Profile submitted by Robert Pearce QC
Practices in the chancery and commercial fields, in particular: • Contentious and non-contentious trusts (both onshore and in offshore common law jurisdictions); • Wills probate, succession and administration of estates, family provision; • Real property and landlord and tenant; • Charities and education; • Commercial and contract law; • Company, insolvency and partnership; • Claims for professional negligence arising in these fields. He is an accredited mediator Recent illustrative cases: University of London v Prag (2014) – university governance; Human Dignity Trust v Charity Commission for England and Wales (2014) – charitable purposes, human rights; Marwaha v Singh (2014) – charities, litigation costs; Re Wedgwood Museum Trust Ltd (In Administration) (2012) charities, insolvency, pension liabilities; Shergill v Khaira (2012) – charities, justiciability of religious issues; Faidi v Elliot Corporation (2012) - landlord and tenant, claim between lessees; Attorney General v Charity Commission for England and Wales (2012) – charities, relief of poverty; Howard v Howard-Lawson (2012) – trusts, name and arms clause; R (on the application of Independent Schools Council) v Charity Commission for England and Wales) (2011) – charities, education, judicial review; Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) v Charity Commission (2010) – equality, discrimination; Power v Open Text (UK) Ltd Group Life Assurance Scheme Trustees (Chancery Division (2010) – group life assurance scheme, trustees’ powers and duties.
STEP; Charity Law Association; Property Bar Association; ACTAPS; Chancery Bar Association.
Christ Church, Oxford (Jurisprudence, 1st class honours, BCL). Called to the bar 1977. Standing Counsel to the Charity Commission 2001 – 2006. Silk 2006. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2013.
Contributing editor to The Civil Court Practice (LexisNexis), and various articles.