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.

 

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Insolvency

Company and Commercial

Property

Wills, Trusts and Probate

 

 

Experience

 

During pupillage, Chris was instructed on the following matters:

 

  • Represented defendant directors of a company in a claim brought against them by a supplier under a guarantee.
  • Advised on the proper interpretation of a will drafted by the deceased.
  • Resisted an application to set aside a summary judgment.
  • Appeared in the companies court on various winding up petitions, both on behalf of petitioning creditors and defendant companies.

 

Otherwise during pupillage, Chris’ experience included:

 

  • Drafting an opinion regarding a power of appointment over a share in two will trusts, involving conflict of laws issues of domicile, legitimation of children, and national law.
  • Observing supervisors at mediations concerning various 1975 Act claims, and drafting a position statement and Tomlin order in advance of the mediations.
  • Drafting a defence to a claim for a declaration of title to a painting, a claim in conversion, and a claim in negligence.
  • Drafting an opinion concerning a challenge to a deed of assignment, and the requirements for rectification.
  • Drafting 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.
  • Drafting skeletons for the appellant and respondent in respect of his supervisor’s Supreme Court appeal on a point of contractual interpretation.
  • Drafting particulars of claim concerning a dispute between a commercial landlord and a bank, alleging breach of contract, intimidation and economic duress.
  • Drafting points of claim for a transaction at an undervalue and/or preference of creditors in respect of a group of English companies.
  • Drafting an opinion on the merits and quantum of a dispute predicated on several contracts between international companies and their UAE subsidiaries.
  • Drafting grounds of appeal and a skeleton argument in respect of an appeal regarding the enforcement of foreign judgments.

 

 

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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