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Harriet Jerram has specialised in clinical negligence and personal injury for over 20 years.
Her clinical negligence practice covers all areas of medical specialism and she receives instructions from Claimants and Defendants.
Harriet has significant expertise in inquests, representing families, healthcare Trusts and insurers. She has particular experience of inquests concerning deaths during psychiatric and other hospital treatment.
Harriet has extensive experience of public inquiry work, including the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry, the Shipman Inquiry and the Neale Inquiry. Between 2014 and 2016 she was Co-Counsel to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.
In all areas, Harriet’s focus is on achieving the best results for her clients whilst remaining approachable and compassionate. She is known for her client care, and for making the complexities of litigation readily understandable to her lay clients. Harriet is a tenacious negotiator and particularly enjoys representing clients at settlement meetings.
She has been ranked for a number of years by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in clinical negligence and/or Inquiries and Inquests.
Since starting in practice, Harriet has had a niche personal injury practice, specialising in Animals Act claims. She has particular experience of representing Defendants in equine cases, successfully defending dozens of cases at trial.
Notable recent case:
VPS v RH : representing the Defendant in an Animals Act case arising out of a fall from a horse at a racing stables, resulting in spinal injury. Allegations of fraud were mounted against the Claimant, resulting in acceptance of an old Part 36 offer of £150,000, against a pleaded claim of £4.2m. Indemnity costs were secured for the Defendant.
- Spanish (intermediate)
Harriet Jerram is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Personal Injury
- Child & Adult Abuse
- International Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
- Mental Health
“Fantastic at putting vulnerable witnesses at ease and bringing a sense of calm to a potentially intimidating environment for witnesses.” Inquests & Inquiries, Legal 500 2021
“Shows brilliant technical ability combined with common sense. She is a very safe pair of hands for the most complex medical negligence case and is also brilliant with clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021
“She is excellent at teasing out the subtle issues which can make or break a case.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020
“A fantastic asset to any case with a fine eye for detail.” Inquests and Inquiries, Legal 500 2020
“She is extremely thorough and is a reassuring presence on any case.” Legal 500 2019
“Extremely thorough and reliable.” Inquests & Inquiries, Legal 500 2017
“She is excellent with clients, approachable and sympathetic.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017
“Thorough, effective and realistic as to what can be achieved.” Legal 500 2016
“She is fantastic with clients – her sympathetic demeanour means they feel she’s completely on their side. She takes great interest and pride in the outcome of a case. You know she’s got your back and it’s very reassuring to have her involved.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015
“She has excellent technical ability and a very practical approach, focusing on what the client wants to achieve.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015
“She is able to think outside the box in order to achieve the best result for clients.” Inquests & Inquiries, Legal 500 2015
“She is exceptionally good with clients, and very comprehensive in her preparation.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014
“She is not afraid of a challenge, and will take educated risks.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014
“Quick to identify the key issues and make them comprehensible to her clients.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2013