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Laurence Harris

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Cooley LLP

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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

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Cooley (UK) LLP is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional asset recovery claims. It often acts for governments and state enterprises. The firm continues to act in an asset recovery case for the Government of Bermuda which is estimated to be worth over $100m. James Maton, Laurence Harris, Louise Delahunty and Tim Daniel head the department. Rod Freeman joined as partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'very approachable, timely team offers practical advice and costs are reasonable'. Its diverse practice covers asset recovery and claims arising from corruption, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and investment treaty disputes as well as IP and life sciences litigation, product liability and technology disputes. Kevin Perry acted for Bambino Holdings in the defence of proceedings brought by US company, Bluewaters Communications Holdings, which relates to the sale of shares in Formula 1 racing in 2005. James Maton heads the firm's UK disputes practice; Laurence Harris is vice chair of the firm's global litigation department; and Mark Deem 'brings his considerable experience into play with quick and insightful analysis'. Product litigation lawyer Rod Freeman   joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP  and investment treaty special counsel Christophe Bondy was hired from Volterra Fietta.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Cooley (UK) LLP hired Christophe Bondy from Volterra Fietta, while special counsel Joshua Brien was recruited from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, where he was the head of the oceans and natural resources division. Bondy led advice to West African Aquaculture, as claimant, in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of the Gambia, which concerned the direct expropriation of the claimant's aquaculture business by the Gambia; and Brien has extensive experience advising states on maritime boundary issues and stands out for continental shelf claims. James Maton is the head of litigation in the firm's London office; and independent consultant Tim Daniel's work includes representing states before the ICJ in significant land and maritime boundary disputes and in international arbitration disputes. Laurence Harris is also a key name and John Brown is a Law of the Sea consultant.

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