Practice groups

knowledgeable, reassuring and pragmatic
Legal 500

John Harris specialises in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services, investment funds, insolvency and trusts disputes. He acts for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, stakeholders and professionals.

John also acts on general commercial disputes and has appeared at all levels of the English and Cayman Islands court systems, including the Supreme Court.

John has been recommended by Chambers Global 2014 and 2018 in Dispute Resolution. Chambers noted that he is singled out by clients who are “big fans of his work” and that “he makes people comfortable and inspires confidence in the work that [they are] doing.” Clients and peers interviewed by the Legal 500 directory describe John Harris as “knowledgeable, reassuring and pragmatic”.

John earned a B.A. with honours in Law at Durham University in 1992 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with commendation at York College of Law in 1994. In 2010 John joined Higgs & Johnson and was admitted to the Cayman Bar.

Education

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, York, England
  • B.A. (Hons) in Law, University of Durham, England

Bar admissions

  • England and Wales, 1996 (Solicitor, non-practising)
  • Cayman Islands, 2010 (Attorney-at-Law)

Professional memberships

  • England and Wales Law Society
  • Recovery & Insolvency Specialists Association (Cayman)
  • INSOL

Languages

  • English (fluent)
  • French (conversational)
  • German (conversational)

Community

Council member and Legal Advisor, National Trust for the Cayman Islands

Experience

  • Cayman Counsel to Irving Picard, trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC
  • Sterling Macro Fund (successfully defended just and equitable winding up petition of investment fund)
  • Michael Kenwood Group (acting for SEC Receiver of cross-border group of companies)
  • Re Bear Sterns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies aster Fund (expert opinion on Cayman law in US proceedings)
  • AHAB v Saad Investments Company
  • Re LIBOR and SIBOR class actions (expert opinion on Cayman law in US proceedings)
  • Palm Beach Offshore (successfully appealed liquidator’s rejection of redeeming investor’s proof of debt)

Recognition

  • Chambers Global, Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2014-2015)
  • Legal 500, Recommended in the area of Dispute Resolution (2017)

…big fans of his work- he makes people comfortable and inspires confidence in the work that you’re doing.

knowledgeable, reassuring and pragmatic
Legal 500

John Harris specialises in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services, investment funds, insolvency and trusts disputes. He acts for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, stakeholders and professionals.

John also acts on general commercial disputes and has appeared at all levels of the English and Cayman Islands court systems, including the Supreme Court.

John has been recommended by Chambers Global 2014 and 2018 in Dispute Resolution. Chambers noted that he is singled out by clients who are “big fans of his work” and that “he makes people comfortable and inspires confidence in the work that [they are] doing.” Clients and peers interviewed by the Legal 500 directory describe John Harris as “knowledgeable, reassuring and pragmatic”.

John earned a B.A. with honours in Law at Durham University in 1992 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with commendation at York College of Law in 1994. In 2010 John joined Higgs & Johnson and was admitted to the Cayman Bar.

Education

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, York, England
  • B.A. (Hons) in Law, University of Durham, England

Bar admissions

  • England and Wales, 1996 (Solicitor, non-practising)
  • Cayman Islands, 2010 (Attorney-at-Law)

Professional memberships

  • England and Wales Law Society
  • Recovery & Insolvency Specialists Association (Cayman)
  • INSOL

Languages

  • English (fluent)
  • French (conversational)
  • German (conversational)

Community

Council member and Legal Advisor, National Trust for the Cayman Islands

Experience

  • Cayman Counsel to Irving Picard, trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC
  • Sterling Macro Fund (successfully defended just and equitable winding up petition of investment fund)
  • Michael Kenwood Group (acting for SEC Receiver of cross-border group of companies)
  • Re Bear Sterns High-Grade Structured Credit Strategies aster Fund (expert opinion on Cayman law in US proceedings)
  • AHAB v Saad Investments Company
  • Re LIBOR and SIBOR class actions (expert opinion on Cayman law in US proceedings)
  • Palm Beach Offshore (successfully appealed liquidator’s rejection of redeeming investor’s proof of debt)

Recognition

  • Chambers Global, Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2014-2015)
  • Legal 500, Recommended in the area of Dispute Resolution (2017)

…big fans of his work- he makes people comfortable and inspires confidence in the work that you’re doing.