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Robert Pearce QC

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Radcliffe Chambers (Chambers of Keith Rowley QC)


Main practice areas include: real property disputes, landlord and tenant, contentious trust and probate litigation, private client, charities, partnership, lending and security, business and commercial litigation, tort claims in property or business contexts, professional negligence, particularly of solicitors, barristers, surveyors and accountants, and claims for injunctions and equitable remedies. Illustrative cases: University of London v Prag [2014] EWHC 3564 (Ch) – charities, university governance; Human Dignity Trust v Charity Commission for England and Wales [2015] WTLR 789 – charities, charitable purposes, human rights; Marwaha v Singh [2013] EWCA Civ 1878, [2014] PTSR 1166 – charities, litigation costs; Re Wedgwood Museum Trust Ltd (In Administration), [2011] EWHC 3782 (Ch), [2012] WTLR 913 – charities, liability of charitable assets for pension scheme liabilities; Shergill v Khaira [2012] EWCA Civ 983, [2012] PTSR 1697 – charities, justiciability of religious issues; Faidi v Elliot Corp [2012] EWCA Civ 287, [2012] HLR 27 – landlord and tenant; claim between lessees; Attorney General v Charity Commission for England and Wales [2012] UKUT 420 (TCC), [2012] WTLR 977 – charities, relief of poverty and public benefit; Howard v Howard-Lawson [2012] EWCA Civ 6, [2012] 3 All ER 60 – trusts; name and arms clause; R (on the application of Independent Schools Council) v Charity Commission for England and Wales) [2011] UKUT 421 (TCC), [2012] Ch 214 – charities, advancement of education, public benefit, judicial review of statutory guidance; Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) v Charity Commission (Chancery Division, [2010] 4 All ER 1041) – equality legislation; ability of charitable adoption agency to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation; Power v Open Text (UK) Ltd Group Life Assurance Scheme Trustees (Chancery Division [2010] Pens LR 89) – group life assurance scheme, trustees’ powers and duties; Various Claimants v Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (St William’s Group Litigation)(Queen’s Bench Division, 2009) – Class action, vicarious liability of religious organisations, Seevaratnam v Charity Commission (Charity Tribunal, 2009) – removal of trustee of charity; Guignabaudet v Scott-Moncrieff [2009] All ER (D) 239, Court of Appeal – landlord and tenant, consent to alterations; Father Hudson’s Society and Catholic Care v The Charity Commission for England & Wales (Charity Tribunal, 2009) – Charities, equal opportunities legislation; Dorrington Belgravia Ltd v McGlashan [2009] 08 EG 116 – Landlord and tenant, development of airspace; R (on the application of the Governors of Hockerill College) v Hertfordshire County Council (Administrative Court, 2008) – Judicial review, public rights of way; Seray-Wurie v Charity Commission (Chancery Division, 2008) – Appeal to High Court from order of Charity Commission removing charity trustee; Rysaffe Trustee Co v Ataghan Ltd (Chancery Division 8/9/06) – landlord and tenant, surrender of quarrying lease by operation of law – real property, implied acquisition of easements; Montrose Court Holdings Ltd v Shamash (Court of Appeal [2006] EWCA Civ 251) – real property, easement of parking, derogation from grant; Latchman v Pickard (Chancery Division 12/5/05) – medical partnership, rights to use of surgery premises following dissolution; Adams v Schofield (Court of Appeal [2004] WTLR 1049) – family provision, extension of time for claim; Re R (Chancery Division [2003] WTLR 1051) – Court of Protection, statutory will; Luckies v Simmons (Chancery Division [2003] 2 P & CR 30) – land law, restrictive covenants, stay of High Court proceedings to allow application to Lands Tribunal; Re Barton dec’d (Chancery Division [2002] WTLR 469) – administration of estate of testator domiciled abroad, variation of will – conflict of laws Recognition of Trusts Act 1987; Rodway v Landy (Court of Appeal [2001] Ch 703) – medical partnership, whether surgery premises partnership asset or separate property – NHS, restriction on disposal of goodwill of medical practice – real property, division of property under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996; Re E (Enduring Powers of Attorney) (Chancery Division [2001] Ch 364) – Court of Protection, agency, conflicting enduring powers of attorney; Varsani v Jesani (Court of Appeal [1999] Ch 219) – charities, jurisdiction of court to make charitable scheme; Norwich Union Life Insurance Society v Low Profile Fashions Ltd (Court of Appeal [1991] 64 P & CR 187) – landlord and tenant, whether duty of care owed by landlord on granting consent to assignment of lease; Lloyds Bank v Duker (Chancery Division [1987] 1 WLR 1324) – administration of estates, treatment of majority shareholding in private company; Essex plan v Broadminster (Chancery Division [1988] 56 P & CR 353) – landlord and tenant, lease or licence; Layton v Martin (Chancery Division [1986] 2 FLR 227) – administration of estates, claim by partner of deceased to interest under constructive trust; Tabarrok v E D C Lord & Co (Court of Appeal, The Times 14/2/97) – professional negligence, limitation of actions; Property Discount Corporation v Lyon Group Ltd (Court of Appeal [1980] 1 All ER 334) – company, priority of changes; Manchester City Council v Greater Manchester Metropolitan County Council (House of Lords [1979] 78 LGR 71) – local government, powers of local authority to set up educational charity.


Called 1977; Middle Temple; Lincoln’s Inn; Standing Counsel to the Charity Commission 2001-06; silk 2006; Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2013; contributing editor to ‘Butterworth’s Civil Court Practice’.


STEP; Chancery Bar Association; ACTAPS; Property Bar Association; accredited mediator (ADR Group).


Christ Church, Oxford (BA Jurisprudence); (BCL).

London Bar


Within: Charities – Leading silks

Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersGood at coming up with creative solutions.

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Within: Education – Leading silks

Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and authoritative.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersHas a tremendous command of his brief.

Within: Private client: trusts and probate

Radcliffe Chambers is ‘very strong in private client generally, and is one of the leading Chancery sets, with great strength in depth; the set always has someone available to help’. In Farrow v Harris, Robert Pearce QC is representing the literary executor of a deceased Oxbridge professor; the executor is in dispute with the widow on issues relating to the deceased’s literary estate.

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Property litigation and agriculture

Within: Agriculture – Leading silks

Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersHighly recommended for agricultural land disputes.

Within: Property litigation – Leading silks

Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe ChambersCalm under pressure and provides excellent, clear advice.

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