Haris heads the firm's commodities practice and for over 25 years has dealt with all aspects of shipping and international maritime trade. He has acted for clients ranging from mining companies and oil majors to shipowners and their insurers, state-owned oil companies, independent trading houses, chemical companies, banks and refineries from Europe, North and South America, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Haris started his career in the City of London in 1994. Dispute resolution represents the largest part of his practice and he has acted in over 300 arbitrations, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and multi-jurisdictional cases ranging from modest demurrage claims to mine off-take, shipbuilding and oil and gas disputes worth hundreds of millions. His reported Court cases include the Johnny K, Trafigura v Kookmin Bank, the Sabrewing, the Northgate, the Port Russel, U&M v Konkola Copper Mines, CH Offshore v PDVSA Petroleo and Petrosaudi Oil Services v Novo Banco et al. While he has been described as a "solid and tenacious litigator" (Chambers UK 2007) and “a supreme tactician” (Chambers UK 2020), he is also involved in non-contentious work, structuring transactions and drafting standard terms.
This diverse practice has allowed him a unique insight into all aspects of shipping and international trade that is uncommon amongst the shipping legal profession. He has served on the editorial board of Shipping and Transport Law Journal, is member of the Council of the London Shipping Law Centre, has published and lectured extensively worldwide including for BIMCO.
Haris heads the firm's commodities practice, which was recognised as a First Tier team by The Legal 500 UK 2015. The same directory described him as "leading a true team, perfectly organised, providing excellent legal and commercial advice". He has also recently been inducted to the 2018 Legal 500 Hall of fame as a result of his continued recognition by the directory.
a first-class litigator with great technical knowledge and strategic nous