Mr Christopher Buckingham > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
55 TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5LS
England

Work Department

St Philips Business & Property

Position

Christopher 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.

Recent reported cases include:

Re Javazzi Limited [2021] EWHC 1239 (Ch); [2021] 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 [2019] EWCA Civ 1467; [2019] 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.

 

Career

Called to the Bar in 2009, Lincoln’s Inn.

Regional B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Appointed 2018 for five years)

 

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association (committee member)

Court of Protection Practitioners Association

Denning Society

Ecclesiastical Law Society

Education

LLM (Commercial Law), Wolfson College, Cambridge
BVC, Nottingham Law School
GDL, Oxford Brookes (Distinction)
MA Philosophy Politics and Economics, Lincoln College, Oxford
Pegasus Scholarship (New Zealand, 2014)
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

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher BuckinghamSt Philips Chambers ‘Christopher is highly intelligent with an excellent grasp of the law. He is also approachable and clear in his advice.’ 

St Philips Chambers’ business and property team continues to handle some of the most complex, varied, and high-profile cases for a broad client base. ‘Hard-working silk’ John Randall KC is handling a land registry rights issue for the residents of the Britannia development on Grand Cayman. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ John Brennan recently acted on behalf of a householder on a dispute over rights of way, rights of drainage and boundary, against a neighbouring property development site. Anthony Verduyn is known for his ‘incredible knowledge and commercial approach’ and recently represented multiple companies in an action for wrongful forfeiture of a lease. In January 2022 Christopher Buckingham joined the team from Enterprise Chambers.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Christopher BuckinghamSt Philips Chambers ‘Christopher is highly knowledgeable and good with clients.’