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Year of Silk: 2016 (Hon.)
Year of Call: 2006
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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.

Jonathan was instructed as junior counsel 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 as a junior counsel 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 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). 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 and an editorial board member of Trusts and Trustees. He is a member of STEP and honorary member of ACTAPS.

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

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Private International Law

Professor Jonathan Harris has a pre-eminent reputation in the field of private international law. He is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (responsible for eleven chapters of the book) and has practised and written widely on the law of jurisdiction, international arbitration, anti-suit injunctions, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and choice of law. He has particular expertise in respect of the European rules of private international law, including the Brussels I and II bis Regulations and the Rome I and II Regulations; as well as the rules of the English common law. He is also an expert on the rules of private international law in offshore jurisdictions and has drafted legislation in this field in a number of jurisdictions. Jonathan is also Professor of International Commercial Law at King’s College, London (on a part-time basis). He is author of The Hague Trusts Convention and co-author of International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws. He is also an editor of Benjamin’s Sale of Goods and co-editor of the Journal of Private International Law.

He has appeared in numerous important cases, including:

Earl of Durham v Lady Lucinda Lambton & Ors (2013) instructed on behalf of the Claimant, who resisted a challenge to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

Granatino v Radmacher [2011] 1 A.C. 534. Appeared as a junior counsel on behalf of the respondent in a landmark case heard by nine judges in the Supreme Court. The appeal concerned the weight to be given to a pre-nuptial agreement in ancillary relief proceedings. The appeal was dismissed.

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1780 (Comm) - conspiracy claim- successful application for stay of proceedings in favour of Greek courts

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm) - civil contempt of court claim in the Commercial Court.

Instructed in landmark offshore trusts including Charman v Charman and Mubarak v Mubarak [2008] JCA 196.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions on aspects of private international law in foreign proceedings. Recently, he has given expert opinions in numerous US cases, including:

Re Vivendi Universal, S.A., Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Dutch/ Shell Transport Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Ahold N.V. Securities & Erisa Litigation;

Re Parmalat Securities Litigation;

Re Scor Holding (Switzerland) AG Securities Litigation;

Re Alstom SA Securities Litigation.

Anwar v Fairfield Greenwich

Re BP plc Securities Litigation

Re Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Securities Litigation


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Commercial Litigation

Professor Jonathan Harris specialises in cross-border commercial disputes. He is also regularly instructed in offshore jurisdictions around the world; as well as on matters raising issues as to the application of European law. He is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (responsible for eleven chapters of the book) and has practised and written widely on all aspects of the law of jurisdiction, international arbitration, anti-suit injunctions, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, anti-suit injunctions, and choice of law. He is also Professor of International Commercial Law at King’s College, London (on a part-time basis). He is an editor of Benjamin’s Sale of Goods and co-author of International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws.

He has been instructed in numerous important cases, including:

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1780 (Comm)- conspiracy claim- successful application for stay of proceedings in favour of Greek courts.

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm) - civil contempt of court claim in the Commercial Court.

OJSC Oil Co Yugraneft (In Liquidation) v Abramovich & Others [2008] EWHC 2613 (Comm). Involved in successful application for reverse summary judgment.

General Motors Corporation v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance [2007] EWHC 2206 (Comm). Instructed in successful application for anti-suit injunction.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions in foreign proceedings. Recently, he has given expert opinions in numerous US cases, including:

Re Vivendi Universal, S.A., Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Dutch/ Shell Transport Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Ahold N.V. Securities & Erisa Litigation;

Re Parmalat Securities Litigation;

Re Scor Holding (Switzerland) AG Securities Litigation;

Re Alstom SA Securities Litigation.

