Kristina Lukacova

Call: 2015

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Education

MA (Cambridge), BCL (Oxford), BPTC

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Introduction

Kristina has a broad commercial and chancery practice with a focus on commercial litigation and company and insolvency matters.

Kristina has a particular interest in private international law and is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues of jurisdiction. For example, Kristina has acted in a successful jurisdiction challenge by an EU-domiciled defendant to a claim by a Mayfair casino (Les Ambassadeurs Club Limited v Mr Vona [2019] I.L. Pr. 14) and a $4m contract claim before the DIFC-LCIA Tribunal, defeating a jurisdiction challenge and succeeding on a preliminary issue of contractual interpretation (as sole counsel).

The DIFC-LCIA arbitration is one of several matters in which Kristina has been instructed in Dubai. She has recently appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal in an interim application raising issues of jurisdiction (before Sir Anthony Evans, Sir John Chadwick and Sir David Steel) as sole counsel, and has advised in relation to a potential multi-million contract claim governed by DIFC law.

Kristina has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal, acting for the Secretary of State for Education, the successful respondent in a £1m claim for alleged training fees in UK Learning Academy Limited v Secretary of State for Education [2020] EWCA Civ 370 (led by Lesley Anderson QC and David Warner).

Her recent instructions also include a two-week trial of an unfair prejudice petition, Dinglis v Dinglis [2019] Bus. L.R. 3100 (led by Mark Hubbard) and acting for the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to Eurotunnel’s challenge of Brexit-related contracts for additional ferry capacity (assisting Philip Moser QC, Azeem Suterwalla and Ewan West).

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.

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  • Commercial litigation

    Kristina is regularly instructed in a wide range of commercial disputes before the English courts, both as sole counsel and as a member of a team. She has a particular interest in complex contract disputes, matters with an international element and issues of jurisdiction.

    She is also regularly instructed in international arbitrations in Dubai. Kristina has appeared before the DIFC-LCIA Tribunal, as well as the Dubai World Tribunal, and has advised in relation to a potential multi-million contract claim governed by DIFC law.

    Cases

    Kristina’s recent work includes:

    • UK Learning Academy Limited v Secretary of State for Education [2020] EWCA Civ 370: acting for the Secretary of State for Education, the successful respondent in the Court of Appeal (led by Lesley Anderson QC and David Warner), having successfully defended the Secretary of State in a three-week trial of a £1m claim for alleged training fees ([2018] EWHC 2915 (Comm), led by David Warner).
    • Les Ambassadeurs Club Limited v Mr Vona [2019] I.L. Pr. 14: a successful jurisdiction challenge in the High Court in a claim by a Mayfair casino against an EU-domiciled defendant (as sole counsel).
    • Hedley International Emirates Contracting LLC v Nakheel PJSC DWT-0013-2011: acting for Hedley in an interim application raising issues of jurisdiction before the Dubai World Tribunal (before Sir Anthony Evans, Sir John Chadwick and Sir David Steel, as sole counsel).
    • Confidential DIFC-LCIA arbitration: a claim for over $4m raising complex issues of contract interpretation, in which Kristina defeated a jurisdiction challenge and succeeded on a preliminary issue of contractual interpretation (as sole counsel).
  • Company

    Kristina is a contributor to Companies – Commentary, Articles (Volume 9(1) of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents).

    Cases

    Kristina’s recent instructions include:

    • Dinglis v Dinglis [2019] Bus. L.R. 3100: acting for the respondent in a two-week trial of an unfair prejudice petition (led by Mark Hubbard), where the court rejected the petitioner’s claim that the company was a quasi-partnership and ordered the petitioner’s shares to be purchased subject to a minority discount.
    • Various claims for restoration of companies to the register and for rectification of the register of members.
  • Insolvency

    Kristina is regularly instructed in:

    • winding-up petitions and related applications, including applications for validation orders and applications to rescind winding-up orders
    • bankruptcy petitions and related applications, including applications to annul bankruptcy orders
    • applications for administration orders 
  • Additional information

    Qualifications/Education

    • BPTC, University of Law (Outstanding)
    • BCL, Christ Church, Oxford (Distinction)
    • MA Law, Christ’s College, Cambridge (incl. year abroad at the University of Poitiers, France)

    Awards

    • Jardine Scholarship (Inner Temple)
    • Exhibition Award (Inner Temple)
    • De Hart Prize (Christ’s College, Cambridge)

    Memberships

    • COMBAR

    Languages

    • French
    • Slovak
    • Czech

    Public Access

    • Yes
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