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Edward Harrison

Year of Call: 2008

Email: edward.harrison@brickcourt.co.uk

Clerk: Luke Carvalho luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

Edward Harrison

Year of Call: 2008

Email: edward.harrison@brickcourt.co.uk

Clerk: Luke Carvalho   luke.carvalho@brickcourt.co.uk

"Fantastically responsive and easy to work with."
- Legal 500 2016

"Quick to pick up complex concepts and drafts quickly and effectively."
- Legal 500 2016

Overview

Edward Harrison has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice.  He is above all a litigator and advocate with a practice encompassing civil fraud, banking and finance, professional negligence (including auditor’s negligence), energy and the conflict of laws and jurisdiction.   He also has experience of human rights issues.  Before coming to the Bar, Edward was an undergraduate and graduate student at Worcester College, Oxford, where he was also subsequently a lecturer in contract law. 

Current and recent highlights of Edward’s practice include:

- Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International (Ch.): acting for the LIA in its claim that, during the Gaddafi era, Goldman Sachs procured the LIA to enter into derivative investments of around US$1.2 billion by undue influence and/or that the investments were unconscionable bargains. The case has been described by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2016 (ongoing).

- Arcadia v Bosworth et al (Comm.): acting for the claimant in a c. $300 million fraud claim involving worldwide freezing and proprietary injunctions and arising against multiple defendants in connection with oil trading in West Africa (ongoing).

- BayernLB v Bernie Ecclestone (Comm.): acting in a substantial Commercial Court dispute between BayernLB and Bernie Ecclestone and others regarding the sale of the Formula 1 group of companies to CVC (ongoing).

- UBS v Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH [2014] EWHC 3615 (Comm.): acting for the claimant in a US$320 million claim seeking to enforce payment under a number of synthetic CDO transactions (ongoing, before the Court of Appeal).

- Energy Venture Partners Ltd v Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd [2013] EWHC 2118 (Comm.): a substantial claim for unpaid broker’s commission arising out of the sale of a deep-water oil block in the Niger Delta.

- Mabanga v Ophir Energy PLC & Ophir Services PTY Limited [2012] EWHC 1589 (Comm.):  acting for the successful Defendant oil and gas exploration companies in obtaining reverse summary judgment in respect of a claim for misrepresentation relating to a project in Tanzania.

- Berezovsky v Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm.): acting for the Defendant in a £4 billion claim in the Commercial Court alleging intimidation and breach of trust.

practice areas

Commercial

General Commercial

Edward is regularly instructed in commercial disputes covering a range of sectors, international and domestic.  He has substantial experience of high-value heavy commercial disputes, such as currently in the Chancery Division proceedings between the Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International (led by Roger Masefield QC), or in the Berezovsky v Abramovich litigation (led by Jonathan Sumption QC and Helen Davies QC).   He is also frequently instructed un-led in Commercial Court and other High Court disputes, and has had sole conduct of a number of arbitrations.  In addition to the categories below, a large number of his cases involve civil fraud and/or the conflict of laws and/or involve issues of professional negligence.

Energy

  • Arcadia v Bosworth et al (Comm.): acting for the Claimant in a c. $300m fraud claim involving worldwide freezing and proprietary injunctions and arising against multiple defendants in connection with oil trading in West Africa (ongoing).
  • Energy Venture Partners Ltd v Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd [2013] EWHC 2118 (Comm): a substantial claim for unpaid broker’s commission arising out of the sale of a deep-water oil block in the Niger Delta.
  • James Fisher Offshore Limited v InterAct Activity Management Limited (Comm.):  acting for the Claimant in a commercial dispute concerning contracts for the excavation and lowering of a live subsea gas pipeline running from an offshore facility off the coast of East Java in Indonesia (settled 2013).
  • Mabanga v Ophir Energy PLC & Ophir Services PTY Limited [2012] EWHC 1589 (Comm.):  acting for the successful Defendant oil and gas exploration companies in obtaining reverse summary judgment in respect of a claim for misrepresentation arising out of a project in Tanzania.
  • Unaoil v Amona Ranhill [2012] EWHC 1595 (Comm.): acting for the First and Second Defendant companies in successfully setting aside service of proceedings by the Claimant oil and gas consultancy relating to unpaid commission on agreements relating to various construction projects in Libya.
  • Munib Masri v 1) Consolidated Contracts International 2) Consolidated Contractors (Oil and Gas) Company SAL (Comm.):  acting for the judgment creditor in long standing proceedings relating to the enforcement of a judgment debt (settled 2011).
  • Comanco SA v. TGC Ventures Limited (Comm.): a $200 million oil pipeline dispute relating to a project to construct new pipelines from Kirkuk in Iraq to Banias on the Syrian Mediterranean coast (settled 2010).

