Luke Barden de Lacroix specialises in commercial dispute resolution and advises corporate and private clients across a range of contentious issues.  

Luke has substantial experience in civil fraud matters, contractual disputes, professional negligence, and shareholder and partnership disputes. A significant proportion of his work falls within the financial services sector and is of an international nature.

He regularly acts for clients in high-value English High Court litigation, regulatory investigations, mediations, and arbitrations (ICC and LCIA).

Luke is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and the Financial Services Lawyers Association. He jointly founded and is co-head of the firm's Pro Bono Programme.

Recent work

  • Acting for a senior Mozambican official in the "tuna bonds scandal" - a Commercial Court case concerning wide-ranging allegations of corruption and conspiracy, with an estimated value of over $3bn(US).
  • Acting on behalf of a West African country in an arbitration relating to a high-value tax dispute against an international oil company.
  • Acting for an Italian municipality in an interest rate swaps dispute with its former bank concerning loans with a notional value of over €200m.
  • Acting for a corporate property owner in an arbitration against a global hospitality company relating to the management of a prestigious UK hotel.
  • Acting for the respondent in an arbitration concerning the operation of a private hospital in Kuwait.
  • Acting for a FX company in a Commercial Court case against its former bank, concerning the bank's decision to terminate the banking relationship without notice.

Did you know

Luke can often be found in the East Stand of the Emirates Stadium, cheering on his beloved Arsenal.

London Bridge and The Shard at dusk.

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