Barrister

Robert Sterling

Year of call 1970

CC&P

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 30 professional negligence cases and over 30 probate and estate cases.

In the last few years he has also re-established his defamation practice and developed an expertise in costs disputes.

 

Notable Cases

Commercial:

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)


Confidential information and technical secrets:

Medical Supplies v Acies Engineering (2014) EWHC 1032 (Mitchell point)


Defamation:

White & Callaghan v Express Newspapers (2014) EWHC 657

(defamation ruling re Jimmy White, the snooker player - and (2014) EWHC 814 - costs of the ruling proceedings)

White v Express Newspapers - Guardian on-line 9th March 2016 (Settlement on Second Day of Trial)

Bode v Mundell (2016) EWHC 2533 (Serious Harm)


Insolvency:

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)

Gardner v Lemma Insurance (2014) EWHC 3674 and (2016) EWCA Civ 484 (professional negligence claim affected by cross-border insolvency)


Insurance:

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)

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

Ashley v Tesco Stores (2014) EWHC 1917 and (2015) 1 WLR 5153 (CA) (time for service on a company out of the jurisdiction, where it has a place of business in the jurisdiction)

G&A Properties (UK) Ltd v Rolland (2015) EWHC 939

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