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Christopher Lundie

Call 1991

clundie@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

"Very efficient"

Legal 500 2016

Practice Overview

Christopher works primarily in international and domestic commercial litigation, using his specialist knowledge of complex corporate and trust structures and transactions and the financing of such transactions.

Christopher has substantial experience in cases concerning the protection of sensitive and confidential commercial information, and in obtaining urgent injunctive and search orders.

He has developed a related practice in the field of property litigation and has appeared in many significant cases concerning property law, including Stack v Dowden [2007] UKHL17 in the House of Lords – which has resulted in his developing a niche practice area in the law relating to co-habitees (he has represented many high-profile clients).

He has also been instructed to provide specialist input into some of the more complex matrimonial finance cases.

Christopher is listed in the directories as a leading Junior in the field of professional negligence.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Christopher is experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes concerning a variety of different industries, often with international or multi-jurisdictional issues.

He also is regularly instructed to provide advice and assistance in claims requiring urgent injunctive relief (including freezing and search orders).

Examples of instructions include substantial claims arising from the misappropriation of corporate confidential information, databases and corporate opportunities by directors and former employees, shareholder and partnership disputes, and business acquisition disputes, in addition to company law petitions (unfair prejudice petitions) and insolvency matters.

Particular fields include utilities (including competition law issues arising in that sector), financial services, shipping and leisure industries.

Commercial clients value Christopher’s ability to deal confidently and sensitively with high-profile cases, such that he is from time to time asked to deal with cases outside of his usual practice areas. Examples include acting for Cunard in what is now the leading Court of Appeal case on the assessment of damages in holiday claims (Cunard v Milner [2010] EWCA Civ 389) and acting for an Italian ferry company in a H&S prosecution over the death of one its seaman, in which there was the prospect of a fine of several million pounds.

Often involved in claims with an international or multi-jurisdictional aspect, Christopher regularly provides advice on jurisdictional disputes, issues of private international law, as well as European law. In addition, he is experienced in working with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions throughout Western and Central Europe, the Far East, the USA and the Caribbean.

Banking & Finance

Christopher is regularly instructed on behalf of leading institutional and private investors with a particular emphasis on secured lending. He also has significant experience of claims arising in the financial services sector and from the sale and disposal of businesses and companies.

In many cases he is instructed because of his specialist knowledge of trust and property-related issues in light of his experience in cases such as Stack v Dowden [2007] UKHL 17 (resulting and constructive trusts).

Professional Negligence

Listed in the directories (Legal 500 and Chambers UK) as a leading Junior in the field of professional negligence, Christopher has experience in dealing with claims against a variety of professionals including solicitors, surveyors, valuers, architects and accountants.

The majority of these claims arise from the acquisition of property (both investment and residential) and notable instructions include a €30m claim in Hungary under English law against valuers in connection with the acquisition for investment purposes of a logistics centre, and acting for Sir Geoffrey Boycott in connection with a claim arising from his acquisition of a property in Sandbanks: Boycott v Perrins Guy Williams [2011] EWHC 2969 (limitation).

In addition, Christopher is able to draw on his commercial experience to act in claims concerning the liability of professionals in connection with commercial transactions such as the purchase of companies or their assets, in the financial sector, on regulatory issues, and on the liability of professionals as trustees (express or constructive) or fiduciaries.

Sport

Chris has for many years advised and represented clients involved in commercial and property disputes in a broad range of sports (as participants, players, suppliers, sponsors and media) including yachting, rugby union, cricket and football. The claims upon which he has worked have ranged from basic contractual disputes through to the misuse of commercially sensitive information.

In addition Chris is experienced in dealing with the (often confidential) personal disputes which sporting personalities may face arising from specific financial interests. By way of example he recently represented Sir Geoffrey Boycott OBE in a trust claim arising from the business structure used during his cricketing and subsequent media career. Chris has considerable experience in dealing with such matters with a view to limiting any adverse publicity.

Chris is an RFU qualified referee, a Level 1 rugby union coach and is able to draw on his own personal experience of dealing with sponsors, suppliers, committees and regulatory bodies (and organizing tours) through his involvement in rugby union.

He is a qualified mediator and has a particular interest in the use of mediation, arbitration and other forms of ADR in sports disputes.

Employment

Chris’s focus is on commercial disputes in the employment context. He has considerable expertise in dealing with cases concerning the misuse by employees of trade secrets, confidential information and databases, team moves and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, including the search orders and other forms of urgent injunctive relief. In that connection he has considerable experience in obtaining and dealing with information obtained by forensic computer analysis. He successfully appeared in Beckett Investment Management v Hall [2007] EWCA Civ. 613, [2007] 1 ICR 1539, [2007] IRLR 793, one of the leading modern authorities on the enforcement of restrictive covenants and in Flogas Britain v Calor Gas [2013] EWHC 3030 (Ch), [2014] FSR 34 the English case concerning the enforcement of database rights.

In addition he has dealt with numerous claims in the High Court concerning wrongful dismissal, claims relating to bonuses, commission and pension entitlement, TUPE transfers and has vast experience in claim arising from breach of fiduciary and director’s duties in addition to partnership and shareholder disputes.