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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)

Clinical Negligence

Harry acts for Claimants, the NHSR and the defence unions. He has a heavyweight clinical negligence practice encompassing claims in, inter alia, the fields of neurosurgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, orthopaedics and cardiology.

He prides himself on a sophisticated understanding of paediatric issues and has done a number of such cases. For example, 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).

He is frequently instructed in high value and complex clinical negligence litigation such as those listed below:

Selected Cases

  • F: Conducting a 4 day trial in an oncological case against a leading QC. The trial judge remarked that the parties were represented by “one silk, and one potential silk”.
  • M: Acted for the Claimant in this amputation case (with quantification involving 7 expert disciplines) which settled minutes before Harry’s opening speech when the Defendant accepted his Part 36 offer. Harry had conduct throughout, had attended two RTMs, and rejected two high offers before the Defendant eventually “blinked first”.
  • L: This case concerns the failure of a state-of-the-art “custom” knee replacement. Harry acts for one of the foremost knee surgeons in custom knee implants in the country. It is a good example of the interaction between his product liability practice and clinical negligence practice. After drafting a robust and technical 35 page defence, all allegations relating to surgical technique were promptly withdrawn.
  • R: Acting for the NHS without a leader, Harry settled this highly complex paediatric claim with a full pleaded value of circa £5M.
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Recommendations


“Harry fights his corner hard.” “He is at his best when handling cases with complex and novel legal issues.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“His depth of PI knowledge is exceptional and he is especially helpful on quantum… A thorough, hard-working barrister”

Legal 500 2018

“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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