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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 and Partners, 2017)

Personal Injury

Harry is recognised in the directories as a leading practitioner, with the Legal 500 describing him in the following terms:

‘His depth of PI knowledge is exceptional and he is especially helpful on quantum.’

He is on the Consulting Editorial Board of LexisNexis for Personal Injury and a chapter contributor to APIL’s personal injury law, practice and precedents.

Harry acts for both Claimants and Defendants across in cases of the utmost value and across all areas of personal injury including workplace accidents, public liability and RTAs.

Harry is also one of the leading juniors at the Bar when it comes to the crossover between personal injury and human rights and human trafficking. Arguably the two leading cases on trafficking, Galdikas [2016] EWHC 1376 (QB) and Antuzis [2019] EWHC 843 (QB), are both “his” cases; and Harry was also a part of a group of specialist trafficking lawyers which convened and provided written advice to the Lords on the introduction of the Modern Slavery Bill (now Modern Slavery Act 2015).

In the field of human rights, Harry was instructed in the case of Kamoka v Security Services (see e.g. [2019] EWHC 290 (QB)). The case concerned Libyans seeking damages for their detention between pending deportation to Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya under the deportation with assurances programme (DWA) and on the basis of documents showing the UK security services were at the time involved in unlawful rendition. Harry was the sole personal injury practitioner for the Claimants in circumstances where the other side had instructed a number of counsel including a QC. He carried out a similar role, being brought in as the personal injury expert in a human rights context, in the case of alleged rendition/torture case of Ali v MOD & FCO (see e.g. [2019] EWHC 3172 (QB)). He also appeared for the Defendant, News Group Newspapers, in a team of counsel in the matter of Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Ltd EWHC 2692 (Ch) an authority in this context dealing with the interplay between admissions and disclosure, as well as aggravated damages. Mutua v FCO (the “Mau Mau” litigation”) and Guerrero v Montericco & Another (the “Peruvian Miners” litigation) are two further cases in which he was instructed. Many of these cases also have an international element, with which Harry is familiar. In 2011 Harry successfully took a case on the interplay between personal injury and state immunity to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Nigeria v Ogbonna [2012] 1 W.L.R. 139).

Harry has an interest in historic sex abuse cases. By way of example H v F was a contested liability trial in which Harry succeeded in both limitation and liability, achieving significant damages, whilst 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’. In 2013 he published The undesired desirable solution, an article in PILJ which examined the powers and duties of civil courts faced with an unrepresented sexual abuser who wishes to cross examine his or her victim in person.

Selected Cases

  • Catastrophic PI Example: B was a multi-million pound brain injury claim after the claimant was catastrophically injured in an RTA. The claimant was aged just 22 at the time of the accident and sustained a severe head injury with associated traumatic brain injury. Harry was led by Head of Chambers, Richard Lynagh QC.
  • Employer’s Liability Example: Harry represented industry giant Tata steel. He co-defended alongside more experienced counsel and yet took the lead in conducting the cross examination and closing speech. Harry’s client was successful on all issues following a 2 day trial.
  • Trafficking Example: As well as the reported cases listed above, Harry has recently been instructed in a further high profile trafficking matter concerning forced labour and modern day slavery.
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Qualifications


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

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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