Christina Sharma has been advising on complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution for 17 years. She has advised on a vast range of disputes ranging from shareholder and partnership disputes, to professional negligence, IT outsourcing disputes, breach of contract; pensions litigation, construction and civil fraud.
Christina's practice is both national and international, having acted for domestic and global clients in local and cross border disputes in the English High Court and International Arbitration arena. Christina is known for her commercial strategy and for ensuring that her clients achieve the best possible outcome. Her clients include corporates, football clubs, private equity houses, Pension Funds, Banks, local governments and high net-worth individuals.
Her work spans many sectors, including technology disputes; aviation; manufacturing and industrials; media, sports and leisure; data breaches and cyber security; and energy disputes.
Christina is a member of DLA Piper's dedicated Technology Disputes Team and has experience of advising on disputes arising across a range of technology related issues, including software and IT implementation contracts and IT infrastructure. Her advice to clients in this sector covers the full lifecycle of a contractual commercial relationship and involves risk prevention advice in relation to contract management issues, change controls and variations; as well as acting on major disputes relating to the design, development and implementation of IT solutions and the termination of IT supply contracts. Christina has acted for and against IT suppliers.
The experience section below focuses on just some of the cases which Christina has advised upon. She is known for her commercial strategy and for ensuring that her clients achieve the best possible outcome. Many of the cases demonstrate Christina’s ability to provide tailored and strategic advice to suit the client’s commercial goals, which often result in successful dispute resolution.
Christina is part of the NW Litigation & Regulatory team and leads the team in Liverpool. She was previously noted to be a Rising Star by LEGAL 500, UK and in 2020 has been recognised by LEGAL 500, UK as a “New Generation Partner”.
- Acting for Antonio Caliendo, former director and shareholder of QPR Football Club, in his professional negligence claim against Mishcon de Reya in relation to the sale of QPR in 2007
- Acting for Lonrho Plc in an international shareholder/company dispute involving parallel proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and South Africa (Lonrho Africa (Holdings) Limited v (1) Norse Air Limited (2) David Avnit (3) Nadja Avnit  EWHC 322 (Comm). Advising on enforcement outside of the jurisdiction
- Advised on a highly publicised cross jurisdictional, multi-million dollar breach of contract and fraud dispute involving freezing orders with a combined value of £177 million relating to the "Pirate of Prague". Christina oversaw related proceedings and satellite litigation across various jurisdictions in relation to civil and criminal matters (including money laundering, breaches of the FCPA, confiscation orders and extradition proceedings)
- Acted successfully for Northern & Shell Plc's OK! Magazine in the House of Lords case (Douglas and another and others v Hello! Limited and others  UKHL 21) in the long running battle with Hello! over the publication of so called "spoiler" photographs from the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. This Appeal decision was much awaited in clarifying the law on economic torts and privacy
- Acted for the Trustees in the successful landmark summary judgment decision of the High Court in Cornwell v Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd  PLR 329 relating to the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme
- Acting for a Saudi Sheikh in an asset tracing claim and obtaining a Default Judgment of £22 million against a former advisor for breach of fiduciary duty, account of profits and fraudulent breach of trust/fiduciary duties/contractual duties
- University of Liverpool, Law, LLB (Hons), 2000
- College of Law, Chester, 2001
- 2008 - to date, Senior Associate, DLA Piper UK LLP
- 2001 - 2008, Training Contract and Associate at a London based international law firm
- Christina was seconded to Northern & Shell Plc in 2003 and acted on its various publications, including: The Express, OK! Magazine and The Daily Star. She was also involved in the sale of its adult magazine business and advised on its online gaming ventures and worked on the licensing and launch of its adult pay as you view channels.
Memberships And Affiliations
- Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers