The Lawyer has selected Paul Harris QC, who led for the claimants in Walter Hugh Merricks CBE v Mastercard Inc in £14bn Mastercard consumer claim which is now set to proceed after an historic Supreme Court ruling (see website news 11 December), as its “Barrister of the Week”.
The Lawyer heralds 2020 as “the most successful 12 months” of the Monckton Silk’s career, because Paul Harris “not only triumphed for his beloved football team but also for 46.2 million adults.” The football team is Manchester City which Harris represented back in June, in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), taking on UEFA in a bid to appeal a two-year ban from the Champions League. CAS overturned the previous decision and reduced Manchester City’s fine from £30m to £10m.
Harris admits of the Mastercard case that “To be the guy that sets the field in that core area of practice, that is really satisfying,” with the dam now bursting on the logjam of CPO applications. The Lawyer confirms that he is currently also involved in three other collective proceedings-type cases and he has already since been asked to do another.
“Barrister of the Week” is selected by The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker team. Subscribers can access the full article here.