Jack Harris


Jack Harris

Call 2012 (Lincoln’s Inn)
Qualifications LLB Hons (Queen Mary, University of London): First Class, BPTC (The City of Law School): Outstanding.
Professional Membership The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, The Family Law Bar Association, Bar Pro Bono Unit, The Western Circuit.
Awards The Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement (Queen Mary University of London 2011), Lord Denning Scholarship, Hardwicke Entrance Award (2011); Buchanan Prize (2012) (The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn).

Expertise


Jack is regularly instructed in Private Law Children Act 1989 proceedings to appear at First Appointments, Dispute Resolution Appointments, and Final Hearings. He is experienced in:

  • Child Arrangements Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Cases of an intractable and/or complex nature
  • Finding of Fact Hearings

Jack has successfully applied for and resisted applications for Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders both ex-parte and inter-partes at Final Hearing in cases which involve allegations of domestic violence and abuse.

Jack also has experience of, and a particular interest in dealing with cases in the High Court which involve the recovery of absconding parents and missing children within the UK and outside of the jurisdiction. He has experience of obtaining third party disclosure orders, Location and Collection Orders, Tipstaff Directions, Wardship, and of committal proceedings. Jack is happy to provide advice by telephone at short notice in these cases.

Jack acts for parents, Children’s Guardians, and Local Authorities in all manner of interlocutory Public Law children matters including applications for Interim Care Orders, Emergency Protection Orders, Section 38 (6) applications, and Issues Resolution Appointments. During pupillage, Jack was led by Susan Hunter, the Head of these Chambers in a nine day Fact Find hearing in the High Court involving allegations of non-accidental injury.

Jack has a particular interest in Financial Remedy Proceedings, this having been the focus of his pupillage under Nick Miller. Jack is regularly instructed in First Appointments and Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments and Final Hearings.

He also advises on and represents clients at interlocutory  hearings such as: Section 37 applications and maintenance pending suits/legal services payment order applications.

He has experience of contested TOLATA proceedings, and advising on Inheritance Act 1975 claims. Jack also welcomes instructions to advise in conference during the early stages of proceedings.

Practice Overview

Jack is a specialist family practitioner. He has developed a busy court-based practice and appears in courts across the Western Circuit and further afield most days of the week. Jack accepts instructions in all aspects of family law including:

  • Financial Remedy (formerly ‘Ancillary Relief’) proceedings;
  • Schedule 1 Children Act 1989;
  • Private law Children Act 1989 disputes;
  • Injunctive relief under Part IV Family Law Act 1996 where domestic violence is alleged;
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders under the Crime and Security Act 2010;
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996;
  • Proceedings under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court;
  • Wardship
  • International Child Abduction and Hague Convention 1980 proceedings;

Jack welcomes instructions to advise in conference or in writing. He is happy to consider instructions on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.

Background

Jack is originally from Devon and moved to London to undertake his legal education and training. After reading law at Queen Mary, University of London Jack joined the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and undertook the BPTC at The City Law School. Jack returned to the West Country to undertake his pupillage at St John’s Chambers in October 2013 under the supervision of Nick Miller, Dianne Martin, and Zoe Saunders. Upon successful completion of his pupillage Jack accepted an offer of Tenancy in October 2014.