Graham Harris is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Graham directly using the contact details listed above.
Graham is a specialist in criminal law – with an emphasis towards ‘White Collar Crime’ and regulatory matters. As well as defending cases of serious and complex fraud, he also handles ICAC and SFC prosecutions and Market Misconduct Tribunal Inquiries. In addition, his services are frequently engaged in Professional Disciplinary Proceedings, particularly in cases in which criminal misconduct is alleged.
Graham was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1975. From 1976 to 1983 he practiced from Common Law Chambers at the London Bar and on the Midland and Oxford Circuit. His practice was widespread in criminal and regulatory work both prosecuting and defending. In January 1984 Graham was appointed Crown Counsel in Hong Kong in the then Attorney General’s Chambers. He joined the Prosecutions Division but was soon seconded as ‘in house’ counsel at the Independent Commission against Corruption where he remained until 1985 at which time he was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel and required to return to the mainstream of the Prosecutions Division. It was at this time that Graham was also admitted to the Hong Kong Bar.
In 1986 Graham was recruited by the Commercial Crimes Unit (“CCU”) of the Attorney General’s Chambers, an elite unit dedicated to the prosecution of serious corruption and white collar crime. There he remained as a Deputy Principal Crown Counsel (Consultant) until leaving Government to enter private practice in early 1995.
In 1995 Graham joined the Chambers of Gilbert Rodway Q.C., where he remained until December 2003 when he co-founded “Liberty Chambers” with Alexander King S.C. Whilst Graham continues to prosecute for the Securities and Futures Commission, his role has switched in recent years to the Defence.
In May 2011 Graham took silk and, upon the sad death of Alexander King SC, he took over as Head of Liberty Chambers.
Throughout his career, Graham has also lectured extensively in all aspects of Criminal Law and Procedure. He is a regular speaker at Law Society and Bar Association CPD and ALE courses; the University of Hong Kong; and as a guest lecturer at a number of universities in The People’s Republic of China. Graham has also been retained as an expert witness in cases overseas requiring consideration of Hong Kong Criminal Law and Procedure.
Established by Alexander King SC and Graham Harris SC in 2003, Liberty Chambers is home to a group of independent barristers, with a wealth of experience in a wide range of legal practice areas.
Situated directly opposite and adjacent to the High Court of Hong Kong, our modern, Philip Liao designed workplace, reflects the dynamic and innovative approach we bring to our practice of the law.
Our members include internationally qualified lawyers who have made Hong Kong their home and locally trained professionals.
We act for clients facing investigation and prosecution for corruption, commercial crime, and regulatory matters; by the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC); the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Police (CCB) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). Our members are constantly inter-acting with the Hong Kong Government, its’ tribunals and statutory bodies.