Paul Harris QC speaking at The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit

29 Apr 2015

Paul Harris QC will be chairing a round table session at the prestigious Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit in Portugal.

The impact of the new EU wide Damages Directive concerning breaches of competition law round table session will cover the following issues:

  • Consider being a claimant, not just a Defendant
  • Limitation issues: how will they work?
  • Privilege: EU differences
  • Developments in disclosure – how will they impact your business?
  • Presumptions in the Directive, including as to damage

The Lawyer General Counsel Strategy Summit is attended by over 90 general counsel and heads of legal from some of the world’s largest companies across a range of industries.  The Summit will take place on 13 – 15 May 2015.

Paul is a well-known Silk in the field of commercial competition litigation and is instructed in many of the highest value and profile proceedings in the country. Current instructions include: acting as Lead Counsel for the Claimants in the largest follow on damages action in the UK (Air Cargo), acting for NHS bodies to recover damages from Reckitt Benckiser following its abuse of its dominant position in relation to the drug Gaviscon and defending IMI plc in multiple damages actions for cartel behaviour (copper tubes and fittings) He recently acted as Lead Counsel for Arriva Plc in their successful abuse of dominance trial against Luton Airport.

Chambers UK singles Paul out as “a particularly popular choice as lead counsel in follow–on damages actions, not least because of his outstanding litigation skills. An absolute delight to work with, he is incredibly clever and truly a litigator’s litigator. He is good at devising a strategy.”

Paul’s practice concentrates on contested litigation and advocacy, particularly in the fields of competition, European, broadcasting, public/administrative, sports, and VAT law and is regularly instructed directly by the in house legal market.