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London, Singapore

Luke Pearce

Work 020 7842 1200
Twenty Essex (Twenty Essex)

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Shipping
  • Sport


Luke has a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on banking and derivatives, international arbitration, shipping and commodities, private international law and insurance.

He regularly appears (both as sole counsel and as a junior) in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as before arbitral tribunals under a variety of rules. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court.

Luke is recommended in the Chambers UK and The Legal 500 guides as a leading junior in the fields of banking and finance, international arbitration, shipping and commodities. In 2013 he was named by Legal Week as one of ten “Stars of the Bar” under ten years’ call, where he was described as combining “outstanding intellect with an uncanny ability to identify the points that a court or tribunal will find attractive and those they will not” as well as being “a pleasure to work with”. In 2018 Luke was shortlisted by The Legal 500 for the award of shipping junior of the year.

Before coming to the Bar, Luke taught contract law at Worcester College, Oxford and King’s College, London.


Called to Lincoln’s Inn 2007. Before coming to the Bar, Luke was a tutor and lecturer in Contract Law at Worcester College, Oxford and Kings College, London.


French (proficient); Portuguese (proficient); Spanish (conversational)


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


  • Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent
  • University of Oxford, Worcester College, Bachelor of Civil Law, Distinction
  • University of Oxford, Worcester College: BA in Jurisprudence, Double First

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

Luke Pearce - Twenty Essex ‘ An excellent junior counsel – very straightforward and efficient. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

Luke Pearce - Twenty Essex ‘ Very strong, very user-friendly, he knows his stuff and gets to grips with the issues quickly. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

Luke Pearce - Twenty Essex ‘ His analytical mind is extraordinary and he is someone one wants on their side. ’

Within: Shipping

Twenty Essex is a 'leader for shipping disputes' and highly rated by clients thanks to its 'exceptionally talented' members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver Caplin. Maersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG ('The CMA CGM LIBRA'), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

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