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Christopher Harris

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3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)


Barrister specialising in banking, financial services, general commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration.


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn.


French, German; rudimentary Spanish.


Lincoln’s Inn; COMBAR; LCIA; ASA under 40.


University of Bristol (LLB Joint Honours Law and French); Leiden (LLM); University of St Gallen (PhD); publication: ‘Informing Offeree Shareholders – The Duties of the Offeree Board of Directors in a Hostile Takeover in England and Switzerland’; ICSL – very competent.


Skiing, cricket, football, travel.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2019 silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely bright and a pleasure to deal with.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – 2019 silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAbsolutely awesome, he will walk into silk.

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Within: Energy – 2019 silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA tremendously well-prepared litigator, and a thorough, meticulous arbitrator.

Within: Energy

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘a responsive and talented set’; its investment in its international arbitration practice has been ‘paying dividends, giving the chambers better strength in depth in this area than its commercial competitors’. Christopher Harris has been acting for one large gas company claiming $2.5bn in an investment treaty arbitration in relation to confiscations of its gas by an Eastern European state. Ali Malek QC is the key silk along with Hodge Malek QC, who arrived in April 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – 2019 silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA silk in the making, extremely commercial and a very effective advocate.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law – 2019 silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very strong lawyer and QC in waiting for public international law.

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United Arab Emirates: The English bar


Within: 2019 silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSharp, with the right balance between technical ability and strategic sense.

Within: Commercial

3 Verulam Buildings’s Christopher Harris and Georges Chalfoun, represented Algerian publicly owned oil and gas company Sonatrach. Jane Davies Evans represented Crescent Oil in an arbitration against the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq concerning the supply of gas. In addition, Saima Hanif handles defence work in DFSA investigations. Farhaz Khan has joined from Outer Temple Chambers.

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