Laurence Harris > Cooley (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cooley (UK) LLP

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Work Department

Commercial Litigation
International Commercial Arbitration
Public International Law
Asset Recovery
Life Sciences
International Anti-Corruption/FCPA


Laurence Harris is partner in Cooley’s London office and vice chair of the firm’s litigation department. He acts for public and private companies, governments, public sector bodies and individuals in complex commercial, public law, fraud and asset tracing disputes. He has extensive experience of both English High Court and international arbitration proceedings under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules. Laurence has had wide involvement in cross-border disputes, frequently involving fraud and asset tracing. He has focused for some years in risk management issues.

Laurence has been a solicitor-advocate since 2001, able to undertake advocacy in all English civil courts. He is admitted to the Turks & Caicos Islands bar for limited purposes. 


  • The Access to Justice Foundation


  • Downing College, Cambridge
    MA, 1990
  • College of Law, London
    LSF, 1988
  • Downing College, Cambridge
    BA, 1987

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s ‘commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients’ business and giving targeted advice‘. The London litigation team’s work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris  is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

At Cooley (UK) LLPTim Daniel is noted for his work with a number of governments and parastatals, particularly in the developing world. Key mandates include representing various states before the ICJ in a number of significant land and maritime boundary disputes. Daniel’s practice also covers counter‐terrorism and asset tracing for states and private companies; he continues to advise the government of Nigeria on national and international boundaries. James Maton and Laurence Harris act for corporations and governments in a wide range of complex commercial, regulatory and public international law disputes, with a focus on the recovery of proceeds of corruption and enforcing foreign confiscation orders. John Brown is an expert in maritime boundary delimitation and in the definition of maritime zones. Counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien are also of note for investment-state arbitration, Law of the Sea matters and for issues concerning the continental shelf.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s ‘practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results‘. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark EverissMark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David KendallKevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, asset recovery, arbitration, and commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law disputes. Clients include private companies, states, public sector bodies and individuals. James Maton and Laurence Harris head the team, in which Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm were promoted to partner. Louise Delahunty left the firm for McCann FitzGerald.