Chris Dunk


Year of Call 2014



General Profile


Chris joined the Leeds centre of Chambers in October 2017, and is developing a broad commercial and chancery practice. His experience includes general commercial disputes, company, partnership and insolvency law, trusts, probate and estates litigation, conflicts of law and jurisdiction, and property and real estate litigation. He accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ practice areas. Chris grew up in Leeds and Harrogate, before studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

 

Chris completed eleven months of his pupillage at a leading commercial chancery set, and the twelfth and final month of his pupillage seconded to Chambers’ Leeds centre where he was supervised by Hugo Groves. Chris also spent nine months working for a large firm of solicitors (trusts & succession disputes team) in both a contentious and non-contentious role, and dealt with personal and commercial clients on a regular basis.

 

Commercial and Chancery

 

Since completing pupillage in October 2017, Chris has:

 

  • Acted on a number of contractual disputes of various values
  • Advised on an agricultural contractual dispute
  • Represented a construction company in respect of enforcement of an adjudicator’s award
  • Successfully represented defendant directors of a company in respect of a claim brought against them by a supplier under a guarantee

 

During pupillage, Chris also:

 

  • Drafted an opinion concerning contractual interpretation, economic torts, and breaches of duty by administrators and administrative receivers in respect of a corporate structure holding a mine in Sierra Leone
  • Assisted his supervisor in preparing an appeal to the Supreme Court on a point of contractual interpretation

 

Company and Insolvency

 

Chris acted as junior to Hugh Jory QC during a two-week trial, representing a defendant director in respect of alleged breaches of fiduciary duty during the re-structuring of a group of companies: LRH Services Ltd (In Liquidation) v Raymond Arthur Trew and ors [2018] EWHC 600 (Ch).

 

Chris also assisted Hugh Jory QC and Hugo Groves on a successful three-day strike out/summary judgment application on behalf of defendant directors, in respect of claims against them for wrongful trading, transactions at an undervalue, preference and transactions defrauding creditors: Brian Johnson (as Liquidator of Strobe 2) v Christian Arden and ors [2018] EWHC 1624 (Ch)

 

Un-led, Chris has:

 

  • Regularly appeared in the Companies Court on behalf of petitioning and supporting creditors and company directors.
  • Represented petitioners and respondents in a variety of bankruptcy petitions
  • Acted on behalf of administrators and CVA supervisors
  • Advised on a share register rectification claim

 

Contentious Trusts and Probate

 

Since completing pupillage Chris has acted and advised on a range of matters, including:

 

  • Inheritance Act claims, including advising the representatives of a minor
  • The proper interpretation of a will drafted by the deceased
  • Representing an executor at a probate registry summons

 

During pupillage Chris gained experience of a wide range of domestic and international trust structures, will disputes and probate matters.

 

Property

 

Chris is developing a broad property practice, and in the last year has:

 

  • Acted on behalf of a commercial sub-tenant seeking relief from forfeiture
  • Represented a landowner in a dispute with a neighbour
  • Acted on behalf of landlords in a variety of possession claims
  • Appeared for trespassing protestors in a mining dispute
  • Advised on the extent of a right of way for a home and business
  • Appeared for a claimant seeking an order of sale in respect of a property held on trust

 

Career and Academic History

 

2017:               Tenancy at Enterprise Chambers

2016 – 17:       Pupillage, XXIV Old Buildings & Enterprise Chambers

2015 – 16:       Paralegal, Mishcon de Reya LLP (Trusts and Succession Disputes team)

2014 – 15:       LLM, Commercial Specialism (Distinction), London School of Economics

2013 – 14:       BPTC (Very Competent), University of Law, Bloomsbury

                        Kennedy Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

2012 – 13:       GDL (Distinction), University of Law, York

                        Lord Haldane Scholarship, Hardwicke Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

2009 – 12:       BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oriel College, Oxford

1997 – 2008:   Leeds Grammar School

 

 

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