Prof Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.)


Year of Call: 2006 Year of Silk: 2016

“He is a brilliant tactician and is particularly good at analysing problems that relate to complex cross-border issues. He is a leading authority on international conflicts of law work.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

Practice Overview

Professor Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.) practises in all core areas of commercial and chancery litigation. He has a pre-eminent reputation in the field of private international law and specialises in cross-border disputes (particularly disputes raising issues of jurisdiction, arbitration, anti-suit injunctions, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and choice of law- both under the European legislation and the common law rules). He also specialises in offshore litigation. He has also drafted firewall and asset protection legislation for a number of offshore jurisdictions (including BVI and Gibraltar).

Jonathan is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of the leading work Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (and is also responsible for eleven chapters).

Jonathan was instructed for the successful appellant in the Privy Council in Hutcheson v Spread Trustees, a case concerning trustee exemption clauses in Guernsey.  He was also instructed for the successful respondent in the landmark Supreme Court case of Granatino v Radmacher on pre-nuptial agreements.

He has been instructed in landmark offshore cases including Charman v Charman and Mubarak v Mubarak.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions on English law for foreign proceedings as well as on the law of offshore jurisdictions.

Jonathan is a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Private International Law.  He was legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice in negotiations on the EU Succession Regulation.  He gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Select Committee on the implications of Brexit for cross-border dispute resolution.

He is author of The Hague Trusts Convention and co-author of International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws. He has also contributed to two editions of Underhill and Hayton, Law of Trusts and Trustees and to Benjamin’s Sale of Goods (8th edition). He is co-editor of the Journal of Private International Law, joint general editor of the Oxford Private International Law Series and an editorial board member of Trusts and Trustees. He is a member of STEP and honorary member of ACTAPS.

Jonathan also holds the position of Professor of International Commercial Law at King’s College, London on a part-time basis; and is Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and Harris Manchester College, Oxford.  He has previously been Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. 

Jonathan’s practice was the subject of a profile in the New Law Journal: https://www.newlawjournal.co.uk/content/nlj-profile-professor-jonathan-harris-qc-serle-court-chambers

News & Events

  • News

    Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws

    The 4th supplement to the 15th edition of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws has recently been published... Read More

    News

    C5’s Geneva Forum on Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery

    Elizabeth Jones QC and Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.) will be speaking at the Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Forum in... Read More

  • Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The Peninsula New York Hotel, New York Read More

    Events

    Litigation Conference

    Location: Merchant Taylors' Hall, London Read More

  • “Absolutely fabulous; he is terribly intelligent.”

    Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “Brings invaluable experience to complex trust cases, especially where there are jurisdiction and conflict of law issues.”

    Legal 500

Education & Qualifications

Professor of International Commercial Law, King’s College, London

Senior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford.

Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

M.A., B.C.L (Jesus College, Oxford)

Ph.D (University of Birmingham)

Appointments

Acted as the legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice on the proposed EU Regulation on Cross-Border Succession and Wills.

Memberships

Member of the LCIA

Member of Advisory Council of British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Honorary Member of ACTAPS

Member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners

Member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law

Languages

French and German

BSB Registration

Prof Jonathan Harris appears on the BSB register as Professor Jonathan Malcolm Harris

VAT Number

979335466

Other

Serle Court's Professor Jonathan Harris QC on the art of juggling a multifaceted career, New Law Journal, 25 July 2018.

Drafted the Trusts (Private International Law) Act 2015 in Gibraltar.  Played a leading role in formulating and drafting the detailed conflict of laws provisions of the British Virgin Islands' Trustee (Amendment) Act 2003.

Editorships:

Joint General Editor (with Lord Collins), Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (since 2015).

Co-editor of the Journal of Private International Law.

Joint General Editor, Oxford Private International Law Series.

Editorial board, Trusts and Trustees.

Direct Access:

Jonathan is authorised by the Bar Standards Board to accept instructions under the Direct Access Scheme.

Awards

Chambers UK

Ranked - Leading Barrister

The Legal 500

Leading Individual

News & Events

  • News

    Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws

    The 4th supplement to the 15th edition of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws has recently been published... Read More

    News

    C5’s Geneva Forum on Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery

    Elizabeth Jones QC and Jonathan Harris QC (Hon.) will be speaking at the Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Forum in... Read More

  • Events

    International Trusts and Commercial Litigation Conference – New York

    Location: The Peninsula New York Hotel, New York Read More

    Events

    Litigation Conference

    Location: Merchant Taylors' Hall, London Read More