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Harry Lambert

Call 2008

"Respected junior who “knows the area inside-out"...Extremely dedicated and hard-working. His astute intellect allows him to handle difficult cases and tricky legal issues with aplomb.”
(Chambers & Partners 2017)

Harry Lambert practises in the areas of product liability, clinical negligence and property damage. He has been involved in some of the most high profile group actions of recent years including the Thalidomide, Phone Hacking, Peruvian Miners, Mau Mau, Human Trafficking and Metal on Metal Hip litigation.

Clinical Negligence

Harry’s clinical negligence practice encompasses claims in, inter alia, the fields of neurosurgery, anaesthetics, orthopaedics and cardiology. He undertakes the full range of work in this area; from complex, high value clinical negligence actions, to interlocutory hearings and pleadings.

Harry frequently represents families at inquests and has done so in inter alia paediatric, psychiatric, gastrointestinal and radiological cases.

He is also regularly led in cases of the utmost value and complexity. He was junior counsel in Glassenbury v Short, a highly complex case of perinatal hypoxia materially contributing to postnatal periventricular leucomalacia (led by Robin Oppenheim QC). Similarly K was a multi-million pound cerebral palsy claim involving complex issues over care / accommodation (led by Robin Oppenheim QC).

Selected Cases

  • A highly technical neurosurgery case in which the Claimant claims (amongst other things) that he/she became homosexual and his/her marriage broke down after a brain tumour went un-diagnosed and was allowed to grow in size.
  • Advising on issues of disclosure and accrual in a multi party dental negligence action against the MOD.
  • A case involving the death of a single mother as a result of a missed cancer diagnosis in Accident & Emergency. As a result all of her children went into foster care and the family unit was destroyed.
  • A case arising out of a GP failing to diagnose a pulmonary embolism and then fabricating/falsifying clinical notes after learning of his patient’s death. The deceased was a practical and able man who had built up a “Buy to Let” empire with his family and carried out significant work on the houses, thus giving rise to a sizeable “services” claim under the Fatal Accident Act 1976.

Personal Injury

Harry regularly advises in employer’s liability cases and RTAs from the border of the fasttrack threshold right up to high value multi track cases. Harry recently advised on an amputation settlement worth in the region of £500,000 (less a reduction to reflect contributory negligence).

Again, he is regularly led in cases of the highest value. M v J, for example, was a multi-million pound case involving catastrophic injury to a young child (led by Gerwyn Samuel).

Harry has an interest in historic sex abuse cases. He is currently bringing such a civil action pleaded at over £300,000. Likewise in 2011 he acted through the Western Circuit Free Representation Unit for a Claimant bringing a secondary victim claim arising out of the abuse of her daughter, in which the central issue was the legal definition of the ‘immediate aftermath’.

Harry is also developing a practise in the crossover between personal injury and international law. He took a case on the interplay between personal injury and state immunity to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Ogbonna v Nigeria) whilst he has also been led in several high profile cases.

His current caseload includes a groundbreaking civil action for damages as a result of human trafficking. He was also recently part of a group of specialist trafficking lawyers, which convened and provided written advice to the Lords on the forthcoming Modern Slavery Bill. With his background in product liability / tort law, he combines creative thinking about causes of action (often necessary in the absence of a tort of human trafficking) with a rigorous approach to quantum.

Selected Cases

  • C v MOD – Article 2 claim arising out of the death of a soldier in Afghanistan (led by Richard Hermer QC).
  • Mutua & 4 Others v FCO – Sixty year old claim for personal injury arising out of alleged torture on the part of the Colonial Administration in Kenya (led by Richard Hermer QC and Phillippa Kaufmann)
  • Guerrero & Others v Montericco & Another – Carried out extensive work on quantum and Part 35 Questions in this group action against a British based mining company for complicity in the torture of environmental protestors in Peru (Led by Richard Hermer QC and Guy Vassall-Adams).

