Chris is a specialist commercial property lawyer and has more than 20 years of experience in the sector. He lead’s the firm’s commercial property team and his work spans all aspects of commercial property work including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, conditional contracts, options to purchase and secured lending.

Chris works closely with our corporate team dealing with the property elements of acquisitions, disposals and mergers.

He also plays an integral part in the firm’s well respected education team advising mainly FE Colleges, Academy Trusts and schools in connection with their property transactions and general estate advice.

For the past few years Chris has been recognised as an elite "Leading Lawyer" in The Legal 500 United Kingdom guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.


"Excellent understanding and awareness of client needs; excellent communication skills, very clear and responsive; pragmatic and able to help problem solve and advise upon options"

UK Legal 500 2020 - Commercial Property

Key facts

  • Qualified: January 2003
  • Joined Firm: May 2006
  • Partner: May 2012


  • LLB (Hons) Newcastle University (1994 - 1997)

Sector experience


  • Mountain biking, rugby (union), cars

Contact details

Chris Crystal

Direct dial +44 (0) 1482 337256

Mobile +44 (0) 7984 614845


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