Robert Pearce QC
| Silk 2006
| Call 1977
Experience and Expertise
Robert Pearce QC is experienced in many areas of the law relating to education. Issues on which he has acted and advised include:
- Charity law issues concerning the provision of public benefit by fee-charging charitable schools.
- Equality law issues affecting schools and universities.
- Constitutional and governance issues affecting schools and universities.
- The admission and exclusion of school pupils.
- Claims for breach of contract and duty by school pupils, parents and university students.
- The legislative framework for the provision of state education.
Reported Cases and Work of Note
- University of London v Prag (High Court,  WTLR 705). Legal effect of documents and events transferring higher educational institution to university. Duties of university responsible for administering group of discrete entities.
- Independent Schools Council v Charity Commission (Upper Tribunal,  Ch 214). Validity of a charitable purpose for the benefit of a class limited by ability to pay fees; duties of trustees of fee-charging charitable schools; judicial review of Charity Commission’s statutory guidance on public benefit.
- St William’s Group Litigation (High Court, 2009). Class action by former pupils of charitable school; vicarious liability of charitable religious organisations for torts committed by their members.
- Manchester City Council v Greater Manchester Metropolitan County Council (High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords (1979) 78 LGR 71, (1980) 78 LGR 560). Powers of local authority in connection with funding of educational charity.
Recent directory recommendations include:
- ‘Tenacious and determined.” (Charities, Legal 500 2017)
- “Very good at succinctly describing a legal case, he is extremely clever and always on top of his subject.” (Education, Chambers UK, 2017)
- “Very authoritative and able to provide good practical solutions.” (Education, Chambers UK, 2017)
- “He is very good technically, and is also very good at explaining things to the client.” (Education, Chambers UK, 2015)
- “Best known in the market for his advice to educational institutions on charity law. He does, however, have a wider education practice than this and further advises on school and University constitutions, governance, regulation and finance. ‘He’s a man with the law at his fingertips who is hugely knowledgeable and very helpful to the client’.” Education, Chambers UK, 2014)