Adv. John Harris established the legal firm of Harris & Co. in 1977. The firm is dedicated to the practice of Maritime and Admiralty Law including ship-arrests, charterparty disputes, cargo claims, sale and purchase of ships and the financing of ship purchases, arbitration and commercial litigation. The firm receives “top tier” ratings from Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Dun & Bradstreet and BdiCoface.
The firm receives instructions from the foremost shipping and maritime law departments of international law firms and keeps abreast of English and other jurisdictions’ maritime law judgments and publications. In the non-litigation aspect of the practice the firm provides legal advice relating to the various contracts of carriage and attends to matters relating to the sale and purchase of ships and the financing of ship purchases.
The firm is the editor of the Israeli chapter for "Shipping" both at the shiparrested.com guide of "Shiparrest at Practice" and of Chambers and Partners, and of Legal 500 guides. The Firm is also the author of the Israeli chapter of ICLG to Shipping Law 2019
According to Chambers dictionary 2019 (Transport), the firm “has significant litigious capabilities”, “operates professionally, efficiently and rapidly in order to achieve its client’s goals” and “[its partners] are timely, thorough and extremely pragmatic in their approach to complex legal issues”.
Adv. Yoav Harris contributes articles to the Israeli monthly magazine "The Cargo"; Additional articles of Adv. Harris relating to International and Maritime Law were published, by way of introductory - in The Marker magazine "British settlement-can it be"? issue 15 of Shiparrested.com "The Naval Prize Court"; issue 23 "Against the Ship” or “Rooted in Personal liability” The Maritime Lien Vs. The Owners";
Yoav’s articles regarding the Haifa Maritime Court's authority to act as a Prize Court, were cited both by the Maritime Court and the Supreme Court (Civil Appeal 7307/14) when deciding on the matter of M/V Estelle.