Practice Summary

“I instructed Christian Panayi, who i found to be very professional, efficient and provided simple clear advice.”  London Boroughs Legal Alliance member, 2015.

Christian’s practice comprises commercial, media, IP, property, insolvency, and consumer credit.

Since being called to the Bar, Christian has acquired extensive advocacy experience having regularly appeared in the County Court and High Court in trials, appeals, injunctions, judicial review hearings, winding-up petitions, interlocutory applications, allocation hearings, and CMCs. Christian has also regularly been instructed to appear on behalf of the Home Office in appeals before the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

As well as legal and advocacy experience, Christian brings substantial industry and commercial experience, having come to the Bar following a successful career in the digital media industry. Over a ten year period, Christian helped brands to realise their business and communications objectives through creative branding, media-marketing and technology solutions. He developed his role from project/account management to strategy & consultancy and departmental/divisional management within several organisations, including the WPP Group.

Christian has worked with start-ups, SMEs, and blue-chip brands from across industries, liaising with clients at every level of an organisation, up to board level. His clients have included American Express, Avis, B&Q, Boots, BT, Cancer Research, Dixons, ECIA, Healey & Baker (Cushman & Wakefield), ICI, Ladbrokes, Lloyds TSB, Logica, MTV, Microsoft, Optus, RBS, Sainsbury’s, Shell, Sky, Sony, and Virgin.

Throughout his industry career, Christian regularly addressed legally-related issues within a commercial context, including negotiating terms of business, developing supplier/partnership agreements and service level agreements, software and media licensing, online data protection, and brand/trade mark protection in the digital space.

Prior to joining Chambers, Christian developed his commercial, media and intellectual property experience at a firm of solicitors. Working for specialist firm Hansel Henson LLP, Christian engaged a range of contentious and non-contentious areas of work, including commercial litigation in media-related disputes; drafting pleadings and witness statements; reviewing and drafting media contracts, merchandising agreements, licence agreements and data protection policies; assisting with trade mark searches and registrations; drafting undertakings in relation to trade mark and copyright infringements, passing off and a Protected Designation of Origin.

Christian is accredited to accept instructions from clients directly.

Areas of Experience (Select to add to the CV download)

Commercial

Christian’s commercial practice includes general contractual disputes, media-related disputes, and commercial debt recovery.

Examples of work:

• Drafting the defence & counterclaim in a buildings dispute, and advising on the settlement agreement.
• Appearing on behalf of the claimant solicitors in a successful claim for the recovery of solicitors’ fees.
• Appearing for a university in a successful claim for the recovery of course fees.
• Appearing for the UK’s designated postal services provider in the successful defence of a compensation claim for lost post.
• Appearing for a telecoms services provider in claims against commercial customers for breach of contract and/or the recovery of unpaid invoices for telephone / telecommunications services.
• Appearing for the Registrar of Companies in penalty claims against companies for late filing of company accounts pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Acts of 1985 and 2006.

Property

Christian has considerable experience in mortgage disputes, landlord & tenant (commercial and residential), LPA Receiver claims, claims against trespassers, forfeiture proceedings, charging orders, orders for sale, and anti-social behaviour proceedings relating to social housing.

Examples of work:

• Drafting and appearing for the defendant in a successful application to suspend an order for sale of the defendant’s property.
• Appearing for a major provider of registered social housing in applications for anti-social behaviour injunctions under the Housing Act 1996 and related committal proceedings.
• Appearing for banks, building societies and other secured lenders in mortgage possession claims
• Appearing for landlords in possession claims under s 8 and s 21 of the Housing Act 1988.

Insolvency

Christian has appeared for petitioners, debtors and trustees in both corporate and personal insolvency matters, including winding-up petitions, bankruptcy, annulments, set asides of statutory demands, and trustee applications. He has appeared extensively in bankruptcy petitions in the County Court and in winding-up petitions in the Companies Court.

Consumer credit

Christian’s expertise encompasses regulated and non-regulated agreements, debt assignment, and debt / asset recovery for both secured and unsecured creditors. He has particular knowledge of the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Examples of work:

• Advising, drafting and appearing for the defendant in the Mercantile Court, in a successful application to appeal out-of-time a possession order and money judgment granted 6 years previously in respect of an unenforceable consumer credit agreement.
• Appearing extensively in return of goods proceedings in the County Court.

Media / Intellectual Property

Drawing upon his industry knowledge and legal experience, Christian has developed expertise in media / IT / digital contracts, software & media licensing, merchandising, data protection, trade marks, design rights, copyright, passing off, and Protected Designation of Origin.

Examples of work:

• Advising a politician on copyright infringement relating to the use of election campaign material.
• Drafting the privacy policy for a new lettings administration website.
• Drafting the pleadings and witness statements in the defence of a debt claim by a radio station against its programme partner.
• Drafting the particulars of claim, reply & defence to counterclaim, and a Part 20 additional claim in a breach of contract and copyright dispute on behalf of a creative media agency.
• Researching and drafting trade mark applications.
• Advising a major fashion retailer on design rights infringement

Qualifications
2009 Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), College of Law
2008 Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), College of Law
1997 MA Media Studies & Multimedia, University of Sussex
1996 BA (Hons) History, University College London

Memberships
Intellectual Property Bar Association

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