Luke Pearce KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Luke Pearce KC
- Arbitration and mediation
- Banking and finance
- Civil fraud and asset tracing
- Commercial law
- Energy and natural resources
- Insurance and reinsurance
- Private international law
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(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2
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.