Chris Thornes

Director & Solicitor


Chris joined Myton Law as a Director on 1 July 2016.

Chris qualified as a solicitor in September 2001. Chris spent a number of years in private practice in Hull and then in Leeds before moving to an in-house role and working his way up to Head of Commercial Law at DB Cargo UK, the UK’s leading rail freight operator and General Counsel for Schenker Limited.



Chris’ background is providing advice in relation to Commercial Property transactions ranging from small scale landlord and tenant transactions up to large scale property acquisition, disposal and redevelopment projects.

With over 10 years working in the Rail Freight industry Chris is an expert in the field of negotiating rail related legal documents including rail freight haulage contracts, procurement contracts (including rolling stock) and legal documentation related to major rail related projects.

Chris has spent the last 8 years providing general counsel support to Schenker Limited and is able to support and advise on a wide range of transport and legal issues including negotiation of various transport documents, contract logistics facilities and freight forwarding.

Chris is able to support on general commercial contract negotiations, standard terms and conditions, procurement terms and mergers and acquisitions.   

Chris’ experience is unique in that he can lead and negotiate the legal documents required in transactions that include both property and commercial elements  With 10 years of in-house experience Chris is able to provide commercially sound and pragmatic legal advice and support knowing both sides of the solicitor/client relationship.