Anwar v Fairfield Greenwich

Re BP plc Securities Litigation

Re Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Securities Litigation


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Trusts and Probate

Professor Jonathan Harris practises in all areas of trusts and probate and has particular expertise in the fields of international and offshore trusts and wills. He is a noted expert on offshore firewall and asset protection laws and has drafted legislation for a number of offshore jurisdictions. He is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (responsible for eleven chapters, including those on trusts, succession, property and matrimonial property) and has written widely on the laws of offshore jurisdictions. He acted as legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice on the EU Regulation on Cross-Border Succession and Wills. He is author of The Hague Trusts Convention and has contributed to two editions of Underhill and Hayton, Law Relating to Trusts and Trustees (16th edition, 2003) and 17th edition (2006). He is a member of the editorial board of Trusts and Trustees, contributor to International Trusts Laws, a member of STEP and an honorary member of ACTAPS.

He has appeared in numerous leading cases, including:

Earl of Durham v Lady Lucinda Lambton & Ors (2013) instructed on behalf of the Claimant, who resisted a challenge to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

Granatino v Radmacher, [2011] 1 A.C. 534. Appeared as a junior counsel on behalf of the respondent in a landmark case heard by nine judges in the Supreme Court. The appeal concerned the weight to be given to a pre-nuptial agreement in ancillary relief proceedings. The appeal was dismissed.

Charman v Charman (issues relating to the enforcement of an English judgment overseas)

Mubarak v Mubarak [2008] JCA 196 concerning the effects of an English ancillary relief order in Jersey.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions on aspects of trusts and succession law in foreign proceedings around the world.








All Quotes

"A leading authority in trusts litigation" : Legal 500 2017

"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

"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 2015

Recommendations

Private client: trusts and probate (Legal 500)

European Law (Chambers & Partners)

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Prof Jonathan Harris QC

Prof Jonathan Harris QC

Year of Silk: 2016
Year of Call: 2006

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.

Jonathan was instructed as junior counsel 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 as a junior counsel 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 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). 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 and an editorial board member of Trusts and Trustees. He is a member of STEP and honorary member of ACTAPS.

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

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Private client: trusts and probate (Legal 500)

European Law (Chambers & Partners)

Quotes

"A leading authority in trusts litigation" : Legal 500 2017

"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

"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 2015

Private International Law

Professor Jonathan Harris has a pre-eminent reputation in the field of private international law. He is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (responsible for eleven chapters of the book) and has practised and written widely on the law of jurisdiction, international arbitration, anti-suit injunctions, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and choice of law. He has particular expertise in respect of the European rules of private international law, including the Brussels I and II bis Regulations and the Rome I and II Regulations; as well as the rules of the English common law. He is also an expert on the rules of private international law in offshore jurisdictions and has drafted legislation in this field in a number of jurisdictions. Jonathan is also Professor of International Commercial Law at King’s College, London (on a part-time basis). He is author of The Hague Trusts Convention and co-author of International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws. He is also an editor of Benjamin’s Sale of Goods and co-editor of the Journal of Private International Law.

He has appeared in numerous important cases, including:

Earl of Durham v Lady Lucinda Lambton & Ors (2013) instructed on behalf of the Claimant, who resisted a challenge to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

Granatino v Radmacher [2011] 1 A.C. 534. Appeared as a junior counsel on behalf of the respondent in a landmark case heard by nine judges in the Supreme Court. The appeal concerned the weight to be given to a pre-nuptial agreement in ancillary relief proceedings. The appeal was dismissed.

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1780 (Comm) - conspiracy claim- successful application for stay of proceedings in favour of Greek courts

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm) - civil contempt of court claim in the Commercial Court.

Instructed in landmark offshore trusts including Charman v Charman and Mubarak v Mubarak [2008] JCA 196.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions on aspects of private international law in foreign proceedings. Recently, he has given expert opinions in numerous US cases, including:

Re Vivendi Universal, S.A., Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Dutch/ Shell Transport Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Ahold N.V. Securities & Erisa Litigation;

Re Parmalat Securities Litigation;

Re Scor Holding (Switzerland) AG Securities Litigation;

Re Alstom SA Securities Litigation.

