Robert Sterling

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Practice Areas:
  • Chancery
  • Professional Negligence
  • ‘Experienced in corporate and personal insolvency cases.’

    Legal 500 (2017)

    • Profile

      Robert Sterling joined Cobden House Chambers from St. James's Chambers in 2015.

      Robert specialises in Chancery and commercial litigation with an emphasis on professional negligence, corporate and personal insolvency and company, property and probate 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, directors 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, mortgage fraud, 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.

    • Testimonial Quotes

      Ranked in The Legal 500 2017: "Experienced in corporate and personal insolvency cases."

    • 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)

      Mullen v White (2017)  EWHC 2796 (CH)

      Compulsory Purchase:

      Singh v Rochdale MBC (1993)

      Confidential information and technical secrets:

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


      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)

      Price v MGN Limited (2018) EWHC 3014 (QB) and (2018) EWHC 3395 (QB)

      Carruthers v Associated Newspapers Limited (2019) EWHC 33 (QB) 

      Allen v Times Newspapers (2019) EWHC 1235 (QB)

      Spicer -v- The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2019) EWHC 1439 (QB)

      Family Provision:

      Garside v Garside (2017) EWCH 3019 (CH)

      Tish v Olley (2018) EWHC 1069 (CH)


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

      Griffiths v Yorkshire Bank (1994)

      Re Salmet International Ltd (2001)

      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)


      Porter v Zurich Insurance Company (2009)

      Marsland v Aviva Life & Pensions (2011) (unreported)
      (enforcement of critical illness policy)

      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, trusts and agency):

      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

      Barton v Gwyn-Jones (2018) EWHC 2426 (CH) and (2018) EWHC 3631 (CH)

    • Membership

      Northern Circuit
      Chancery Bar Association
      Northern Chancery Bar Association (Chairman from 1994-1997)
      Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
      Professional Negligence Bar Association
    • Qualifications

      Manchester Grammar School
      Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; MA (Cantab)