Luke is a senior associate and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts, Civil Proceedings) in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London. He is a member of the department's practice groups for trusts disputes and wealth controversy; regulatory, public and media law; and commercial litigation. Luke has completed secondments with clients such as the BBC Trust.
Luke advises clients across a range of sectors on complex and high-value litigation in the UK and overseas, pre-action strategy, settlement negotiations and crisis management issues associated with potential claims. Luke's areas of focus include private-client wealth disputes and a range of public- and administrative-law issues.
Representative Legal Matters
Acting for a major banking institution in relation to a USD 2 billion claim arising out of a substantial land development in Dubai, which was heard over 8 weeks in the Commercial Court in late 2016.
Representing a major banking institution on proceedings in several jurisdictions to enforce a USD 500 million judgment debt
Acting for a leading IT services company on a criminal investigation in Iran and parallel civil proceedings in England.
Regulatory, public and media law
Advising the BBC Trust on a wide range of public-law and editorial matters, including the handling of key editorial appeals according to the BBC's internal complaints procedures, election coverage complaints and regulatory implications of strategic matters.
Advising a social networking service on potential defamation claims and reputation management issues in relation to content posted online.
Advising a ultra-high-net-worth individual on a long-running, multi-billion-dollar, family trusts dispute, seeking to set aside Bermudian purpose trusts in order to return assets to the family heirs and pursuing related claims in a number of other jurisdictions.
Advising a beneficiary of a trust in Jersey on potential third-party claims to the trust assets and related reputational management issues.
Advising a major offshore trust company on a potential claim for breach of trust arising from an allegation of negligence by a beneficiary.
Representing a bank on a tracing claim over assets held in a Jersey trust.
Advising a successful businessman on proceedings to enforce an English arbitral award against trust assets in Liechtenstein and Monaco.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of England & Wales
- Association of Contentious Trusts & Probate Specialists
- Contentious Trusts Association
- Coas, a pro bono scheme providing advocacy services to litigants in person in the Court of Appeal
Attends a pro-bono legal advice centre in London and advises on property, commercial and other matters.
Advising a human rights charity on a pro bono basis regarding assistance with a constitutional challenge against legislation in a major African jurisdiction.
Regularly attending a drop-in legal advice clinic for residents of Tower Hamlets, advising primarily on contractual matters, debt collection and landlord/tenant disputes.
Participation in the Court of Appeal's pro bono advocacy scheme, representing litigants in person in applications for permission to appeal, regarding both written submissions and oral hearings.
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2013)
- University of Cambridge (LL.M.) (2010)
- University of Cambridge (M.A. Hons. (Law)) (2009)
Co-author (with J. Brightwell), "Mezhprom v Pugachev: bold new approach or illusory development?," Trusts & Trustees, London, May 2018
Firm Committee Memberships
- Baker McKenzie's LGBT network – Steering committee member