Harriet undertakes both public and private law work, and has experience across all of Chambers’ core practice areas. She specialises in inquests and inquiries, public law, 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 Inquiries and Inquests
Harriet has a keen interest in public inquiries and inquest law. Since 2018 she has been instructed by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She is also currently instructed as a junior junior to the Brook House Inquiry.

Harriet has been instructed, as a junior junior, in a number of inquests concerning deaths in prisons and in police custody. This work has involved a consideration of issues such as the ACCT process, healthcare within prisons and internal prison communication systems.

Harriet has previously advised in relation to applications under s.13 of the Coroners Act 1988 and claims for judicial review following an inquest. She is currently instructed in a claim for judicial review before the High Court challenging the conclusion of an inquest.

Harriet is the junior editor of the Temple Garden Chambers Inquests and Inquiries newsletter.

Public Law
Harriet 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.

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. Previous notable cases in which Harriet has been instructed as a junior junior include:

  • R (Sri Lalithambika) Ltd v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 761, a High Court judicial review regarding a decision to suspend a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence.
  • MR (Pakistan) & Anor v (1) Secretary of State for Justice (2) Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3567, a judicial review challenging the absence of the equivalent of Rules 34 and 35 for immigration detainees in the prison estate.
  • NN and LP v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1003, a High Court judicial review which challenged the support provided to victims of trafficking.

Harriet regularly appears in bail hearings acting pro bono for the Bail for Immigration Detainees charity. She has advised on social security appeals before both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunal. In 2020, Harriet was nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in recognition of her pro bono work in these areas.


  • 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


  • 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)

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work


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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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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This document describes the information that Harriet Wakeman, in her professional capacity as a barrister, collects about data subjects, how it is used and shared, and the data subjects’ rights regarding it.


Thank you for choosing to instruct me in your case. I will need to collect and hold your personal information in order to represent you. I will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information. I will do all that I reasonably can to ensure that I do not infringe your rights or undermine your trust. This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding it.

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In so far as I process sensitive personal data, I do so where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or where courts are acting in their judicial capacity.

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I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.

I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR.

This includes:

Client data:

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I do not transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations.


I retain your personal data while you remain a client and/or for as long as is necessary for me to meet my legal and professional obligations. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held.

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The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask me to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask me to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public/personal_information and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.

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Coronavirus Update

TGC continues proactively to safeguard against the risks posed by the spread of Coronavirus. We have a Covid-19 Committee who continue to monitor the situation and follow advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available. As of 6 July 2020, our London premises, 1 Harcourt Buildings, will be operating with a reduced clerking team in attendance. The remaining staff members and barristers will continue working remotely. We wish to reassure everyone that our contingency plans enable us to continue to provide our services.

Telephoning us

When calling our switchboard number, it will be diverted to a member of the clerking team who will be able to assist in the usual way. All direct dials in Chambers are diverted to be answered remotely.

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Please continue to communicate with barristers directly via phone or email.

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Court Hearings

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