Christopher Boyne is a partner based in the London office, where he works in the Litigation Department. He specialises in complex litigation and has wide-ranging commercial litigation experience across a wide variety of industries and geographies including financial institutions and multinational corporations.

He has represented clients on a variety of high-profile litigation matters including large-scale corporate disputes, shareholder/joint venture disputes, civil fraud claims and court applications relating to arbitral proceedings. He has extensive experience of applications to challenge the jurisdiction of the English Courts as well and advising on interim and protective measures in both English and foreign courts. This experience includes successfully obtaining and defending billion-dollar freezing injunctions. He has also advised on a wide range of banking and financial services disputes, including in respect of some of the most significant cases arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Boyne is ranked as a Next Generation Partner for Commercial Litigation in The Legal 500 UK (2020) which describes him as “someone with the ability to take charge of the most difficult disputes. He handles - and wins - heavy, complex commercial disputes matters and is a hit with clients - one to watch.” In previous editions of the guide he has been described as “incredibly hardworking” and “a smart, commercial and pragmatic litigator”. He is also recommended for his commercial litigation practice by Benchmark Litigation Europe (2020) which has described him as “a star of the future.” In addition, Legal Week shortlisted Mr. Boyne as a Rising Star in its Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Awards.

Mr. Boyne received his LL.B. (First Class) in 2003 from Kings College London. He is admitted to practise in England & Wales (2007). He joined Debevoise in 2014, prior to which he trained and practised as a managing associate at a magic circle law firm.

Recent reported cases:

Hinduja v Hinduja [2020] EWHC 1533 (Ch)
Province of Balochistan v Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited [2020] EWHC 938 (Comm)
Gruber Ors v AIG & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 31
United Company Rusal Plc v Crispian Investments Ltd and Whiteleave Holdings Ltd [2018] EWHC 2415 (Comm)
Nikolay Viktorovich Maximov v Open Joint Stock Company ‘Novolipetsky Metallurgichesky Kombinat’ [2017] EWHC 1911 (Comm)
BAT Industries Plc v Sequana SA and Windward Prospects Limited [2016] EWHC 1686 (Ch)
BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana AS & Ors [2016] EWHC 1686 (Ch)
Snoras Bank v Antonov [2013] EWHC 131 (Comm)
Re Lehman Brother International Europe [2012] UKSC 6
Lomas & Ors v JFB Firth Rixson, Inc. [2011] 2 BCLC 120; [2012] Lloyd’s Rep 548

Education

  • King's College London, 2003, LL.B.

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales