Luka Krsljanin is a leading junior barrister with a wide-ranging commercial practice. He has considerable expertise of significant, heavyweight civil and commercial litigation. He is highly rated by both of the leading directories, where he is praised both for his work as sole counsel and as part of a counsel team: "He is excellent both in court and on paper”, "Incredible attention to detail", “Excellent on his feet in cross-examinations”, "A confident and polished advocate" (Legal 500, 2021; Chambers & Partners, 2021)

Luka frequently acts in cases with a cross-border element, often engaging complex questions of foreign law and is highly rated for his expertise in private international law disputes.

He also specialises in tackling disclosure disputes in complex commercial litigation, having appeared in a number of the leading authorities on legal professional privilege and related disclosure issues in recent years.

Much of his work arises in the sports commercial context, and he has particular expertise in litigating football cases. He is counsel of choice for West Ham United FC and his recent work includes representing Fulham FC, Newcastle United FC, Watford FC, Stade Rennais FC and Sheffield United Ltd. The Legal 500 (2021) identifies him as a "rising star" in sports law, who will "go far in this field".

He regularly appears as sole counsel in the Business & Property Courts - especially in urgent injunctive matters - and has considerable experience appearing before the Court of Appeal, Privy Council, Supreme Court, and the Bermudian Court of Appeal.

"He has a wonderful bedside manner that is totally reassuring to clients" (Legal 500, 2021)

"A clear deep knowledge and understanding of sports law." (Legal 500, 2021)

"Really sharp and has incredible attention to detail. He goes above and beyond for his clients(Chambers UK, 2021)


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Commercial

Luka is a leading specialist commercial junior with considerable expertise of significant, heavyweight civil and commercial litigation. He frequently acts in cases with a cross-border element, often engaging complex questions of foreign law and is highly rated for his expertise in private international law disputes.

Both led and as sole counsel, Luka regularly advises and acts in cases concerning all manners of commercial disputes, including in the Joint Venture, Partnership and Agency contexts. 

Luka has particular expertise in tackling disclosure disputes in complex commercial litigation. He has appeared in a number of the leading authorities on legal professional privilege and related disclosure issues in the past year, in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He is regularly instructed to lead on the issue of disclosure, and has gained praise from instructing solicitors for taking a hands-on approach to challenging discloses exercises. He has lectured and appeared at panel events on the Disclosure Pilot in the Business & Property Courts.

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Sport

Luka deals with disputes in a range of sports but has a particular reputation for his ability to litigate football cases. He is junior counsel of choice for West Ham United Football Club and has represented them in a series of disputes, including in their high-profile dispute with the owners of the former Olympic Stadium; a claim valued at over £100 million. 

In addition to his comprehensive commercial experience, Luka also deals with Sports cases involving injury and regulatory matters, and therefore is well-versed in cross-examining experts on complex scientific and medical issues in a sporting context.

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Professional Negligence

Luka frequently acts in professional negligence matters which closely relate to his commercial practice: he has particular experience of dealing with solicitors’ negligence cases as well as in complex technology and construction matters.

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Achievements

Education

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

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