Christopher Harris KC > Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC
3 Verulam Buildings
GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5NT
England
Christopher Harris photo

Position

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

Career

Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn.

Languages

French, German; rudimentary Spanish.

Memberships

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

Education

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.

Leisure

Skiing, cricket, football, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Harris KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘He is all things energy but so much more – very clever, a wonderful advocate, approachable, accessible, quick on his feet – he is the best there is.’

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘up there with the best of the best, the set has it all’. One client remarks that ‘it is undoubtedly the pre-eminent chambers for arbitration and public international law, with a large number of leading practitioners with real expertise and deep in energy disputes’. The set is instructed on energy claims both in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and claims in the English courts. Members have acted in some of the largest international arbitrations in the energy sector in recent years. Christopher Harris KC successfully defended claims in relation to a $180m sale of offshore gas field rigs, and represented claimants seeking damages in relation to the expropriation of Sri Lanka’s largest wind and solar power project. Hodge Malek KC frequently acts for the major oil companies, as well as governments and regulators. Prominent junior Jane Davies Evans frequently acts as counsel and arbitrator in international energy arbitrations, with the majority of her instructions relating to the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the CIS and Latin America.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher Harris KC – 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A rising star amongst the younger community of arbitrators. Conscientious and fair minded with good judgment and an easy ability in managing the parties.’

3 Verulam Buildings ‘has done an incredible job in joining highly experienced arbitrators and arbitration counsel and, as a result, has formed a very strong arbitration team‘. The set offers a compelling mix of highly experienced former solicitors, now acting as full-time arbitrators, alongside several active counsel with active arbitrator practices. Leading names include Christopher Harris KC, Ali Malek KC and Jane Davies Evans, who practice on both sides of the tribunal. Former barrister Christopher Symons KC now operates a full-time practice alongside several highly respected former solicitors, including Brian King. Elizabeth Birch comes highly recommended both as a mediator and arbitrator.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Harris KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘An outstanding individual, combining both intellectual sharpness with very good presentation skills and high social skills. His understanding of the principles of public international law and in particular of bilateral and multilateral investment protection treaties is outstanding.’

3 Verulam Buildings has made a strong push into the public international law arena, and the recent arrival of Can Yeginsu  from 4 New Square adds further weight to its overall offering. Clients appreciate the ‘high spirit of team work and efficient allocation of tasks‘, while the set’s deep bench of experienced juniors makes it ‘a commercially attractive option over other sets‘. Notable cases include Carlyle v Morocco, a $400m ICSID arbitration concerning investments into an oil refinery in which Christopher Harris KC, Mark Wassouf and Cameron Miles are acting for the Moroccan government.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Harris KC3 Verulam BuildingsA phenomenal arbitration silk – a very strong practitioner who is able to lead even the most complex of cases to victory. 

3 Verulam Buildingshas a strong deck of counsel for arbitration and arbitration-related court proceedings, both at the silk and junior level’. The set has made impressive inroads into the market having recruited well, particularly at the junior end, in recent years, with Can Yeginsu , formerly of 4 New Square, the latest example.  In addition to major commercial arbitrations, the set’s members have extremely good experience of investment treaty disputes. A large team led by Christopher Harris KC and including Georges Chalfoun  represented the claimant in the ICSID dispute Nova Group Investments v Romania, concerning the expropriation of an insurance company in 2014/2015. Harris KC also led a team including Chalfoun, Mark Wassouf and Cameron Miles, for Morocco in Carlyle v Morocco, an ICSID claim relating to investments in an oil refinery.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Harris KC3 Verulam Buildings