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

Cooley (UK) LLP
22 Bishopsgate

Living Wage

Laurence Harris photo

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 > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Instructed by private and public sector clients, the team at Cooley (UK) LLP acts in corruption, investigation, asset recovery and insurance matters on a regular basis. It has noteworthy connections to Asian, African and Caribbean jurisdictions. James Maton leads the practice, which also includes Laurence Harris and Henry Stewart as integral team members.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s broad PIL practice ranges from investment treaty and international trade disputes and advisory work, to Law of the Sea advice for coastal states, issues of state responsibility in highly contentious regional areas, and international asset recovery work. The London office also has notable investor-state arbitration strength. The practice is led by James Maton, whose PIL expertise spans investor-state arbitrations and treaty disputes; Laurence Harris‘ practice covers complex commercial, public law, and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes; and the ‘responsive, thorough and engaged‘ consultant John Brown is a Law of the Sea specialist. The second line of practitioners comprises Henry Stewart, whose PIL litigation expertise includes asset recovery and anti-corruption matters; and associate Juan Nascimbene, who focuses on international treaty arbitration, PIL work and international economic law. Former independent consultant Tim Daniel formally retired from the firm during 2022.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London practice handles both commercial and investor-state disputes. It is particularly experienced in life sciences and technology-related matters, but the group also has a strong track record in energy, oil and gas, construction, financial services, infrastructure development, defence/aerospace and insurance/reinsurance-related arbitrations. UK disputes head James Maton defends clients against commercial, contractual, product liability, and public international law disputes, while Laurence Harris is experienced in international arbitration proceedings.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

Cooley (UK) LLP has an unparalleled reputation for representing companies operating in the life sciences and healthcare space, and is marked out by one client as ‘a clear leader in that critical and growing sector‘. The team’s recent work concerning clinical trials on behalf of IQVIA – led by respected litigators Laurence Harris and Henry Stewart – was just one such example. James Maton oversees the practice.