Luka Krsljanin is a leading junior barrister with a wide-ranging commercial practice. 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: "Excellent both in court and on paper”, "Able to assimilate evidence quickly and offer a sophisticated analysis", “Excellent on his feet in cross-examinations”, "A confident and polished advocate" (Legal 500, 2021 and 2022; 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 (domestic and international), 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 context, and he has particular expertise in litigating football cases. He is ranked as a "Leading Junior" by the Legal 500 (2022), having recently been identified as a "rising star" in sports law, who will "go far in this field" (Legal 500, 2021).

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 including a number of cases valued in excess of £1 billion.

He is routinely instruct to act as Sole Counsel, having regularly appeared unled in High Court trials and interim applications since 2016. His experience includes a range of urgent, without notice applications.

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 recent years, 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. 

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Sport

In 2021, the Legal 500 identified Luka as one of four "rising stars" in Sports Law, saying that "with his clear deep knowledge and understanding of Sports Law, Luka will go far in this field". He has since been ranked as a Leading Junior; one of the most junior barristers in the central rankings for Sports Law.

Luka deals with disputes in a range of sports but "is particularly sought after for his expertise in football cases" (Legal 500, 2022) and is frequently instructed by leading football clubs.

Recent football clients include: West Ham United FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Newcastle United FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Fulham FC, Watford FC, Sheffield United FC, and Rennes (Stade Rennais) FC.

Luka 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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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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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

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:

  • Imaging Orders;
  • Doorstep Delivery-Up Orders;
  • Worldwide Freezing Orders;
  • Mandatory Injunctions;
  • 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.

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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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