Anwar v Fairfield Greenwich

Re BP plc Securities Litigation

Re Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Securities Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Professor Jonathan Harris specialises in cross-border commercial disputes. He is also regularly instructed in offshore jurisdictions around the world; as well as on matters raising issues as to the application of European law. He is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (responsible for eleven chapters of the book) and has practised and written widely on all aspects of the law of jurisdiction, international arbitration, anti-suit injunctions, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, anti-suit injunctions, and choice of law. He is also Professor of International Commercial Law at King’s College, London (on a part-time basis). He is an editor of Benjamin’s Sale of Goods and co-author of International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws.

He has been instructed in numerous important cases, including:

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1780 (Comm)- conspiracy claim- successful application for stay of proceedings in favour of Greek courts.

Masri v CCIC & Ors [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm) - civil contempt of court claim in the Commercial Court.

OJSC Oil Co Yugraneft (In Liquidation) v Abramovich & Others [2008] EWHC 2613 (Comm). Involved in successful application for reverse summary judgment.

General Motors Corporation v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance [2007] EWHC 2206 (Comm). Instructed in successful application for anti-suit injunction.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions in foreign proceedings. Recently, he has given expert opinions in numerous US cases, including:

Re Vivendi Universal, S.A., Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Dutch/ Shell Transport Securities Litigation;

Re Royal Ahold N.V. Securities & Erisa Litigation;

Re Parmalat Securities Litigation;

Re Scor Holding (Switzerland) AG Securities Litigation;

Re Alstom SA Securities Litigation.

Anwar v Fairfield Greenwich

Re BP plc Securities Litigation

Re Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Securities Litigation

Trusts and Probate

Professor Jonathan Harris practises in all areas of trusts and probate and has particular expertise in the fields of international and offshore trusts and wills. He is a noted expert on offshore firewall and asset protection laws and has drafted legislation for a number of offshore jurisdictions. He is joint general editor (with Lord Collins of Mapesbury) of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws (responsible for eleven chapters, including those on trusts, succession, property and matrimonial property) and has written widely on the laws of offshore jurisdictions. He acted as legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice on the EU Regulation on Cross-Border Succession and Wills. He is author of The Hague Trusts Convention and has contributed to two editions of Underhill and Hayton, Law Relating to Trusts and Trustees (16th edition, 2003) and 17th edition (2006). He is a member of the editorial board of Trusts and Trustees, contributor to International Trusts Laws, a member of STEP and an honorary member of ACTAPS.

He has appeared in numerous leading cases, including:

Earl of Durham v Lady Lucinda Lambton & Ors (2013) instructed on behalf of the Claimant, who resisted a challenge to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

Granatino v Radmacher, [2011] 1 A.C. 534. Appeared as a junior counsel on behalf of the respondent in a landmark case heard by nine judges in the Supreme Court. The appeal concerned the weight to be given to a pre-nuptial agreement in ancillary relief proceedings. The appeal was dismissed.

Charman v Charman (issues relating to the enforcement of an English judgment overseas)

Mubarak v Mubarak [2008] JCA 196 concerning the effects of an English ancillary relief order in Jersey.

Jonathan also regularly provides expert opinions on aspects of trusts and succession law in foreign proceedings around the world.

Qualifications

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

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

Ph.D (University of Birmingham)

Appointments

Currently acting 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

Publications

Dicey, Morris and Collins on the Conflict of Laws. Responsible for eight chapters in the 14th edition (2006) and 15th edition (2012), along with annual supplements.
One of the editors of Benjamin's Sale of Goods (8th edition, 2010) and author of Part Eight of the book.
Contributor of Conflict of Laws section of Underhill and Hayton, Law Relating to Trusts and Trustees (16th edition, 2003) and 17th edition (2006).
The Hague Trusts Convention (2002) - (author).
International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws (2005) - (co-authored).
Contributor to International Trust Laws.
Author of a very substantial number of articles and book chapters in areas of private international law and trusts law.

Languages

French and German


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