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Charles Bear QC

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Fountain Court Chambers (Fountain Court Chambers)


Wide-ranging practice covering: general commercial litigation, judicial review, and public procurement. Commercial work includes: fraud, conspiracy, business sales/joint ventures, restitution, freezing and search orders, minority shareholder claims. Sector experience includes life sciences, aviation, telecoms and high-tech engineering. Practises in Commercial Court and Chancery Division, also Cayman Grand Court. Public law work is based in the Administrative Court and the appellate courts and includes numerous reported cases across fields varying from regulatory challenges to human rights. Also has significant experience of constitutional, financial and vires issues for central government, regulators, local authorities, NHS entities and other agencies. Regularly advises public bodies on major procurement issues. Also carries out employment work including post-termination injunctions (springboard, restrictive covenant, confidential information etc), bonus issues and strike litigation.

Recent cases include: Taberna Europe v Selskabet (formerly Roskilde Bank) [2017] QB 633, CA; One Step v Morris-Garner [2017] QB 1, CA (appeal to Supreme Court to be heard in October 2017); Concept 70 v Cape Intermediate Holdings (contribution claims by insurers against asbestos manufacturer for mesothelioma deaths, QBD, 2017 – settled after trial); Alpstream AG and others v PK Airfinance and GE Capital [2015] EWCA Civ 1318; Standard Life Assurance Limited v Corr and others [2015] EWHC 3844 (Comm); Re Solicitor Duty Contract challenges; R on the application of the London Oratory School v Schools Adjudicator [2015] EWHC 1012 (Admin); Bluefin Insurance Services Ltd v Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd [2014] EWHC 3413 (Admin).


Called 1986, Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2003; Recorder 2003 to date.


Magdalen College, Oxford (1985).

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Charles B√©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‚Äė 'He is very highly rated for aviation work'. ‚Äô

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Charles B√©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‚Äė First choice for any complex trial or appeal, and one of only a very small number of truly outstanding advocates in London. ‚Äô

Within: Commercial litigation

Fountain Court Chambers is a 'quality set with strength throughout the ranks', including 'strong juniors and silks who are responsive and fun to work with'. The set has 'the depth of brainpower and size of team which a major solicitor practice needs when the balloon goes up'. Members are regularly called upon to act on the country's most hard-fought disputes, including the landmark Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, in which Bankim Thanki QC and Tamara Oppenheimer represented the defendant, and Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, in which David Railton QC and Charles Bear QC were among eight members involved at various stages of the case. Another highlight was Stobart Group v Tinkler, which involved three members from chambers including Alex Barden.

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