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Harris Bor

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Harris’ practice covers all areas of international arbitration, and commercial and company litigation, with a particular emphasis on corporate, joint venture, trade, banking and financial services, civil fraud, professional negligence, and project and insurance disputes, as well as those involving the licensing and exploitation of intellectual property including in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. 

Harris has acted in the above matters for investment banks, hedge funds, international and domestic companies, public and government bodies and individuals. Harris’ cases frequently have an international element. He routinely appears on matters before the DIFC Court, has acted on a matter in the Court of the Turks & Caicos Islands, and has provided expert evidence to foreign courts and tribunals on matters of English law. He sees himself as a team player who is happy to act as sole counsel or with other senior or junior barristers.

His recent cases include Les Laboratoires Servier & Another v Apotex Inc & Others [2014] UKSC 55 (CoA and SC)), Kays Hotels Ltd (t/a Claydon Country House Hotel) v Barclays Bank Plc [2014] EWHC 1927 (Comm); Budejovicky Budvar Narodni Podnik v Anheuser-Busch Inc [2012] EWCA Civ 880 (CA), DIFC CFI 043/2014 DNB Bank ASA v (1) Gulf Eyadah Corporation (2) Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC.

Harris’ arbitration experience has included significant proceedings under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, WIPO and ICSID arbitration rules, and numerous court applications relating to arbitrations, such as freezing injunctions and ancillary orders, and challenges to arbitration awards.

Harris is listed as a leading junior (tier 2) for international arbitration in the English Legal 500 and is an editor with Julian Lew QC and others of Arbitration in England (with chapters on Scotland and Ireland), a book published by Wolters Kluwer in 2013. He has also tutored on international arbitration at the centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, and has presented widely on this topic. Harris sits on tribunals and is available to act as arbitrator. He is also a CEDR accredited mediator.


  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Commercial Law
  • Shareholder, Joint Venture and Partnership disputes
  • Insolvency and Company Law
  • Banking and financial services
  • Civil fraud
  • Private international law

Education and Career: 

  • BA, University College London
  • LLM, International & Comparative Dispute Resolution, Queen Mary, University of London
  • PhD, Cambridge University
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard University
  • Visiting Fellow, University College London



  • Wingate Scholarship for PhD research
  • Ede & Ravenscroft Prize, Inner Temple 


“Comments on Lord Chief Justice Thomas’ 2016 Bailii Lecture which promotes a greater role for the courts in international arbitration” on Kluwer Arbitration Blog (11 April 2016).

Chapter on “Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Clauses”, with Lawrence Cohen QC, in Managing Private Fund Disputes, (PEI, 2015)

“Rules of the DIFC Court”, (Wilberforce Chambers, 2014 and 2016), with Rupert Reed QC and others

“Freezing Orders in Support of Arbitration Proceedings”, (2014) Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law, 29(1), 43-46

Arbitration in England (with chapters on Scotland and Ireland), (Wolters Kluwer, 2013), joint editor with Julian Lew QC, Gregory Fullelove, and Joanne Greenaway

Chapter on “Expert Evidence” in Arbitration in England (with chapters on Scotland and Ireland), (Wolters Kluwer, 2013)

Section on “Economic Torts” for LexisNexis’ online database “PSL Dispute Resolution”, (2013)

“Does National Court Involvement Undermine the International Arbitration Process?”, (2009) (assisted author, Julian Lew QC), American University International Law Review, Volume 24, Number 3

“Claims without Contract: Economic Torts Come of Age”, (2009) The In-House Lawyer

“Dispute Resolution Clauses – A Contradiction in Terms”, (2008) The Hedge Fund Journal

“Arbitration – Running the Line”,  (2007) Legal Week

“Review Article: A Practical Guide to Mediation in Intellectual Property, Technology & Related Disputes by Jon Lang”, (2006) The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management

“ADR Possibilities in Investor- State Disputes”, (2007) The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management Vol. 73 No. 1, February

“Solvent Abuse on Schemes of Arrangement”, (2005) Legal Week (co-author)

“Access to the Internet for the Visually Impaired”, (2007) E-Business Law Journal

“Special Feature Article: Restrictive Covenants and Employees Abroad”, (2003) Employment Lawyers’ Association Briefing, Vol. 10 (co-author)

“Court Finds ISP Not Liable For Opinion Posted By Users”, (2003)  MLRC Media Law Letter

Appointments and Society Memberships: 

  • Registered practitioner DIFC Court
  • CEDR accredited mediator
  • English Commercial Bar Association
  • English Chancery Bar Association
  • Anglo-Russian Law Association
  • Combar Brexit – International Arbitration Group, which is considering ways in which Brexit might impact the area of international arbitration