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Chris Harte

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Chris became Chief Executive of the firm at the beginning of 2013 and has responsibility for driving the firm's strategic growth.  

He has also been a partner in our Commercial Real Estate Team since 1999, advising clients on a wide range of real estate projects with particular expertise in the hotel, licensed and leisure sectors. He also has a broad range of experience acting for owners, occupiers and developers on development projects.

Chris is also a Council Member of CBI Scotland.  

Business expertise

Chris is particularly active in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and regularly oversees the sale and acquisition of substantial property portfolios. 

Chris also has wide experience in hotel development work and has advised developers on management agreements with a number of leading hotel brands. According to Chambers, "Morton Fraser's fantastic reputation in this field is widely attributed to his superb knowledge of the hotel and leisure industries". 

Commercial Real Estate expertise

Chris has a broad range of experience which includes: acting for large organisations in managing their property portfolios; sale and leasebacks; major investment deals; and acting for owners, occupiers and developers on development projects, including pre-lets of property being developed for end occupiers.

 Chris also has wide experience in hotel development work and has advised developers on hotel management agreements with a number of leading hotel brands.

Public Sector expertise

Chris has extensive experience in acting for public sector bodies on large scale property development projects and through that also has specific expertise in advising on the public procurement aspects of property projects,

Chris is also well versed on the potential impact of state aid issues on property projects involving the public sector.

What our clients and peers say: 

"He impresses with the quality of his advice, with one client remarking: 'He is very agile-minded but also pragmatic, straightforward and clear. He is very able at taking on board a broad range of issues in what can be complicated scenarios.” 

Chambers & Partners

"very practical and commercially oriented"

Legal 500

Chris is noted as an Eminent Practitioner by Chambers and Partners. "Fantastic lawyer" Chris Harte continues to serve as chief executive of the firm. Sources describe him as a "highly dynamic leader" who "does a very good job in his role." Other sources describe him as a "knowledgeable. straightforward and sensible lawyer" who is "good with clients."

- Chambers and Partners 2019

Recent Content by Chris Harte

24 Oct 2019

Morton Fraser’s Public Sector Team Wins Ministry of Defence Reappointment

Morton Fraser, a growing Scottish independent law firm, has been reappointed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide legal services in Scotland. 
Press Release
Chris Harte
25 Sep 2019

Protecting our domestic trade corridors: why borders within borders matter

By the end of the 1600s, well established drovers’ roads ran from the Highlands down into Northern England, helping traders mostly to sell cattle....
News story
Chris Harte
3 Sep 2019

Why Law Firms Have to Embrace Clarity

Every day, new and emerging challenges are facing businesses across Scotland. Maintaining momentum for growth remains top of the agenda. Ongoing...
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Chris Harte