Robert Sterling

Year of call 1970


Practice Summary

Robert specialises in Chancery and commercial litigation with an emphasis on professional negligence, corporate and personal insolvency and non-contentious and contentious company and property work.

He appears mainly in the High Court and has experience in the Lands Chamber and in Land Registry adjudications.

His practice covers shareholder and corporate disputes, director disqualification, financial services, receivership, administration and liquidation, partnership, commercial landlord and tenant and agricultural holdings, rent reviews, all aspects of property law, in particular restrictive covenants, boundaries and easements (including rights of light), capital taxes, pensions, wills and estate disputes (particularly mental capacity issues), trusts, insurance, confidential information and restraint of trade and, also, contentious and non-contentious drafting. He undertakes, as well, arbitration and mediation work and sits as an arbitrator.

His professional negligence litigation tends to focus upon claims against solicitors and accountants. He has recent and practical experience of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and professional issues relating to solicitors and accountants He is currently handling over 20 professional negligence cases and over 30 probate and estate cases.

Robert Sterling has also been a member of St. James's Chambers since 1971 and became its Head of Chambers in 1992.

Notable Cases


Westbrook v Rawlinson (1994) (CA)

Habib Bank Ltd v Abbey Pearl Ltd (2001) (CA)

Jim Ennis Construction Ltd v Thewlis (2003) (CA)

Company and shareholder disputes:

Re: P W Edgerley Ltd (1997)

Ross v Telford (1998) CA)

Re: Mays deceased (2002)

Bradmount Investments Ltd v Williams de Broe Plc (2003) and (2005)

Compulsory Purchase:

Singh v Rochdale MBC (1993)


Taylors Industrial Flooring Ltd v M & H Plant Hire (1990) (CA)

Griffiths v Yorkshire Bank (1994)

Re Salmet International Ltd (2006)

Park Lane Ventures Limited v Locke (2006)

Williams v Bateman (2009)


Porter v Zurich Insurance Company (2009)

Marsland v Aviva Life & Pensions (2011)

Professional negligence and solicitors:

Alsop Wilkinson v Neary (1996)

Naidou v Naidu and Brown Turner (2000)

Re: Pybus (2002) (Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal)

Maden v Clifford Coppock & Carter (2005) (CA)

Property (including landlord & tenant and trusts):

Attorney-General v Barratt Manchester Ltd (1991) (CA)

White v Richards (1994) (CA)

Provincial North West Plc v Bennett (1999) (CA)

Joseph v Joseph (2003) (CA)

Transco Plc v Stockport MBC (2004) (HL)

Agricullo Ltd v Yorkshire Housing Ltd (2010) (CA)

Timeturn Ltd v Funtazia Ltd (2011)

Tickle v Admiral Taverns Ltd (2013) (Adjudicator to Land Registry)


Robert’s spare-time interests include playing tennis and golf, skiing and exercising at the gym and also cinema and American comedy

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