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David Sears QC

Call 1984 • QC 2003

"Absolutely brilliant, a great advocate and a tenacious fighter."
(Legal 500)

David Sears QC is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on professional indemnity, construction and engineering, energy and utilities, information technology and insurance law. He has represented a wide range of clients including multinational corporations, government entities, professional advisers and individuals both in the UK and abroad.

David is ranked as a leading silk in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in Construction and Professional Negligence. He has been described as ‘one of the best advocates who is loved by clients’; ‘an experienced advocate who is able to grasp complex and detailed matters quickly and effectively’; ‘very bright, calm, confident and gives clear advice’.

As an advocate, David has many years’ experience in the Technology and Construction Court, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. He has advised and acted for clients in international arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules as well as in relation to all kinds of domestic disputes.

He is an accredited adjudicator and regularly advises on both the conduct of adjudication and the enforcement of adjudicator’s decisions, advising on tactics, preparing statements of case and even appearing at the hearings. He has been involved in a number of leading cases concerning adjudication, including Harding v Paice and Adams Architecture v Halsbury Homes. He is also an accredited mediator by TECBAR and ADR Chambers.

David prides himself on being highly approachable and accessible to clients; on giving practical, objective, straightforward and commercial advice; on being hard working, conscientious and thorough as well as being totally committed and highly tenacious as an advocate.

David is qualified to undertake public access  work and regularly receives instructions direct from contractors and employers.

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  • MA Oxon
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Accredited mediator TECBAR and ADR Chambers
  • Accredited adjudicator TECBAR


  • Author of the chapter on Public Procurement in Emden’s Construction Law
  • Contributor to the section on Delay & Disruption, Liquidated Damages and Penalties in the 12th edition of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts


“Provides strong, consistent and clear advice with a calm and thorough approach.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is very approachable, very easy to deal with and a very straightforward barrister”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“Very clever, thoughtful, precise and unfailingly good humoured – in Court he is awesome”

Legal 500, 2018

“A calm, measured approach, he strikes a good balance between the details and big picture”

Legal 500, 2018

“A superb advocate”

Legal 500, 2018

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