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Chris Hallam

Christopher Hallam


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 The Avenue
M3 3AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Chris specialises in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects and has advised on some of the most high profile projects to have been procured in the UK.

He has particular expertise advising on the construction and engineering aspects of complicated projects including in the PFI and PPP arena. Chris has extensive experience of construction procurement and support businesses with their strategy and contractual approach, to ensure that the best commercial model is adopted. He has extensive experience negotiating and drafting EPC/D&B contracts across various sectors and is fully cognisant of the requirements of the various stakeholders, in particular the project funders. His experience of working with the construction supply chain means he also understands the issues that will be of most concern to them – allowing time to be spent more efficiently and effectively on what really matters.

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"provides excellent, thorough, highly informed and timely advice"

Chambers, 2019

"provides excellent, thorough, highly informed and timely advice"

Legal 500, 2018

“The “knowledgeable” Chris Hallam is “singled out for praise for [his] broad understanding”

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • Greater Manchester Waste PFI – advising the SPV on the £5bn Greater Manchester waste management PFI project - Europe’s largest municipal waste management/energy from waste project. This deal comprised eight different waste and energy technologies across 48 facilities over 42 sites, debt funded by a club of eight lenders with prudential borrowing, significant EIB funding and the first project to use TIFU funding. Chris led on all the construction arrangements including drafting the EPC contract and related documentation, the interface arrangements between the EPC contractor and the operator, flowing finance agreement requirements into the construction arrangements and (unusually on a PFI arrangement) preparing and ‘feeding up’ construction drafting into the project agreement in order that the construction, commissioning and completion arrangements between the EPC Contract and the project agreement were seamless. Chris continues to advise on this project seven years after financial close.
  • Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station – advising Nuclear New Build Limited, the project developer, on the £16bn new station. Amongst other work streams, Chris led the teams dealing with the mechanical erection, electrical erection and HVAC packages and the highly complicated interface arrangements between these works.
  • Crossrail – advising various contractor clients on TfL’s £15bn Crossrail programme, including several of the tunnelling packages and the station boxes.
  • North Lanarkshire Schools PFI – advising Balfour Beatty on the project comprising the construction and maintenance of 24 brand new schools and community facilities on 17 sites. The project was also the first education PFI project in the UK to be financed by a public bond issue.
  • Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon – advising China Harbour on the £300m marine works package for the new tidal lagoon project at Swansea bay.
  • Enviroparks Hirwuan – advising Zeus Renewables on the development and construction of a new Energy from WEaste facility in South Wales.
  • Wembley Stadium – advising WNSL, the new stadium developer, on the demolition of the old stadium and construction of the new 90,000 seat national stadium at Wembley.
  • Hanhikivi new nuclear power station – advising the development manager in respect of the design and construction of a new nuclear power station at Pyhäjoki in Northern Finland.
  • Ipsen Pharma SA – advising Ipsen on the design and construction of various pharmaceutical laboratory/manufacturing/office facilities in the UK and overseas.
  • Heathrow Airport – advising the owner and operator of the fuel tank and hydrant system on various new developments and ongoing hydrant maintenance.
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  • 1996 – 1997 - PG Dip Legal Practice, Legal, Distinction - Nottingham Law School
  • 1993 – 1996 – Law (LL.B Hons), Legal, 2:1 – The Nottingham Trent University
  • 1990 – 1992 – St Thomas Aquinas College
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  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
  • Society of Construction Law
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  • Chris writes for a number of industry and national publications - including Construction News and Building Magazine
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Lectures list

  • Chris regularly gives/hosts presentations and conferences on construction law topics, in particular with regard to Building Information Modelling (BIM), Smart Cities, the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the use of technology in the construction industry. He is an occasional industry commentator/‘talking head’ on BBC Breakfast, BBC News and BBC Radio 5Live.
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22 February 2017
Fu­ture of en­ergy: the bal­ance of power
Trans­port for the North sets out £70bn vis­ion
Trans­port for the North (“TfN”) has un­veiled its fi­nal draft Stra­tegic Trans­port Plan (“STP”) and In­vest­ment Pro­gramme. The In­vest­ment Pro­gramme sets out an am­bi­tious vis­ion for “trans­form­a­tion­al, in­clus­ive growth” by in­vest­ing in trans­port in the North of.
Net con­tri­bu­tion clause giv­en wide ef­fect
The North­ern Ir­ish High Court has re­cently ap­plied a net con­tri­bu­tion clause in fa­vour of an ar­chi­tect who kept an em­ploy­er “in the dark” over cost sav­ing changes to a wa­ter proof­ing design. As a res­ult, the ar­chi­tect’s li­ab­il­ity for sub­sequent wa­ter in­gress.
NEC in­tro­duce Al­li­ance Con­tract
A new NEC4 Al­li­ance Con­tract was launched at the NEC Users’ Group An­nu­al Sem­in­ar on 20 June 2018. The con­tract, re­ferred to as the “ALC”, is an evol­u­tion of the prin­ciple of mu­tu­al trust and co-op­er­a­tion and the X12 part­ner­ing/multi-party col­lab­or­a­tion pro­vi­sions.
BIM Pro­tocol Mark 2: An in-depth look 
The Second Edi­tion of the CIC BIM Pro­tocol was pub­lished in April this year. A num­ber of sig­ni­fic­ant changes have been made in the new edi­tion, not least in re­la­tion to the se­cur­ity of BIM re­lated data in light of the re­cent PAS 1192-5 doc­u­ment de­voted to this.
NEC4 for the Pub­lic Sec­tor
Whilst it is not a re­quire­ment for parties pro­cur­ing a con­tract to use one which is a stand­ard form, of­ten they do. There are sev­er­al stand­ard form con­struc­tion and en­gin­eer­ing con­tracts to choose from and, with­in the UK pub­lic sec­tor, the New En­gin­eer­ing Con­tracts.