertise in defending construction and engineering professionals in high value multi-party disputes. This includes acting for architects, contractors, engineers, monitoring surveyors, property managers, surveyors/valuers, subcontractors and consultants.

He is experienced in court proceedings and procedure, as well as alternative dispute resolution, including adjudication and mediation.

In addition to his international defence work, Christopher also regularly provides coverage advice to insurer clients. He has also undertaken a secondment at a leading London insurer.

Christopher is currently acting in an impressive number of high profile multi-party disputes relating to cladding and building regulation compliance following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower. He is also defending a number of international fit out contractors in respect of the renovation and refurbishment of signature central London properties. He is acting for tunnelling contractors in respect of alleged design issues with a high profile vehicular tunnelling project. Christopher also regularly defends claims against geotechnical consultants in relation to land condition surveys, and architects in respect of claims relating to alleged negligent design.

In terms of coverage, he regularly advises professional indemnity insurers in respect of issues relating to aggregation, fraud/dishonesty, late notification and block notifications.

Whether defending claims, or advising on coverage issues, Christopher adopts a pragmatic commercial approach tailored to the clients’ needs.

He is a member of the Society of Construction Lawyers and the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualifications

  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2009

Chris is fantastic. 

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Next Generation Partner and Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading global property and construction consultancy in relation to allegations of negligence regarding its performance and delivery in respect of a private finance initiative project.
  • Acted for a major engineering and environmental consultancy and its insurers in respect of allegations of negligence regarding groundwork investigations at a large development site. Sum claimed c.£14 million.
  • Acted for various contractors, subcontractors, consultants and architects in relation to cladding-related issues and compliance with building regulations.
  • Advised an international property company in respect of allegations of fraud relating to one of its employees. The alleged fraud exceeded £18 million and proceedings were issued against multiple parties.
  • Defended an international fit out contractor in respect of the renovation of a number of landmark properties in central London.
  • Acted for a tunnelling specialist in respect of allegations of defective design and installation at a major UK vehicular tunnel. Sum claimed c.£20 million.
Market recognition
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    Next Generation Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017