Luke Pearce KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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 finance, international arbitration, shipping & commodities and civil fraud.

He regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as before arbitral tribunals under a variety of rules. He has also appeared three times in the Supreme Court.

Luke is recommended in the Chambers UK and The Legal 500 guides as a leading junior in the fields of (1) commercial dispute resolution; (2) banking and finance; (3) international arbitration; (4) shipping; and (5) commodities. In 2021, he was shortlisted by Chambers and Partners for the award of ‘International Arbitration Junior of the Year’. He has also been shortlisted twice by The Legal 500 and once by Chambers and Partners for the award of ‘Shipping junior of the year’. In 2013 he was named by Legal Week as one of their ‘Stars of the Bar’ under ten years’ call.

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


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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Luke PearceTwenty Essex ‘He is is able to cut through numerous complex and finely balanced legal issues and draft in a clear, concise and powerfully persuasive way.’

Twenty Essex is a ‘go-to set for high-value banking and finance work, both in litigation and arbitration‘. The members are noted for their ‘broad skill set and are able to help us on a range of cases ranging from high volume caseloads to large and complex matters‘. A major dispute before the Court of Appeal was Canada Square v Potter, a high profile PPI mis-selling test case, in which Charles Kimmins KC led a team including Sean Snook for Citibank as defendant. Luke Pearce acted for the defendants (having previously been led by Philip Edey KC) in Victor Pisante; Swindon Holdings & Finance Ltd; BCA Shipping Investments Corporation; Castor Navigation Ltd v George Logothetis; Lomar Corporation Ltd ; Lomar Shipmanagement Ltd; Libra Holdings, a Commercial Court case stemming from various investments in the shipping market and in Piraeus Bank.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Luke PearceTwenty Essex ‘Confident and easy to work with, he is one of the brightest juniors around, a polished advocate and a rising star.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Luke PearceTwenty Essex ‘Luke is extremely bright and easy to deal with and has an excellent way with clients.’

London Bar > Shipping

(2023 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Luke PearceTwenty EssexOne of the brightest juniors around and a rising star. Very high quality written work and a polished advocate.