Harriet has a mixed public law and civil practice. She has experience across all of Chambers’ core practice areas, with a particular focus on public inquiries and inquests, public law and personal injury law. Harriet was appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel of Counsel (C Panel) in 2021. She is willing to take on pro bono instructions and in 2020, Harriet was nominated for Advocate’s Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in recognition of her exceptional pro bono work.

She is regularly instructed, both as sole counsel and led, in trials, inquests, appeals, CCMCs and application hearings. Alongside her busy court practice, she maintains a broad advisory practice and she is experienced at drafting a wide range of pleadings, advice and witness statements.

Harriet is often instructed in high profile and sensitive matters. Her recent instructions include:

–       Junior Counsel to the Inquests (led by Jonathan Hough QC) in the ‘Bugaled Breizh’ inquests, concerning the sinking of a French fishing trawler in 2004;

–       Junior Counsel for the Defendant (led by David Blundell QC) in the linked challenges to the Secretary of State’s policy of intercepting migrant boats in UK waters, stopping them and redirecting them to France;

–       Junior Counsel to the Brook House Inquiry (led by Brian Altman QC);

–       Junior Counsel for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry (led by Jason Beer QC).


  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Sir Thomas More Prize, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Advocacy Prize, BPP Law School
  • Excellence Award, BPP Law School
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Wilsey and Lerch Prize, Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Senior Harris Scholarship, Downing College, University of Cambridge


Appointed to C panel.


  • BA (Hons) Law, Downing College, University of Cambridge: 1st class including a starred first dissertation
  • BPTC, BPP Law School: Outstanding

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)
  • The Female Fraud Forum

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Attorney General Panel

Appointed to C panel


The Covid-19 Inquiry: what do we know?

18th May 2021

Harriet Wakeman had had an article published in Venables Legal Resources, which can be found via the link below.

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TGC Inquests and Inquiries Newsletter

18th March 2021

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.

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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue XI

11th August 2020

Please see link below to the latest TGC Fraud newsletter.

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TGC Costs Newsletter Vol VI

15th July 2020

Please see link below to the latest update from the TGC Costs Team.

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Personal Injury Law Journal

5th February 2020

The February 2020 edition of the Personal Injury Law Journal includes an article by Harriet Wakeman entitled “Payments on Account of Costs: Putting the Cart Before the Horse?”.


The article examines the decision of X v Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Unreported, Sheffield County Court 25/02/19). The case concerned a court’s power to award interim payments on account of costs in lengthy litigation.

TGC Costs Newsletter Vol V

10th December 2019

Please see link below to the latest update from the TGC Costs Team.

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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue X – October 2019

23rd October 2019

Issue X of the TGC Fraud Newsletter, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters, can be found at the link below.

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Pick and Choose: Can a court award some but not all of the Part 36 consequences under CPR r36.17(4)?

1st October 2019

An article by Harriet Wakeman which examines the decision of JLE (A Child) v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 1582 (QB) has been published in the October 2019 edition of the Personal Injury Law Journal.


The case concerned the question of whether a court could award some but not all of the Part 36 consequences under CPR 36.17(4).

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TGC Costs Newletter Vol IV

4th June 2019

Please see link below to the latest update from the TGC Costs Team.

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Grenfell Tower Inquiry

9th May 2022

The Inquiry is currently hearing evidence for Module 4, examining the actions of Central Government, Local Government and the Tenant Management Organisation in the immediate aftermath of the fire. Zeenat Islam is Junior Counsel to the Inquiry, leading on the evidence relating to the bereaved, survivors, and residents, the community and faith sector, the Cabinet Office and the Tenant Management Organisation.

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Brook House Inquiry

18th March 2022

The second phase of hearings in the Brook House Inquiry have resumed. The Brook House Inquiry was set up to investigate mistreatment of individuals detained at Brook House IRC between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017. The Inquiry was set up as a result of the ill-treatment shown in the BBC Panorama programme “Under-Cover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets”.

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TGC Inquest & Inquiries Newsletter – Second Issue, November 2021

24th November 2021

Welcome to the second edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication, containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.

Our previous edition, published in March 2021, was published one year on from the first Covid-19 national lockdown, which had a huge impact on
inquests and public inquiries alike. At that time, inquests and inquiries were tentatively starting again, albeit with social distancing and additional technology measures. Now many inquests and inquiries are going ahead in person (or with hybrid in person/video link arrangements).

As such, it has been a busy few months for the Inquests and Inquiries team at Temple Garden Chambers. We were delighted to see that our recent work in this area has been rewarded with Chambers being promoted to a Band 1 ranking set for Inquests & Public Inquiries in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Rankings 2022, with a number of individuals being ranked individually, namely Andrew O’Connor QC, Cathryn McGahey QC, David Barr QC, Dominic Adamson
QC, Keith Morton QC, Nicholas Moss QC and Fiona Canby. All of these individuals were also ranked in the Legal 500 for Inquests and Inquiries, alongside Sian Reeves. We congratulate all members of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries team on this brilliant news.

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TGC Fraud Newsletter

11th August 2020

Please see link below to Issue XI of the TGC Fraud newsletter.

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TGC Costs Newsletter

15th July 2020

Please see link  below to the 6th edition of the the TGC Costs Newsletter.

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TGC Costs Newsletter

10th December 2019

Please see link  below to the 5th edition of the the TGC Costs Newsletter.

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TGC Costs Newsletter

4th June 2019

Please see link below for the 4th edition of the the TGC Costs Newsletter.

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TGC Welcomes New Junior Tenants

3rd October 2018

Temple Garden Chambers is delighted to announce that Juliet Wells and Harriet Wakeman  have accepted invitations to join chambers after successfully completing pupillage.

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