Christopher Buckingham is a Chancery Commercial practitioner. His work covers a range of specialist practice areas including insolvency, property, probate and trusts. In recent years he has been instructed to advise and appear in an array of complex and high value cases (both led and as sole counsel) including claims brought by insolvency office-holders, directors’ disqualification applications and proceedings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He appeared unled for the successful Appellant in the seminal case on mandatory ADR Lomax v Lomax  EWCA Civ 1467;  1 WLR 6527.
After having read PPE at Lincoln College, Oxford, Christopher studied the GDL and then an LLM at Wolfson College, Cambridge. In 2014 he was 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.
He has been ranked in the legal directories for several years being described as “fabulously bright” and “an exceptional junior”.
Various case notes published on LexisPSL
Contributor to the Rural Law Notebook
“Subrogation, the Straightjacket of Unjust Enrichment and Legal Taxonomy”  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”  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?”  Conv. 261
Christopher has been instructed on a wide range of commercial and chancery disputes, which are often technical and high value in nature. Examples of recent work:
Traditional Chancery work is a significant part of Christopher’s practice. His experience includes Inheritance Act claims, probate disputes, applications brought under TLATA, and claims involving constructive and resulting trusts. Examples of recent work:
Christopher is regularly instructed on an assortment of applications arising out of corporate and personal insolvency. He work includes bankruptcy and winding up petitions (including those brought on grounds of public interest), applications brought by office-holders to set aside antecedent transactions, misfeasance claims and claims brought under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. Examples of recent work:
Litigation and advisory work in all aspects of property law have been a major part of Christopher’s practice for over a decade. He has wide experience of cases involving boundary disputes, conveyancing, easements, mortgages, options, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenants, trespassers and all aspects of commercial and residential landlord & tenant. Examples of recent work:
Re Javazzi Limited  EWHC 1239 (Ch);  2 BCLC 82: Represented the Secretary of State in obtaining a 7 year disqualification order against a director after a 4 day trial before HHJ Mithani QC. The case was bought on the basis of the director’s failure to keep adequate accounts.
Lomax v Lomax  EWCA Civ 1467;  1 WLR 6527: Seminal case on mandatory ADR, in which the Court of Appeal ruled that parties can be compelled to take part in Early Neutral Evaluation even if they do not consent. Christopher appeared (unled) for the successful Appellant.
Regional B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Appointed 2018 for five years)
Chancery Bar Association (committee member)
Court of Protection Practitioners Association
Ecclesiastical Law Society
“Christopher is an exceptional counsel with a keen eye for detail. He is especially thorough in his preparation and makes himself readily available to discuss matters in which he is instructed.” Legal 500 2024
“Christopher is an exceptional counsel with a keen eye for detail. He is especially thorough in his preparation, advice and representation and makes himself readily available to discuss matters, which is of great assistance to instructing solicitors.” Chambers and Partners 2024
“He is super-bright but is also very practical and good with clients. Christopher goes the extra mile and he will think up things that really add value.” Chambers & Partners 2023
“Christopher Buckingham is technically excellent and detail-orientated.” Chambers & Partners 2023
“Christopher is highly intelligent with an excellent grasp of the law. He is also approachable and clear in his advice.” Legal 500 2023
“Christopher is highly knowledgeable and good with clients.” Legal 500 2023
“He is very good at unpicking knotty problems and giving firm and reasoned advice.” Chambers & Partners 2022
“Christopher is an exceptionally thorough, hands-on and intelligent junior who leaves no stone unturned.” Chambers & Partners 2022
“He is extremely bright, very good with clients and gives good, pragmatic and commercial advice.” Chambers & Partners 2022
“He is fabulously bright: a careful strategist who is more than a match for opponents many years his senior. Superb on his feet and clear on papers.” Legal 500 2022
“He is extremely knowledgeable, well prepared, efficient and client-centric. His attention to detail is second to none.” Chambers & Partners 2021
“He is a leading counsel for the future and an exceptional junior.” Chambers & Partners 2021
“Without a shadow of doubt amongst the best of the best. You want him on your side.” Legal 500 2021
“Commercially minded, astute and concise.” Legal 500 2021
“A go-to-person for anything that’s relatively complicated; he is very clever and his attention to detail is fantastic.” Chambers & Partners 2020
“He is really thorough and the turnaround time is brilliant.” Chambers & Partners 2020
“Incredibly good at unpicking knotty problems.” Legal 50 2020
“Provides invaluable insight and immaculately detailed submissions.” Legal 500 2020
“A very bright and hardworking barrister.” Legal 500 2019
“Very hardworking and meticulous; judges like him.” Legal 500 2019
“He has a good eye for detail.” Legal 500 2018