Luka Krsljanin is an experienced commercial barrister. He is ranked in the Legal 500 across all three of his core practice areas: commercial litigation, civil fraud and sport.

He regularly acts in major commercial litigation and arbitration - often unled - with an array of recent cases valued in excess of £1 billion. He is especially well-regarded for disputes involving allegations of fraud or other serious wrongdoing.

He specialises in high-value commercial disputes (in litigation and arbitration) often taking place on the international scale, including offshore disputes. He acted in a series of cases arising from the 1MDB corruption scandal, spanning the English, US and Malaysian Courts. He is now acting in Jafar v Abraaj Holdings & Ors, a high-profile financial dispute in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands which relates to the collapse of the Abraaj Group, a private equity platform, which styled itself as a world-leader in ethical, impact investing, which was valued at US$13.6 billion.

As sole counsel, Luka is often instructed to act in urgent injunctive matters as well as the full range of interim hearings and trials. Recent highlights include CDW Ltd v Bird, a civil fraud claim, in which Luka single-handedly secured freezing injunctions, asset disclosure orders and orders for attendance at court to be cross-examined.

Luka is recognised as a leading junior in Legal 500 and Chambers UK . Recent comments include:

  • "Luka is a superb advocate. He is clear, precise, exceedingly persuasive, and has a command of the detail of even the most complex of cases"- Legal 500, 2024
  • "Luka is deadly during cross-examination" - Legal 500, 2024
  • "A real asset to have on your side" - Chambers UK, 2024

Some recent and ongoing highlights of Luka’s practice include:

  • Acting in Crescent Gas Corporation v NIOC, an enforcement claim arising from a multi-billion dollar arbitral award [2024].
  • Acting for Defendants to a claim concerning the creation and ownership of a leading cryptocurrency application [2024].
  • Acting for the successful Defendant in Deposit Guarantee Fund v. Bank Frick & Co. A.G. & Anor. [2022] EWHC 2221 (Ch), which succeeded in striking out a s.423 Insolvency Act 1986 claim brought by a Ukrainian liquidator.
  • Appearing in the Court of Appeal for a successful Respondent in Maranello Rosso v Lohomij BV & Ors [2022] EWCA Civ 1667, on the proper construction of a settlement agreement.
  • Advising on Financial Fair Play issues in top-flight football [ongoing].
  • Acting for the successful Defendant in Fulham FC v Jones [2022] EWHC 1108 (QB), a leading judgment on civil injury cases in the sports context.




Luka is a leading specialist commercial junior with considerable expertise of significant, heavyweight litigation including a number of cases valued in excess of £1 billion.

He is ranked as a leading junior in commercial litigation in the Legal 500 where he is described as:

"Extremely quick on his feet and easily grasps the issues in a case. He is also very likeable and client-friendly."

He is routinely instructed to act as Sole Counsel, having regularly appeared unled in High Court trials and interim applications since 2016. 


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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Luka is ranked as a leading Civil Fraud junior in the Legal 500:

"Luka is deadly during cross-examination. He is across all of the facts and adapts quickly to developments."

Luka is routinely instructed as Sole Counsel in urgent, injunctive matters, including without notice applications. Within the last year, he has acted in applications seeking or opposing:

  • Imaging Orders;
  • Doorstep Delivery-Up Orders;
  • Worldwide Freezing Orders;
  • Order for attendance at Court for cross-examination;
  • Passport surrender orders;
  • Norwich Pharmacal Orders.

As well as acting unled in such cases, Luka has considerable experience as part of large teams tackling major fraud claims, including a number of cases valued in excess of £1 billion.

Among other things, he has experience of dealing with cryptoasset disputes.


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He is ranked as a leading sports barrister in both of the leading directories. The Legal 500 says, "Luka is a superb advocate. He is clear, precise, exceedingly persuasive, has a command of his instructions and a close attention to the detail of even the most complex of cases" (Tier 2; Legal 500, 2024). Chambers UK describes him as "a well-regarded practitioner with notable expertise in sports matters, particularly appearing in high-profile football-related disputes" (Chambers & Partners, 2023).

He was nominated for the Sport Law Junior Barrister of the Year award in the Legal 500's Bar Awards (2022). 

Recent football clients include: FIFA, West Ham United FC, Chelsea FCTottenham Hotspur FC, Newcastle United FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Fulham FC, Watford FC, Sheffield United FC, Swansea City AFC and Rennes (Stade Rennais) FC.

He deals with the whole range of Sports cases: commercial disputes (including sponsorship and agency issues); regulatory matters; and personal injury claims.


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Luka has acted in a range of commercial disputes in different offshore jurisdictions, including the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Courts of Bermuda. Most of his experience arises in the civil fraud and enforcement contexts.

He is one of few English junior barristers recently to have been called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands (ad hoc, 2022). He recently acted in a major trial before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands - Jafar v Abraaj Holdings & ors - which ran from November 2023 to January 2024, in which he conducted cross-examination of witnesses and made closing submissions. He is well versed in dealing with issues under Cayman procedural law.


Restructuring & Insolvency

Luka is developing a specialist niche dealing with contentious insolvency disputes, often arising in connection with fraud claims. He has acted in one of the recent leading cases concerning s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and is often instructed to provide discrete advice and representation on s.423 claims.


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MA (Cantab) - ranked 3rd highest in his graduating year at Cambridge

BVC (Certificate of Honour)

Judicial Assistant  to Judge Christopher Vajda QC, the UK's Judge to the Court of Justice of the European Union (2014)


VAT registration number: 778770565

Barristers regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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