Christopher Buckingham


Year of Call 2009



General Profile


Christopher joined Chambers in January 2013 having completed pupillage and spent the first years of practice at a leading common law set. Christopher read Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Lincoln College, Oxford. Subsequently, he obtained a distinction on the GDL and an LLM in Commercial Law from Wolfson College, Cambridge. Christopher accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular expertise in the law of restitution. He is a regular speaker at Chambers’ seminars and has published articles in several academic journals.

 

 

The Directories 

 

‘He has a good eye for detail.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

Recent work

 

Christopher recently spent three months seconded to Bell Gully, a large commercial law firm in New Zealand. The secondment was arranged as part of the Pegasus Scholarship Scheme, which is facilitated by the Inner Temple

 

For much of the last year Christopher has been instructed on a series of complex seven figure cases concerning the enforceability of certain short term, secured loan agreements; Christopher is being led by Zia Bhaloo QC

 

Pugh v Her Majesty’s Attorney General – Representative claim on behalf of the members of a working men’s club concerning title to freehold land, the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 and the Trustee Act 1925

 

Infologic Solutions Ltd (in liquidation) v Masiak – Acted on behalf of the liquidator in a misfeasance claim in respect of overdrawn directors’ loan accounts: settled at mediation

 

Appleyard v Thamilmaran and another – Trial for possession and sale of a property brought by a trustee against the bankrupt and his wife, the latter alleging the existence of a constructive trust

 

Instructed to advise on involved questions of English procedure in respect of a commercial claim issued in Australia with cross-jurisdictional issues

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Insolvency

Christopher is regularly instructed in relation to an array of applications arising out of corporate and personal insolvency, for example, misfeasance claims against directors, TUV claims and claims for the recovery of assets.

 

Commercial Chancery

Christopher's practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation,  construction of contracts, sale of goods, restitutionary claims, guarantees and disputes with an international dimension.

 

General Chancery and Company

Christopher is instructed regularly on traditional Chancery matters including wills, probate, trusts and family provision. He has a particular interest in the law relating to resulting and constructive trusts in both commercial and domestic contexts. Christopher accepts instructions in all aspects of company law.

 

Property

Christopher's practice covers a wide spectrum of property law, including conveyancing, mortgages, easements, restrictive covenants and proprietary estoppel. Christopher has a busy landlord and tenant practice; he is frequently instructed in complex possession claims relating to commercial and residential premises (private and social housing). Other areas of particular expertise include disputes involving service charges, disrepair, forfeiture, renewal of business tenancies, litigation arising in relation to tied pub leases and tenancy deposits.

 

Career, Education and Associations

 

Advanced International Advocacy Course (Keble, 2015)

Pegasus Scholarship (New Zealand, 2014)

LLM (Commercial Law), Wolfson College, Cambridge

BVC, Nottingham Law School

GDL, Oxford Brookes (Distinction)

MA Philosophy Politics and Economics, Lincoln College, Oxford

Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Tancred Studentship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Lord Haldane Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

Law Department Prize for Outstanding Performance on the GDL

Chancery Bar Association

Denning Society

Insolvency Lawyers’ Association

Lawyers' Christian Fellowship

Property Bar Association

 

Publications

 

“Subrogation, the Straightjacket of Unjust Enrichment and Legal Taxonomy” [2016] Conv. 219 (co-authored with Lucy Chambers)

 

“Overview: Company Law, Insolvency and Receivership” (2015) 6 UKSCY 355

 

"Intangible Property and Proprietary Restitution in the High Court" [2013] LMCLQ 296 (co-authored with Lucy Chambers)


"Trouble in Monte Carlo: Secret Commissions and Constructive Trusts" (2013) 27 TLI 102


"Draycott v Hannells Letting Ltd: the emasculation of the tenancy deposit scheme?" [2010] Conv. 261.