Christopher Buckingham


Year of Call 2009



General Profile


Christopher joined Chambers in 2013 having spent the first years of his career at a leading common law set. Christopher read Philosophy, Politics and Economics 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. He is a regular speaker at Chambers’ seminars and has published articles in several academic journals. In 2014 Christopher spent three months seconded to Bell Gully, a commercial law firm in New Zealand, as part of the Pegasus Scholarship. Scheme. In 2018 he was appointed to join the Regional B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

 

 

The Directories 

 

‘He has a good eye for detail.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

Recent work

 

For several years Christopher has been instructed on a series of complex cases concerning the enforceability of certain short term and high value secured loan agreements. Examples include UK Acorn Finance Limited v Proserpina Limited and Amicus Finance PLC v Vincent and another (led by Ian Mayes QC)

 

Fletcher v Broadbent and others– £Multi-million High Court fraud case brought by a Trustee in Bankruptcy against directors and shareholders in a number of companies in the Skelwith Leisure Group. Led by Hugo Groves

 

Norris v Norris and another – High Court claim seeking to impugn the exercise of a discretion by trustees of a family trust

 

WD Bars Leeds Limited v South East Leisure Group Limited – High Court claim alleging breach of contract, conversion, breach of trust arising out of the eviction of the Claimant by the Defendant from commercial premises in Leeds

 

OneSubsea UK Limited v Persons Unknown – Urgent High Court claim for an injunction and possession order against squatters of a commercial site in Leeds

 

Advising a property developer in respect of the scope and effect of certain restrictive covenants

 

Advising on the construction of a common clause in a large number of long leases and the possibility of a restitutionary claim

 

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

 

Regional B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown

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

 

Contributor to the Rural Law Notebook

 

“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

 

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