The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

Work 020 7797 8100
Fax 020 7797 8101

David Sears QC

Work 020 7797 8100
Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)

Work Department

Arbitration/international arbitration, commercial dispute resolution, construction and engineering, insurance and reinsurance, professional liability.


For many years, David has been widely recognised as a leading practitioner in commercial dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on professional indemnity, construction and engineering, energy and utilities, information technology and insurance law. He has represented a wide range of clients including multinational corporations, government entities, professional advisers and individuals both in the UK and abroad. As an advocate, David has many years’ experience in the Technology and Construction Court, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. He has advised and acted for clients in international arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules as well as in relation to all kinds of domestic disputes. He is an accredited adjudicator and regularly advises on both the conduct of adjudication and the enforcement of adjudicator’s decisions, advising on tactics, preparing statements of case and even appearing at the hearings. Similarly, he is sometimes asked to represent his clients at mediations. David prides himself on being highly approachable and accessible to clients; on giving practical, objective, straightforward and commercial advice; on being hard-working, conscientious and thorough as well as being totally committed and highly tenacious as an advocate. David is a TECBAR accredited Adjudicator and also a trained Mediator. He is qualified to undertake Public Access work and has worked for a number of clients on a direct access basis.


Called 1984; Middle Temple; Silk 2003; contributor to the section on Delay and Disruption, Liquidated Damages and Penalties in the 12th edition of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts; author of chapter on Procurement in Emden’s Construction Law.




Eton College; Trinity College, Oxford; MA (Oxon Jurisprudence).


Leander club; Vincents club.

London Bar


Within: Construction – Leading silks

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersVery clever, thoughtful, precise and unfailingly good humoured – in Court he is awesome.

Within: Construction

Known for its expertise in high-profile property damage cases, members of Crown Office Chambersoften go beyond the call of duty, and have no issue dealing with questions and queries, something clients greatly appreciate’. David Sears QC was involved in Halsbury Homes Ltd v Adam Architecture Ltd, where the Court of Appeal held that the payment notice regime in the Construction Act 1996 did apply to final accounts.

[back to top]

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersA calm, measured approach, he strikes a good balance between the details and big picture.

[back to top]

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

David Sears QC - Crown Office ChambersA superb advocate.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules, 2019

    On 31 May 2019, Malta published the “Consolidated Group (Income Tax) Rules". The rules will come into force as from year of assessment 2020 and the rules introduce the concept of fiscal units into Maltese tax law .
  • Renewable energy in Ukraine: green auctions launched

    In the first half of 2019 alone, renewable energy facilities with a capacity of more than 1.5 GW were connected to the Ukrainian grid, with about 96% of those being solar and wind energy facilities. In the whole of 2018, which has been a record-breaking year so far, numbers were almost half as high. The Ukrainian market also remains very attractive to foreign investors, not least because of the lucrative feed-in tariff rates, which are paid out regularly. Now, after the adoption of the so-called law on green auctions, significant changes can be expected.
  • Economic Substance Requirements - Fund Managers

    The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 (the “ES Law”) came into effect in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in the Cayman Islands.
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism

    Is terrorism the new norm for shipping?
  • Adidas three stripe Trademark Revocation

    In a judgment of the General Court of the European Union of the 19th June 2019, Adidas saw their hopes of extending their three stripes trademark dashed, as the court ruled that there was no distinctiveness in the three stripes trademark. Furthermore, the court held that the Adidas had failed to prove that the mark had acquired distinctive character through use throughout the member states of the EU.
  • David against Goliath – Libra vs Central Banks: Who will win?

    Working in the crypto and DLT space is like being on an emotional rollercoaster with feelings which range from curiosity, excitement, euphoria, revelation, shock, disappointment, hope, wonder and determination – did I miss any?
  • UK Telecoms company fined £100K over unsolicited marketing messages

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) which is the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, recently issued a fine of £100,000 to EE Limited, a telecoms company operating in the UK. The fine was issued in response to EE Limited having sent two and a half million unsolicited direct marketing messages to its customers, back in early 2018. The direct marketing messages were sent without EE Limited having first obtained the required consent to send them to its clients.
  • British Airways and Marriott International Inc. face huge fines from UK data protection authority

    British Airways (‘BA’) may be hit with what will be the highest-ever penalty which the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’), the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, has handed out.
  • UAE Tax domicile certificate

    Issued by the Ministry of Finance in the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), the Tax Domicile Certificate (also referred to as the Tax Residency Certificate) enables eligible government entities, companies and individuals to take advantage of double taxation avoidance agreements on income signed by the UAE.
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.