Chris Hale

Chair Emeritus, Travers Smith LLP


Chris joined Travers Smith in 1983 and was made a partner in 1987. Chris was the firm’s Senior Partner between 2013 and 2019 having been Head of Corporate since 2003. He founded the firm’s Private Equity Group, one of the constituent parts of Corporate, in 1996. He is now Chair Emeritus at Travers Smith.

In his client work Chris has specialised in UK and international M&A and buy-out work. As Senior Partner Chris chaired the firm’s key strategic making body, the Partnership Board, was responsible for governance matters, played a leading role in all external matters of relevance to Travers Smith and took a special interest in diversity and inclusion. As Chair Emeritus Chris continues with a number of initiatives with which he was involved as Senior Partner.

Chris is undertaking an increasing variety of things outside Travers Smith. He lectures regularly to graduate classes at Cambridge, Oxford and Maastricht Universities and UCL on legal subjects, is a governor of a school, a trustee of a number of charities and has a couple of other business interests.