Social responsibility

As has been recognised by senior judges and arbitrators, dispute funding has an important role to play in unlocking access to justice, particularly in cases where an “inequality of arms” exists.

Our funding and expertise can help level the playing field, and ensures claimants are not prevented from pursuing meritorious cases simply because of a lack of resources.

We recognise that we cannot fund every case, and so we seek to promote best practice, and to make our industry as transparent and as accessible as possible.

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Our wider work

We feel strongly that we should facilitate access to justice and support the rule of law in those jurisdictions where we operate.

Over the years some of the collaborations we have enjoyed include sponsoring the annual flagship fundraising event for LawWorks and Advocate. These charities partner lawyers with those who are in urgent need of legal advice, but who are ineligible for legal aid and do not have the means to pay privately. Their volunteers also advise charities and not-for-profit organisations.

We also support legal campaigners and law reform projects outside of the UK. In Australia, for example, we support the Towards Truth project, which seeks to chart State actions, laws and practices which have led to discrimination against First Nation indigenous Australians.

We welcome approaches from charities or projects which support law reform, civil rights, or promote access to justice. Please contact Gina Wasikowski.

About us

If you require assistance, please contact us.

The litigation funding market is increasingly crowded but Harbour stands out as one of a handful of providers who are reliable, commercial and pragmatic in their approach.

— Paul Worth, Joint Head of Litigation Eversheds Sutherland

You are dealing with professionals who both understand the ups and downs of litigation, but also have the commercial awareness of which cases are likely to work for them.

— Richard Leedham, Mishcon de Reya

They operate at the Rolls-Royce end of the market, funding serious cases with staff who can actually add value in the context of litigation. It's very useful to have a litigation funder who does not back seat drive. They bring very useful and objective solutions.

— Chambers & Partners 2020

They have real depth of experience in funding group claims, better than other funders for the UK. Real experts in that area.

— Chambers & Partners 2020

Harbour are like royalty. Very, very good, very polished and very sophisticated. They give you a very quick turnaround, and get cases in and out the door. The thing I like about them is that when they are not interested, they give you a quick no.

— Chambers & Partners 2020

They are experienced and know their market, which really helps when they are in front of clients. They also have a track record with which many of the newer funders struggle to compete.

— Paul Worth, Joint Head of Litigation Eversheds Sutherland

Harbour is not afraid to talk about out-of-the-box commercial agreements and to bring in other high-end firms who can add value to the process in Australia. Sophisticated and high-end funding, very complex cases. Love their thinking and their ingenuity.

— Chambers & Partners 2020

We don’t see Harbour as just funders – we see them as business partners – and that we are in the case together to get the best result for the clients (or the class).

— Johnson Winter & Slattery

Impeccable reputation in the marketplace.

— Chambers & Partners 2019

Never met a funder so involved – they work hand in glove with their clients.

— Chambers & Partners 2019

Early on, thought-through decisions are reached about cases which means minimum frustration for clients. As cases progress the team are always willing to discuss any aspect while maintaining the correct distance.

— Richard Leedham, Mishcon de Reya

They listen to what you say, then form their own view and put in a realistic contingency to use if needed.

— Chambers & Partners 2019

The perfect funder needs to be somewhere between a traditional lawyer and a hedge fund manager. It’s essential to have a legal understanding yet to be very commercial.

— Ben Williams, King & Spalding

Case studies

CIMIC

A claim by CIMIC’s shareholders following allegations of bribery and corruption which caused Cimic’s share price to crash.  

BT

An antitrust class action brought on behalf of 2.3 million consumers (many old and vulnerable) who BT are alleged to have overcharged between 2015 and 2018.

Roadchef

A claim by Roadchef employee members of their employee benefits trust against the trustees of another Roadchef trust in relation to the misappropriation of share options by the former Chief Executive of Roadchef.

Our team

We have a diverse group of people, all of whom understand what is required to progress a case. All have specialist litigation and arbitration experience in numerous jurisdictions. They have the creativity and problem solving capacity to take your case to completion.

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