Paul Harris QC has won the “Barrister of the Year” category in this year’s The Lawyer Awards. The virtual awards ceremony was hosted by BBC news anchor Huw Edwards, who announced the winners of the 29 awards.
In summarising why Paul was the winner of this award, the presenter highlighted the judges’ recognition of Paul’s trailblazing collective competition law proceedings (CPOs) practice, and in particular his “strong leadership of a novel case” in acting for the opt-out claimants in Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Inc. This was the first mass consumer claim successfully brought under the new collective action regime and the judges were impressed with Paul’s “extremely strong advocacy credentials” in this “relatively new area of law.”
The judges also cited Paul’s “pre-eminence in, and his commitment to, his chosen fields of competition and sports law, as supported by the detailed testimonials by instructing solicitors and clients as to his personal and legal ability, which led further force to his submission”
These testimonials can be accessed here.