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Harbour Litigation Funding Limited

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What the team is known for

Founded in 2007, Harbour Litigation Funding is firmly entrenched in the top tier of UK litigation funders, according to sources. Harbour is praised for its well-capitalised and transparent funding agreements that give fundees confidence that the necessary liquidity will be there to support a successful conclusion of their case.

Strengths

"They are probably the best funder in the UK. They are very easy to deal with and maintain a regular dialogue. They stick with what they think about a claim, and that is generally how it plays out. They monitor cases properly and recognise that they are not the client, just the funder. Very hard to fault."

Work highlights

Funded a claim on behalf of approximately 400 holders of non-property damage business interruption insurance with Hiscox, who sought confirmation that their policies covered losses resulting from COVID-19 measures and payment for those losses. The case progressed rapidly to a Supreme Court judgment in favour of the claimants in January 2021.

Notable practitioners

Susan Dunn is the co-founder of Harbour. Her experience makes her one of the most sophisticated and respected funders in the UK. She is also the current chair of the Association of Litigation Funders.

"She is one of the founders of this space. Really great and vastly experienced. She is very direct and straightforward - I love that. Negotiations with other funders can be opaque, which is not the case with Susan. You know where you stand. We can come to an agreement on terms quickly."

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Overview

Harbour is the largest privately-owned litigation funder, having raised over $1.475bn of third-party capital since inception. Established in 2007, Harbour has funded 126 claims, with arbitrations under 6 arbitral forums and litigation in 13 jurisdictions. With 17 dedicated investment professionals, each with a designated jurisdictional focus and dispute type specialism.

At its most basic level, what Harbour does is very simple. Harbour pays legal bills and protect parties against adverse costs if their claim turns out to be unsuccessful. In exchange, a claimant agrees that we take a pre-agreed portion of the damages if their claim is successful.

At a more granular level, what we offer is a range of funding products. These include:

- Single case funding – a single claim supported by Harbour’s capital
- Portfolio funding – two or more claims supported by Harbour’s capital
- Funding facility – a recourse loan to help a law firm manage contingent revenues
- Monetisation – a single claim acquired by Harbour
- Insuring litigation costs – insuring against the costs and risks of litigation, provided by our sister company Harbour Underwriting.

Each of these claims can relate to a variety of different types of dispute including:

- Arbitration
- Competition
- Construction disputes
- Enforcement
- General commercial disputes
- Group actions
- Intellectual property
- Insolvency

All of which we can support anywhere in the world where litigation funding is permitted.

Litigation Funding Department

Harbour Litigation Funding Limited

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