Luke Pearce has a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on banking and derivatives, shipping, commodities, private international law and insurance/reinsurance. 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 in the Supreme Court.
He is recommended by the The Legal 500 directory in the fields of Banking & Finance, Shipping and Commodities; by the Chambers and Partners directory in the fields of Shipping & Commodities and International Arbitration (General Commercial and Insurance); and by the Who's Who Legal Bar UK 2016 as one of six "most highly regarded" juniors in the field of International Trade.
In 2013 Luke was named by Legal Week as one of 10 "Stars of the Bar" under 10 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".
Luke's current and recent work includes: "The RBS Rights Issue Action" (high profile group litigation against RBS arising out of the £12 billion Rights Issue in April 2008); MSC v Cottonex  EWCA Civ 789 (important Court of Appeal decision concerning the right to affirm a contract following a repudiatory breach of contract); Global Maritime Investments v OW Supply & Trading  EWHC 2690 (Comm) (successful claim for various declaratory relief in relation to a series of derivatives contracts); OMV Petrom v Glencore  EWHC 666 (Comm) (c.$90 million fraud claim against Glencore arising out of the supply of oil to Romania in the mid-1990s); "The Alexandros T"  UKSC 70 (Supreme Court appeal concerning the operation of Articles 27 and 28 of the Brussels Regulation); and Lomas v Firth Rixson  EWCA Civ 419 (Court of Appeal decision concerning the construction of certain key provisions of the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement).
Before coming to the Bar, Luke taught Contract Law at Worcester College, Oxford and Kings College, London.