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

Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
3 Verulam Buildings
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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.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher Harris QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is superb, a persuasive advocate who fights the client’s corner and a sophisticated cross-examiner who pulls no punches.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher Harris QC3 Verulam BuildingsPolished, articulate, fiercely smart and expert in the specialism of international arbitration in England (especially in relation to the Arbitration Act 1996 and jurisprudence applying it).

3 Verulam Buildings is now firmly ensconced among the leading sets in London for international arbitration and is considered by some to be ‘the leading set of chambers for international investment arbitration disputes‘. In addition to several top name commercial silks, such as Ali Malek QC, who are equally adept before the tribunals as they are before the High Court, the set also has some excellent senior juniors and junior silks with strong specialist expertise in this area, with Christopher Harris QC being of particular note. Harris represented the Moroccan government in its ICSID arbitration, Carlyle v Morocco, with Georges Chalfoun, Mark Wassouf and Cameron Miles also on the team. Another ICSID highlight was Mytilineos SA v Republic of Serbia in which Tariq Baloch was sole barrister for the Greek industrial conglomerate. In February 2022 Can Yeginsu joined from 4 New Square.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Harris QC3 Verulam BuildingsChris has a wealth of knowledge in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration and in particular the culture and practices of investment treaty arbitration.

3 Verulam Buildings is now a well-established presence in the field of public international law. The set’s credentials are especially strong at the junior end, where it fields several members with enviable track records in investment treaty arbitrations. The set’s barristers regularly work together, such as in the ICSID dispute Carlyle v Morocco concerning the SAMIR oil refinery, in which Christopher Harris QC is leading Mark Wassouf and Cameron Miles on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco. Harris QC has been one of the practice’s drivers over the past few years, and is also representing the respondent state in the Stati v Kazakhstan Energy Charter Treaty arbitration. In February 2022 Can Yeginsu joined from 4 New Square.