The TECBAR Committee was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of former committee member David Sears QC on Sunday 24 January 2020.
David was a leading construction silk who was very well-known and hugely popular. His light-hearted and laid-back manner belied his considerable talent as a lawyer and as an advocate. He made regular appearances as leading counsel in the TCC and the Court of Appeal, and in arbitrations around the world, particularly in the Middle East.
David had the rare distinction of having been a member of several of the leading construction sets in all four Inns of Court. He spent the first 25 years of his career at 4 Pump Court; he then spent short spells at Atkin Chambers and 4 New Square before joining Crown Office Chambers in 2012. David quickly won the respect and admiration of his new colleagues and gave selflessly of his energies to the running of his new chambers, of which he was Deputy Head at his untimely death.
Of the many accolades David received in the directories, the most fitting is perhaps: “one of the best advocates who is loved by clients”. He was a very fine advocate who really was loved by clients and colleagues alike.
Beyond the law, David’s interests were many and varied, including horses, motorbikes and sailing. Stories of his trips to unusual places were invariably surprising and entertaining. He was excellent company and will be greatly missed.
We will inform members once we become aware of any arrangements for a memorial service or celebration of David’s life.