Harry is a commercial barrister who specialises in (re)insurance, professional negligence, aviation, shipping & shipbuilding, and other commercial disputes. During 2020, he appeared in the FCA Test Case on business interruption insurance claims arising from Covid-19 (recently decided by the Supreme Court); a Supreme Court appeal in a professional negligence claim against auditors (Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton); a shipbuilding case currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal (Shanghai Shipyard v Reignwood); and in a heavy and valuable High Court insurance trial, acting for the broker (ABN Amro v RSA and others).
As well as forming part of a team in large and high-profile commercial cases, Harry regularly appears as sole counsel in court and arbitral proceedings. He has already developed a reputation for the quality of his oral advocacy and cross-examination: the 2021 Legal 500 describing him as an “excellent advocate” with “good instincts for how to deal with both witnesses and the court”.
Harry has been recognised by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 in the fields of insurance & reinsurance, professional negligence and aviation. He is known for his particular expertise in the Insurance Act 2015, having co-written A Practical Guide to the Insurance Act 2015 with David Kendall. He also edits the chapter in Simpson on the liability of auditors and accountants. He is a junior barrister who “performs significantly above his year of call.”
Harry has a first-class degree in history, having studied in the UK and the USA, and was a Prince of Wales Scholar and winner of the Du Cann Prize in Gray’s Inn.
Harry is currently ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for insurance and reinsurance. Selected cases and experience are summarised below.
Harry has been instructed in two major Bermuda Form Arbitrations:
Harry is currently ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for professional negligence. Selected cases and experience are summarised below.
Harry is co-author (with James Brocklebank QC) of the chapter on Accountants and Auditors in Professional Negligence and Liability (ed. Mark Simpson QC). He has been instructed in several major audit/accountancy negligence cases, including:
Harry is currently ranked by Legal 500 for aviation. Selected cases and experience are summarised below.
Harry Wright has been named by Chambers & Partners as an up-and-coming junior who “performs significantly above his year of call” and who has developed an impressive reputation for his knowledge of the 2015 Insurance Act, among other things.
Harry featured in Legal Week’s Stars of the Bar 2017 where he was listed as “highly recommended”.
Court of Appeal judgment on construction and estoppel in ABN Amro v RSA
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC named Barrister of The Week by The Lawyer
7KBW team succeeds in seminal Supreme Court case on the “scope of duty” principle
A tale of Cocoa, Cargo Insurance, and Credit Risks
FCA TEST CASE – Business Interruption Insurance
2006-10 MA History, University of Edinburgh (First Class)
2008-09 History and Politics, University of Virginia, USA
2010-11 GDL, BPP University College, Distinction
2011-12 BPTC, Kaplan Law School, Very Competent
2007 Simon Gray Prize for top mark in politics, University of Edinburgh
2009 Top mark ever awarded in US Politics, University of Virginia
2010 Winner of BPP & Atkin Chambers Moot
2011 Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
2011 Advocacy Scholarship, Kaplan Law School
2012 Du Cann Memorial Prize and Gray’s Inn Bowl for winning the Gray’s Inn Moot