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“She is precise, heartfelt and anti-pompous” – The Times

Harriet acts in cases involving the most serious allegations of criminal and civil wrongdoing. Amongst others, she is currently instructed by: 

Harriet is meticulous in her approach to case preparation and is valued by her instructing solicitors for legal and tactical insight that is far beyond her call. An advocate first and foremost, Harriet has earned praise from clients and the bench alike for her ability to, as one Judge put it “spin straw into gold”. 

Harriet is a fierce advocate of women’s rights, and in 2016 founded Doughty Street’s annual #DoughtyStWomen events: a series of conferences for lawyers, charities, academics and activists that invites delegates to consider what more the law can do for women. Harriet is a founder member of Women In Criminal Law, and joint Chair of the board of trustees at Women In Prison.

Harriet's first book, “Enough: the violence against women and how to end it” was published by Harper Collins in 2022 and was named by Waterstones on their list of the best books of the year.

Crime

Harriet defends in the most serious criminal allegations. Recent cases include securing the acquittal of a woman who, when attacked by her abusive husband, stabbed him multiple times. Harriet has particular expertise in cases involving complex matters of human trafficking and where criminal offences are alleged to have been committed as a result of coercive control. Most recently, Harriet acted for the only defendant to be acquitted of all charges in a multi-handed, cut-throat murder case.

Harriet has particular technical expertise in forensic pathology and neuropathology.

Actions Against the Police

Harriet has a specialist practice in private law actions against public authorities, often acting on behalf of women. She is regularly instructed in actions against the police, in particular in claims of failure to investigate allegations of serious sexual violence under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights as well as in claims of false imprisonment, assault, misfeasance, and malicious prosecution.

 

Inquest and Inquiries

Harriet has acted in inquests involving issues relating to terrorism, prisons, drugs, unsafe premises, gender-based violence, domestic abuse, and suicide. She currently acts for a number of the families of the deceased in the Manchester Arena Inquiry into the terrorist attack in 2017 wherein 22 people lost their lives.

Harriet’s experience in civil actions against the police and prisons makes her ideally placed to conduct inquests where it is anticipated a civil claim might arise. As well as her legal insight, clients value Harriet’s sensitivity and steady hand during what is inevitably a stressful process for family members.