Harriet undertakes both public and private law work, and has experience across all of Chambers’ core practice areas. She specialises in public law, inquests and inquiries, personal injury, health and safety and costs.
She is regularly instructed in trials, appeals, CCMCs and application hearings. Alongside her court practice, she maintains a broad advisory practice and has been instructed to draft a wide range of pleadings, advice and witness statements.
Public Law, Inquests and Inquiries
Harriet has a keen interest in inquests and inquiries, and is currently instructed by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government as a junior junior in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
She developed her interest in public law whilst working as the stagiaire to Judge Christopher Vajda at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. During this time, she undertook detailed legal research in a wide range of high-profile cases. In her pupillage year, Harriet was supervised by Julia Smyth and gained experience in social security, immigration, unlawful detention and EU cases. During this time, Harriet assisted with a number of significant cases including Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze  UKSC 31 and R (Sri Lalithambika) Ltd v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 761 (Admin). Harriet is a member of the Government’s Junior Junior Scheme and has been instructed in a number of judicial reviews as part of that scheme. Harriet regularly appears in bail hearings acting pro bono for the Bail for Immigration Detainees charity.
Personal Injury, Civil Fraud and Health and Safety
Harriet represents and advises Claimants and Defendants in all areas of personal injury work.
Whilst under the supervision of Marcus Grant during her pupillage year, she gained experience of serious personal injury litigation with a particular focus on chronic pain conditions and subtle brain injuries. During this time, Harriet assisted with a number of high-profile multi-track cases including Pinkus v Direct Line  EWHC 1671 (QB) and Cockerill v CXK Ltd  EWHC 1155 (QB).
Harriet is adept at drafting complex schedules of loss relating to personal injury claims and fatal accident cases. She is frequently instructed in cases where fraud has been alleged including cases relating to low-velocity impacts, phantom passengers and staged accidents.
Harriet has a growing costs practice. She is a regular contributor to the Temple Garden Chambers Costs Update and her article on JLE (A Child) v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1582 (QB) was recently published in the Personal Injury Law Journal.
- 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
Lincoln’s Inn Junior Members’ Committee
- BA (Hons) Law, Downing College, University of Cambridge: 1st class including a starred first dissertation
- BPTC, BPP Law School: Outstanding
- Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
- Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
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