Call: 2015    
Kristina Lukacova  

Practice Overview


Kristina has a broad commercial and chancery practice, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation and trusts and estates. Kristina has a particular interest in disputes with an international element and has experience of cases involving complex jurisdiction issues.

 

Kristina’s recent work includes:

 

  • a two-week trial of an unfair prejudice claim (led by Mark Hubbard): awaiting judgment

 

  • Eurotunnel v Secretary of State for Transport (now settled): Kristina assisted (as part of a team) the Secretary of State for Transport with his defence to Eurotunnel’s challenge of Brexit-related contracts for additional ferry capacity

 

  • UK Learning Academy Limited v The Secretary of State for Education [2018] EWHC 2915 (Comm): successfully defended (led by David Warner) the Secretary of State for Education in a three-week trial of a £1m claim for alleged training fees

 

  • Les Ambassadeurs Club Limited v Mr Vona [2018] EWHC 3149 (QB): a successful jurisdiction challenge in the High Court in a claim by a Mayfair casino against an EU-domiciled defendant (as sole counsel)

 

  • Defeating a jurisdiction challenge in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration claim for over $4m (as sole counsel)

 

  • Haynes v Andre [2018] 3 WLUK 234: an application to remove an executor and trustee

 

Kristina is a contributor to Companies – Commentary, Articles (Volume 9(1) of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents) and regularly writes for LexisPSL as a member of the panel of experts on Dispute Resolution.

 

  • Commercial Litigation
    • Kristina is regularly instructed in a wide range of commercial disputesbefore the English courts and arbitral tribunals. Kristina has a particular interest in disputes with an international element and complex issues of jurisdiction and choice of law.

       

      Kristina’s recent work includes:

       

      • a two-week trial of an unfair prejudice claim (led by Mark Hubbard): awaiting judgment

       

      • Eurotunnel v Secretary of State for Transport (now settled): Kristina assisted (as part of a team) the Secretary of State for Transport with his defence to Eurotunnel’s challenge of Brexit-related contracts for additional ferry capacity

       

      • UK Learning Academy Limited v The Secretary of State for Education [2018] EWHC 2915 (Comm): successfully defended (led by David Warner) the Secretary of State for Education in a three-week trial of a £1m claim for alleged training fees

       

      • Les Ambassadeurs Club Limited v Mr Vona [2018] EWHC 3149 (QB): a successful jurisdiction challenge in the High Court in a claim by a Mayfair casino against an EU-domiciled defendant (as sole counsel)

       

      • Defeating a jurisdiction challenge in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration claim for over $4m (as sole counsel)

       

      • Advice in respect of an arbitration claim for about £2m arising out of a franchise agreement

       

      Kristina is a contributor to Companies – Commentary, Articles (Volume 9(1) of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents), and regularly writes for LexisPSL as a member of the panel of experts on Dispute Resolution.

       

  • Trusts and Estates
    • Kristina has experience of co-ownership disputes and applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 based on constructive trusts and/or proprietary estoppel.

       

      Kristina’s recent instructions include an application to remove an executor and trustee (Haynes v Andre [2018] 3 WLUK 234).

       

  • Civil Fraud
    • Kristina’s recent work includes a successful application to set aside default judgment in a claim based on a personal guarantee, involving allegations of forgery.     

       

      During her pupillage, Kristina assisted with the following cases:

      • a fraudulent conspiracy claim made by London Borough of Brent against key former management and governors of Copland School in London
      • a High Court trial dealing with an alleged tainted gift made to the former spouse of a convicted fraudster
      • a will forgery case involving modern forensic techniques for detecting document fabrication

       

  • Insolvency
    • Kristina regularly appears for petitioning creditors and debtors in winding-up petitions. Kristina also has experience of applications to restrain presentation or advertisement of winding-up petitions, applications for validation orders and applications to rescind winding-up orders.

       

      As to personal insolvency, Kristina has experience of applications to set aside statutory demands and regularly appears for creditors and debtors in bankruptcy petitions.

       

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