Product Liability

Harry has a particular interest in claims involving drugs and medical devices. Examples of the former include advising in respect of olmesartan medoxomil as well as a vitamin supplement containing 568 times the safe level of Vitamin D. Examples of the latter include a claim concerning allegedly defective surgical cutting guides and a bathroom hoist which broke [rendering a paraplegic user tetraplegic].

Harry has also been involved in some of the most heavyweight and high profile group actions of recent times.

Selected Cases

  • Combination Prosthesis’ Litigation – Harry acts for c.25 Claimants bringing claims against a constellation of NHS trusts and manufacturers arising out of the practice of “mixing and matching” THR component parts (led by Christopher Gibson QC and Eloise Power).
  • Thalidomide – He has recently been instructed in litigation arising out of the 1960s tragedy (led by Robin Oppenheim QC).
  • Phone Hacking – Harry has, since early 2012, been intimately involved in the mobile telephone voicemail interception (“phone hacking”) litigation. He has advised in dozens of cases including those involving high profile celebrities. He appeared (led by Dinah Rose QC) for NGN in Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Ltd [2012] EWHC 2692 (Ch).
  • Metal on Metal Hip Litigation – Harry is currently instructed in several group actions arising out of defective hip prostheses. He is working on behalf of claimants brining actions in respect of Biomet and Corin Cormet devices.
  • Libya – Drafted schedules of loss for 12 Libyans bringing actions against the British Government for alleged abuses of administrative powers.
  • Trossel – Group action arising out of the provision of stem cell therapy and aqua tilis treatment to sufferers of progressive diseases (led by Robin Oppenheim QC).
  • Mutua & 4 Others v FCO – Sixty year old claim for personal injury arising out of alleged torture on the part of the Colonial Administration in Kenya (led by Richard Hermer QC and Phillippa Kaufmann).
  • Guerrero & Others v Montericco & Another – Carried out extensive work on quantum and Part 35 Questions in this group action against a British based mining company for complicity in the torture of environmental protestors in Peru (Led by Richard Hermer QC and Guy Vassall-Adams).

Property Damage

Harry’s current caseload features a number of property damage cases including those involving inter alia fires and floods in both the residential and commercial setting. With his background and reputation in product liability Harry brings particular expertise in matters brought or defended under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. This also makes him particularly adept at dealing with complex causation cases such as those involving concurrent, competing or cumulative causes.

Selected Cases

  • A high profile inquest, which has attracted national media attention, in which a residential flat was destroyed in a fire allegedly started by a faulty electronic device.
  • A flood caused by a faulty pressure-reducing valve. This case involved complex questions of causation and issues under the Companies Act 2006.
  • A restaurant destroyed by in a fire caused by tortiously accumulated grease deposits. This case raised issues concerning the proper scope of the Berni’s Inns principle.

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Harry has considerable experience of the coronial jurisdiction and has acted in inquests up and down the country in inter alia paediatric, psychiatric, gastrointestinal and radiological cases.

Examples of his inquest work include:

  • Appearing on behalf of two intensive care nurses whose care had been called into question.
  • A high profile inquest, which has attracted national media attention, in which a residential flat was destroyed in a fire allegedly started by a faulty electronic device.
  • Representing a major broadcasting corporation in the face of allegations of workplace bullying.

Harry also has neighbouring experience in the regulatory context, having acted in numerous cases in the Health Professions and Nursing & Midwifery Councils.

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Qualifications


  • MA, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
  • LLB, College of Law, Bloomsbury

Recommendations


“He is an all-rounder, who is superb at whatever he turns his hand to.”

Legal 500, 2017

“He has a razor-sharp intellect.”

Legal 500, 2017

“A rising star of the product liability Bar who has already earned himself prominent admirers among his peers.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He’s an extremely intelligent, hard-working and sensible barrister.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“A very detailed and focused counsel, who never misses a trick.”

Legal 500 2015

“He has a superb intellect, and outshines his contemporaries.”

Legal 500 2015


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