Robert Harland is a mixed civil and public law practitioner. He has significant experience in judicial review and human rights cases and is a member of the Treasury Solicitor’s Panel of Civil Counsel (B panel). He frequently appears in the Administrative Court, both in permission and substantive hearings. He is skilled in immigration work, including country guidance cases. He is a member of the CPS panel of specialist extradition counsel (level 2).
He regularly acts in fast and multi-track civil claims, including clinical negligence, historic sex abuse claims, product liability and claims involving allegations of fraud.
He also has an expertise in complex inquiries and inquests. Rob acted on behalf of South Staffordshire PCT throughout the long running inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. He has acted on behalf of families and institutions in a number of Article 2 inquests involving alleged failings by mental health trusts and emergency services, as well as inquests into defective products and systemic failings in clinical and educational settings.
Rob has acted for Claimants and Defendants in a number of cases including: obstetric negligence, wrong or delayed diagnosis, orthopaedic and surgical negligence. He is experienced in the negotiation, quantification and other case management of high value claims. His extensive time working on the Mid Stafford Public Inquiry has given him expertise in NHS policy and practice and he is frequently instructed in inquests which scrutinise the quality of medical treatment received.
Rob regularly acts in fast track and multi track claims, instructed by both Claimants and Defendants in employers’ and occupiers’ liability, as well as road traffic and highways claims.
He has particular experience in historic sexual abuse claims and claims involving allegations of fraud. He has also acted in contempt of court proceedings in the High Court involving individuals who had brought false personal injury claims.
He has written and given talks on civil practice, including co-authoring the Solicitors Journal “Expert Witness Update” for 2012.
Rob has been involved in actions against the police under the Human Rights Act and in common law negligence for failures to relay information obtained in a 999 call, and to investigate widespread child sexual exploitation.
Rob is frequently instructed in historic sexual abuse cases, and is able to provide practical advice on the strategies for bringing what are often complex and difficult claims. His experience includes cases involving: abuse within care homes (including group litigation); failures to remove children from abusive environments; and systemic failures to investigate or protect children from exploitation and abuse. He has provided seminars on the law and practice of bringing such claims.
Rob is regularly instructed in inquests, both by families and by other interested parties, and is very familiar with coronial law. Inquests include: road traffic deaths, deaths on railways, deaths in custody and death in a nursery setting. He has also been involved in a number of significant Article 2 inquests.
Rob has significant experience of allegedly fraudulent claims, including Low Velocity Impacts and complex cases where large scale criminal conspiracy is alleged. He also has experience of representing defendants in contempt of court actions following fraudulent claims.
Rob has been instructed by the Ministry of Defence in a number of cases of alleged negligence, and is experienced in the MOD’s practice and procedure.
Rob has acted in a number of product liability cases, including advising in relation to white goods and hip replacements. He is experienced in drafting product liability particulars of claim and advising on strategy and tactics.
Rob is a member of the Treasury Solicitor’s C Panel. He has substantial experience in the Administrative Court, both in permission and substantive hearings. He is very familiar with immigration work, and has acted for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the country guidance case of AES (Libya) v SSHD.
Rob acted on behalf of South Staffordshire PCT throughout the long running inquiry into the role of commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies in relation to failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which gave him particular expertise in inquiry practice and procedure.
He has been instructed to act on behalf of families in a number of Article 2 inquests involving alleged failings by mental health trusts and emergency services. He is also involved in a series of inquests into deaths caused by defective products.
Rob is very experienced in the Administrative Court, whether in judicial review or extradition proceedings. He regularly appears in permission and substantive hearings, in reviews of immigration decisions, unlawful detention and challenges to the lawfulness of policy.
Rob was instructed in the inquiry into the role of commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies at Mid Stafford NHS Foundation Trust, and attended daily on behalf of a key Core Participant. He is expert in the law and procedure of Public Inquiries, and skilled in dealing with complex cases involving vast amounts of disclosure. He has since provided advice to a number of bodies on inquiry law, and has provided seminars on the subject.
Rob has been instructed on behalf of the family and other Interested Parties in a large number of Article 2 inquests, including in particular claims involving: deaths in custody; deaths of mental health patients; and deaths potentially contributed to by the emergency services.
Rob accepts instructions in regulatory and disciplinary work and has acted as a legal advisor to the panel in police misconduct hearings.
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