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Barrister practising in all areas of commercial and chancery law; private international law; private client (contentious trusts); succession; international family law. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in the field of private international law, in which he is joint general editor of Dicey, Morris and Collins, ‘The Conflict of Laws’. He has been instructed in numerous important cases, including Granatino v Radmacher, Hutcheson v Spread Trustees, Masri v CCIC and Ors, SMF v Butterfield and OJSC Oil Co Yugraneft (In Liquidation) v Roman Abramovich. He is also well-known for his expertise in international trusts and has been instructed in key cases including Charman v Charman and Mubarak v Mubarak. He has drafted offshore legislation in a number of jurisdictions. He acted as legal advisor to the Ministry of Justice on the proposed EU Regulation on Cross-Border Succession and Wills. He is a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on private international law.


Qualified 2006, Lincoln’s Inn. Tenant at Serle Court since 1 May 2009 (QC (Hon.), 2016); previously practising door tenant at Brick Court Chambers. Also holds the part-time position of Professor of International Commercial Law at King’s College, London (since 2011). Publications of note: ‘Dicey, Morris and Collins on the Conflict of Laws’- joint general editor (since 2015); responsible for eight chapters in the 14th edition (2006), 15th edition (2012) and the annual supplements; an editor of ‘Benjamin’s Sale of Goods’ (8th ed, 2010); contributor to ‘Underhill and Hayton, Law Relating to Trusts and Trustees’, 16th edition (2003) and 17th edition (2006); author ‘The Hague Trusts Convention’ (2002); co-author ‘International Sale of Goods in the Conflict of Laws’ (2005); contributor to ‘International Trust Laws’; co-editor of the ‘Journal of Private International Law’; editorial board member, ‘Trusts and Trustees’.


French, German.


Member, STEP; honorary member, ACTAPS; Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on private international law; Advisory Council, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.


Portsmouth Grammar School; Jesus College Oxford (1994 BA; 1995 BCL; 1998 MA); Birmingham University (2002 PhD).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Prof Jonathan Harris KCSerle Court ‘Jonathan is a go-to expert in all aspects of private international law. His knowledge, derived from practical experience and the editorship of Dicey, is unrivalled. He is outstandingly clever but good at explaining complex material and is good at applying it in practice. He inspires confidence. He is quick and dependable.’