Year Of CallYear of call: 2018
Prior to commencing her pupillage, Harriet worked in the Clinical Negligence team of one of the UK’s leading litigation-only law firms, where she was responsible for drafting pre-action and post-issue correspondence, including expert instruction, Letters of Notification, Letters of Claim and Particulars of Claim for high-value, complex cases of the utmost severity, including spinal and birth injuries.
Harriet has a special interest in birth injuries and claims arising from the mismanagement of pregnancy. She has particular experience in cases concerning wrongful birth following a failure to diagnose foetal disability; the delayed diagnosis of foetal distress, resulting in HIE, cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy; the mismanagement of labour resulting in foetal oxygen deprivation causing developmental delay; and brachial plexus injury following shoulder dystocia. She also deals with paediatric claims concerning extravasation injuries; the delay in diagnosis of conditions such as appendicitis and meningitis, and the mismanagement of measles and rubella.
Harriet also has experience in complex spinal injuries resulting from sub-standard surgery, delayed diagnosis of conditions such as cauda equina syndrome, and a failure to obtain informed consent or provide adequate advice about a particular type of procedure. She is also able to advise on claims for the mismanagement or delay in diagnosis of orthopaedic injuries, pressure sores, sepsis, pulmonary fibrosis, and cancer, including breast cancer, bowel cancer, cervical cancer and lung cancer. She is also able to advise on claims for negligent mental health treatment, including those where there has been a delay in diagnosis or a failure to provide access to appropriate services.
Harriet accepts instruction in all areas of dental negligence, including claims for nerve injury, loss of teeth and infection of the wound site, and misdiagnosis of periodontal disease.
Alongside Joseph Wynn, Harriet delivered the seminar “Clinical Negligence and COVID-19: the impact of the pandemic on new and existing litigation” to solicitors representing some 17 firms. To instruct Harriet on any clinical negligence matters, including those emerging in a post-COVID world, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Harriet accepts instructions across a range of personal injury matters, including RTA claims, credit hire claims, infant settlement approvals, Stage 3 hearing and small and fast-track trials. She also accepts instruction on industrial disease claims, including those for noise-induced hearing loss and mesothelioma.
During her First Six, Harriet spent time with Deborah Smithies and observed a range of criminal matters, including robbery, burglary, GBH, abduction, sexual offences, and murder.
Harriet accepts instructions for both Prosecution and Defence in the Magistrates and Youth Courts and has appeared in the Crown Court for a range of bail applications and interim hearings.
Harriet accepts instructions in both private and public law family matters.
Under the supervision of Olivia Checa-Dover, Harriet gained experience in a range of police work, including police misconduct proceedings and defending claims for unlawful arrest. Harriet has also observed police action for forfeiture orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Police Property Act, and licensing reviews for the sale of alcohol and tobacco.
The Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn – Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship, 2020
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn – Patrick Back Scholarship, 2018
The University of Law – BPTC, Very Competent
The University of Manchester – Bachelor of Laws, 2:1