The noted banking lawyer Henry Harfield, who specialised in letters of credit, died on September 13 in New York. He was 89. Harfield spent his whole career at New York firm Sherman & Sterling. He helped develop the legal and regulatory framework for international banking after the Second World War and the legal basis for negotiable certificates of deposit. He was the author of Bank Credits and Acceptances and argued a number of cases before the US Supreme Court. He represented the US at the International Chamber of Commerce on several occasions in the early development of the UCP and was involved with original development of the Uniform Commercial Code Article 5 (letters of credit) and its subsequent revision.