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Christopher Harris QC

London, UK Global Guide 2021 Ranked in 4 departments
Ranked in : Energy & Natural Resources , Dispute Resolution: Commercial , International Arbitration - The English Bar , Public International Law: The English Bar
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Energy & Natural Resources - UK

Band 4

Christopher Harris QC
Rising through the ranks of the Energy Bar, Harris is a barrister with a particular reputation in international arbitration, who is expert both in the technical side of oil and gas disputes and in financing issues. As well as acting for large oil companies, he is familiar with the issues inherent in representing national governments, especially in the Middle East and Central Asia. He has appeared in an array of oil and gas industry cases, particularly those concerning the upstream and midstream market.
Strengths: "User-friendly, practical and robustly intelligent." "A very good advocate - creative, clear, concise, tight and to the point." "His knowledge of treaties is second to none and he trumps silks much more senior than him in his commercial approach."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco in a dispute with the Carlyle Group. The case concerns certain crude oil transactions allegedly entered into by a Carlyle Group offshore investment structure with a Moroccan oil refinery which subsequently became insolvent.
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Dispute Resolution: Commercial - UK

Band 5

Christopher Harris QC
Strengths: "Very impressive and great with clients," "he is delightful and a quality advocate." "Christopher is extremely effective."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Forum International v OOS International, a case regarding a representation agreement relating to the chartering of oil exploration assets in Brazil.
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International Arbitration - The English Bar - Global Market Leaders

Band 3

Christopher Harris QC
An impressive performer in the space with significant experience representing clients in commercial international arbitration disputes relating to a wide array of industries. He is well regarded for his advocacy in high-value oil and gas disputes and infrastructure-related arbitrations. He regularly acts in arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules. He also acts in investment treaty arbitrations.
Strengths: "His multilingualism is a great strength and he is the first port of call for any international case. He has a fantastic manner with clients, a really commercial brain and an attention to detail and willingness to get involved in the case."
Recent work: Lead counsel for the Nova Group in a high-profile ICSID arbitration against Romania, arising out of the expropriation of Romania’s largest insurance business and the imprisonment of its former owner and his death in Romanian custody.
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Public International Law: The English Bar - Global Market Leaders

Band 3

Christopher Harris QC
A distinguished silk for investment treaty arbitration. He is highly experienced at acting for both investors and states, often in disputes involving major energy holdings. He has notable expertise in rules governing commercial cooperation between Islamic states.
Strengths: "Excellent in investment arbitration." "Provides strong and persuasive written advocacy." "Hard-working and sensible."
Recent work: Acted for the Nova Group in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the expropriation of Romania’s largest insurance business, and the wrongful imprisonment of its former owner leading to his death in Romanian custody.
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Christopher Harris QC is widely recognised as a leading advocate in international arbitration and litigation across a range of industry sectors. He is renowned for his strategic vision and advocacy, as well as his approachability. Christopher appears regularly before the High Court and appellate courts in England, and before commercial and investment arbitral tribunals around the world. He has gained particular regard for his deep understanding and experience of the practice of international arbitration. Alongside his broad commercial practice, he enjoys a leading public international law caseload and is one of the most experienced and in-demand Queen’s Counsel acting in investment treaty disputes. Christopher is also sought after as an arbitrator, receiving appointments from both major institutions and leading law firms as sole, party-appointed and presiding arbitrator across an array of disputes.

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