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"First-rate"Legal 500 2018
Christopher deals with a range of commercial disputes in the Business and Property Courts of London and other jurisdictions with a focus on financial services, business acquisition disputes, property, corporate and trust matters. He is recommended in the directories in commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He also has a particular interest in claims associated with the misuse of confidential commercial information, data, computers and information technology.
Christopher is listed in the directories as a leading practitioner in the field of professional negligence and commercial dispute resolution.
“He’s always on top of the facts and the law, and he’s an excellent technical lawyer for complex matters, whose also very commercial.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Christopher is recommended in the directories for commercial dispute resolution as a leading practitioner in this area. He has a particular interest in claims associated with the misuse of confidential commercial information, data, computers and information technology. He also is regularly instructed to provide advice and assistance in claims requiring urgent injunctive relief (including freezing and search orders). Often involved in claims with an international or multi-jurisdictional aspect, he regularly provides advice on jurisdictional disputes and issues of private international law. In addition, he is experienced in working with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions throughout Western and Central Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the USA and the Caribbean.
Examples of recent cases/instructions include:
- Liability of partnership for +£10m of loans advanced for property investment on assumption that signature of one partner was a forgery: Kotak v Kotak/RBS  EWHC 1821 (Ch).
- Misrepresentation and other claims in connection with management buy-out of print business: Trow v Durmast Group  EWHC 1485 (Ch).
- Claim against solicitor in connection with funds invested through off-shore corporate structures including issues of limitation: Barnett v Creggy Ch. 273 (CA).
- Advising on breach of warranty claims relating to accounts, insurance and third party claims arising in Share Purchase Agreement for £265m acquisition of international freight haulage firm.
- Appointed by the Chairman of the Bar Council of England & Wales to give an expert determination under a Share Purchase Agreement relating sale of manufacturer of London bus shelters.
- Successful defence of claims of fraud against directors in connection with shares acquired in mining exploration company listed on the Alternative Investment Market: Sears v Minco  EWHC 433 (Ch).
- Represented vendors on successful claim for deferred consideration (following expert determination) and successful defence of +£9m breach of warranty claim in respect of SPA for of motor industry business to Chinese purchases.
- Represented successful claimant in proceedings to recover compensation for misuse of a competitor’s database of customers. The first case in England in which the High Court had to consider compensation for infringement of an EU database right: Flogas Britain Ltd v Calor Gas (UK) Ltd  EWHC 3060 (Ch).
- Replacement of an off-shore corporate trustee of English investment trust established to fund management buy-out of leading UK insurer: Ackermann v Synergy Capital  EWHC 887 (Ch).
Listed in the directories as a leading practitioner 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. He also has particular expertise in dealing with claims against professional trustees.
Notable instructions/cases include the following:
- Claim against solicitor in connection with funds invested through off-shore corporate structures including issues of limitation: Barnett v Creggy  Ch. 273.
- Proceedings against professional trustees for £2m for alleged negligence in connection with investment of trust funds during ‘dot-com’ stock market bubble: Daniel v Stanley Tees  4 WLR 115.
- A €30m claim in Hungary under English law by property fund managers against valuers in connection with the acquisition, for investment purposes, of what was then Europe’s largest logistics centre.
- Acting for Sir Geoffrey Boycott in connection with a claim arising from his acquisition of a property in Sandbanks: Boycott v Perrins Guy Williams EWHC 2969.
- Claim against accountants for £3m relating to the failure to provide advice as to the possibility of a joint election under the Income & Corporation Taxes Act 1988 on a management buy-out of a company for £8m.
- Claim for +£2m in connection with the acquisition and attempted letting of restaurant premises in a Manchester retail park arising from failure by conveyancing solicitors to ensure adequate rights of access.
- Proceedings brought by the property development company of Alan Sugar, which were much publicised in the London property investment world, arising in connection with a £6.15m purchase of a prime commercial site in St. Pauls in the City of London.
Christopher Lundie’s Property Damage practice encompasses cases concerning floods, fires, explosions, land slips, subsidence and also the insurance aspects arising from such events. He enjoys complex technical, engineering and scientific issues in such claims and also the detailed financial analysis which is so often required.
He has a particular interest in environmental claims and has successfully represented clients in cases concerning contaminated land, noise and odour nuisance and claims arising under environmental protection legislation.
With many years’ experience in property law and landlord and tenant litigation Christopher is also able to provide specialist legal advice on some of the more complex legal issues which can encounter in Property Damage matters. He provided, by way of example, specific legal advice on the various claims arising in connection with the Buncefield litigation.