Southwark lawyer set for Harvard

A SENIOR council lawyer has beaten more than 400 competitors to win the chance to study at the prestigious Harvard University law school in the US.

John Harrison, deputy head of legal services at Southwark Council in south London, has been awarded a Harkness Fellowship.

He will examine public sector dispute-solving methods in a year-long research programme, beginning in September under Professor Lawrence Susskind, a world authority on the subject.

Harrison says: "I am delighted to be going. We have a lot to learn in this country from the US experience."

Harkness Fellowships were set up 70 years ago to enable mid-career professionals to carry out research work in the US. They are sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund of New York.