Banking and Financial Services

  • Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs (Ch.): acting for the LIA on its claim in the Chancery Division that, during the Gaddafi era, Goldman Sachs procured the LIA to enter into derivative investments of around US$1.2 billion (described by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2016) (ongoing). 
  • UBS v Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH [2014] EWHC 3615 (Comm.): acting for the claimant in a US$320 million claim seeking to enforce payment under a number of synthetic CDO transactions (ongoing, before the Court of Appeal).
  • Fortress Value Recovery Fund v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund (Comm.):  acting for the Defendant fund managers in a dispute concerning a Euro 200 million investment structure involving claims brought by a series of investors against the fund managers and related parties (ongoing).
  • Nazim Omara & Taha Babiker v. Al Mal Bank: acting for the Defendant liquidators to defend claims arising out of the liquidation of Al Mal Bank.  The case was only the second before newly constituted Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court.
  • Atrium European Real Estate Ltd v Meinl Bank & Ors (Comm.): a multibillion euro fraud claim arising out of underwriting and market activities carried out in Austria on behalf of a Jersey investment fund and raising complex issues of jurisdiction involving the Judgments Regulation, common law rules and arbitration provisions (settled 2011).

Additional Commercial

  • BayernLB v Bernie Ecclestone (Comm.): acting in a substantial Commercial Court dispute between BayernLB and Bernie Ecclestone relating to the sale of the Formula 1 group of companies to CVC (ongoing).
  • Newland Shipping and Forwarding Limited v 1) Toba Trading 2) Seyed Majed Taheri (Comm.):  acting for the Claimant in two related complex disputes relating to the alleged non-payment by the Defendants of the full amounts due for oil and gas cargoes, and an alleged conspiracy to obtain the cargoes without payment (ongoing).
  • Okean B.V and Logistic Solution International Limited v Olympus Investments (2001) B.V et al:  acting for the Claimants in relation to complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings (including proceedings in the Netherlands and ancillary proceedings in New York) in relation to an alleged fraud relating to the ownership of shares and debt instruments concerning the Ukrainian shipbuilding company Wadan Yards Okean OJSC (ongoing).
  • Alfonso Munoz Cordoba v Hiscox Insurance Company (Guernsey) Limited (Comm.): acting for the Claimant in an insurance dispute relating to sums alleged to be owed under an indemnity policy covering, inter alia, extortion and kidnap (ongoing).
  • Go Plant Limited v Grant Thornton UK LLP (Ch.): acting for the Defendant assurance, tax and advisory firm in relation to claims relating to the performance of corporate advisory functions (ongoing).
  • Davidsons Developments Limited v Grant Thornton UK LLP (Ch.): acting for the Defendant assurance, tax and advisory firm in relation to claims relating to the performance of audit functions (ongoing).
  • Stuart Lunn v Cenkos Securities PLC (Comm.):  acting for the Defendant securities group in connection with substantial unpaid bonus claims brought by a former employee (settled 2012).
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm.): acting for the Defendant in a £4 billion claim in the Commercial Court alleging intimidation and breach of trust.

Arbitration

Edward has experience of a variety of arbitration tribunals and has been involved in commercial arbitrations involving a range of different arbitration rules and institutions.  His recent work has included acting (both led and un-led) on behalf of a number of pharmaceutical companies in arbitrations against the Department of Health relating to the pricing and supply of pharmaceuticals products.  He has experience of UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and Ad Hoc rules.  He is also a contributing author to “SIAC Rules: An Annotation,” an annotated guide to the arbitration rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (LexisNexis, publication date December 2013).

Recent Arbitrations

  • Ministry of Defence v. A. Contractor:  A commercial ad hoc arbitration relating to a defence procurement contract.
  • Teva UK Limited v Department of Health:  acting for the Claimant pharmaceutical company in arbitration under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme relating to the over-delivery of price adjustment savings under the scheme.
  • GlaxoSmithKline v Department of Health: Acting for the Claimant pharmaceutical company in an arbitration under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme relating to whether stockpiled products fall within the general provisions of the scheme.

Public Law

Inquiries / Public Law / Human Rights

Edward has experience of inquiries and was Secretary to the “Hoffmann Commission”, a commission chaired by Lord Hoffmann and constituted by the MTN Group to investigate claims of corruption in relation to MTN's bid to participate in the second mobile phone network in Iran.  He has experience of public law cases with a commercial emphasis and is currently involved in an ongoing inter-state dispute before the European Court of Human Rights.

Directory Quotes

"Fantastically responsive and easy to work with." (Legal 500 2016)

"Quick to pick complex concepts and drafts quickly and effectively." (Legal 500 2016)

Qualifications

2008 - 2009 Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers

2007 - 2008 Lecturer in Contract Law at Worcester College, University of Oxford

2007 - 2008 BVC (Very Competent)

2006 - 2007 Bachelor of Civil Law at Worcester College, University of Oxford

2003 - 2006 First Class Honours in Jurisprudence at Worcester College, University of Oxford

Scholarships and Prizes

Lord Mansfield Scholar of Lincoln's Inn

Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln's Inn

Scholar of Worcester College, University of Oxford

Winner of the Bruce Reynolds Prize (Worcester College prize) for performance on the BCL

Winner of Slaughter & May Prize for Best Oxford University Paper in Constitutional Law (Law Moderations)

Winner of the Oxford Law Society Crown Office Mooting Competition (March 2005)

Languages

Spanish (Fluent)

Professional Membership

COMBAR

Languages

Spanish


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