Barrister Rose Harvey-Sullivan

Rose Harvey-Sullivan

Year of call: 2015  

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“fantastic to work with… always well prepared for hearings and clients have commented on how at ease she has made them feel”

Hollie Wright, Hamlins LLP

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Overview


Rose enjoys a busy practice encompassing a range of chambers’ specialities. She is trained to conduct cases on a direct access basis.

She studied English Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge, graduating with a First Class degree. She then completed the GDL and BPTC at Kaplan Law School, obtaining the second highest mark in the year for the GDL.
Rose’s advocacy has been praised by Judges in Court as “clear and confident…[she] courageously and attractively advanced [her] cause” (Kingston Crown Court). Solicitors have commented that she is “fantastic to work with… she has always been well prepared for hearings and clients have commented on how at ease she has made them feel” (Mullis & Peake).

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rose worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as part of the Rule of Law team at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (the German government’s development agency). She undertook research in conjunction with the Bangladeshi government into legislative reform, including regarding bail. She also assisted in running a country-wide awareness campaign on how incarceration can affect women and girls.

Rose is currently instructed as counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She is working as part of a small team under Richard Millett QC with a focus on calling evidence from survivors, bereaved family members, and residents of the Grenfell Tower.

Memberships:

  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

Scholarships & Awards:

  • Princess Royal Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Exhibition Award (Inner Temple)
  • Postgraduate Winner, John Howard Essay Prize (Howard League for Penal Reform)
  • GDL Prize (Kaplan Law School)
  • GDL Scholarship (Kaplan Law School)
  • President’s Subject Prize for English Literature (Queens’ College, Cambridge)
  • Foundation Scholarship (Queens’ College, Cambridge)
  • Choral Scholar (Queens’ College, Cambridge)
Personal Injury

Personal Injury


Rose regularly represents both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi track trials and hearings in the County Courts and High Courts. She has experience in a range of employers’, occupiers’ and product liability matters. She also has a busy paperwork practice and regularly advises on liability, evidence and quantum. Rose also frequently drafts pleadings in a range of civil disputes. She is also instructed to conduct appeals both regarding liability and quantum.

She recently represented a Defendant in a fast track trial where a child claimant’s solicitors had failed to file evidence on the child’s behalf with regard to liability (which was in issue). Rose successfully argued that, despite the mother and litigation friend attending trial with a witness statement, the claimant should not be entitled to rely on such evidence in proceedings, resulting in the matter being dismissed in her client’s favour.

Additionally, she has experience with historic abuse claims, including drafting advices and pleadings. During pupillage she assisted Adam Weitzman QC in defending a Local Authority against an allegation that they were vicariously liable for sustained and serious abuse by foster parents against foster children, and latterly in a quantum hearing in respect of a severely psychiatrically affected claimant who, since being abused, had developed significant drug issues and an extensive criminal history.

Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence


Rose has a keen interest in clinical negligence work and accepts instructions to draft advices, pleadings and schedules of loss. Her clinical negligence work is informed by the 6 months she spent seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2017, where she conducted back-to-back trials regarding the conduct of nurses and midwives. Rose quickly came to be considered as a particularly capable advocate by the Council and by Panel Members, and she was allocated complex cases. Several of these trials lasted two weeks or longer and involved expert witnesses.

She spent four months of her pupillage in 2016 gaining experience in this area, supervised by William Chapman; during this time she worked on complex clinical negligence matters, including in product liability claims for defective medical equipment and treatments.

Child & Family

Child & Family


Rose accepts instructions in respect of public and private children proceedings including care proceedings, domestic abuse matters and in applications (including ex parte and urgent applications) for child arrangements orders, residence orders, occupation orders and prohibited steps orders. She appears for Local Authorities, parents and for children.

Rose recently represented a father with a murder conviction in lengthy private law children proceedings; he faced allegations of serious domestic abuse and the mother had made seven different applications, some of them ex parte, over a period of 10 months. She was seeking to prevent the father having contact with her and the parties’ children. Following the five-day fact-find, all the mother’s applications were dismissed, with the Judge making negative findings against the mother’s conduct. The father was granted extensive contact with his two children, and Rose secured a two-year banning order against the mother, preventing her making further applications without the Court’s permission. She also obtained a costs order against the mother for part of the proceedings.

Rose has a good deal of experience in direct access family law matters, and recently successfully represented a mother of Spanish nationality who made a application to relocate with her child to Spain, which was resisted by the father (a British national). In advance of the trial she provided advice to the mother in relation to additional evidence she should obtain and file, including highly relevant medical information. This evidence then played a pivotal role in the Judge’s decision to allow the application.

In 2016 Rose was instructed to assist Rachel Langdale QC in representing a Local Authority at the Court of Appeal. The case considered the rights of prospective adopters compared to the rights of biological family members. The Local Authority supported the position of the prospective adopters, who were successful in their appeal of the first instance decision.

In March 2016 Rose co-authored No Substitute with Justin Slater for the Family Law Journal, which considers the role of Section 20 Agreements between Local Authorities and parents of children deemed to be at risk.

 

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Regulatory & Professional Discipline


Rose accepts instructions in relation to any medical and nursing regulatory work, both for and against the Regulator.

In 2017 Rose was seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for 6 months, where she conducted back-to-back trials regarding the conduct of nurses and midwives. She quickly came to be considered as a particularly capable advocate by the Council and by Panel Members, and she was allocated complex cases. Several of these trials lasted two weeks or longer.

She now regularly conducts substantive hearings with regard to issues of misconduct, lack of competence, health and other potential impairments to nurses’ fitness to practise. This includes working with expert witnesses.

As part of this she gained valuable experience in drafting documents to be used at consensual panel determinations and for use in substantive hearings.

Public Law

Public Law


Rose has a particular interest in public law and accepts instructions on behalf of protected parties, family members and local authorities in respect of Court of Protection proceedings, matters in the SEND Tribunal (with respect to special educational needs and disability law) and at inquests.

She has successfully obtained more favourable conditions for several protected parties in Court of Protection cases. When at court, her practice is to focus on facilitating practical and collaborative discussions with other parties to ensure that Ps’ interests are promoted first and foremost, where possible without resulting in conflict.

Rose volunteered part-time as a classroom assistant at a special educational needs school for several years, so is particularly well-placed to understand and represent parties in matters in the SEND Tribunal and where protected parties have complex personal and educational needs.

She is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, the Discrimination Law Association and the Human Rights Lawyers Association. Rose also accepts instructions from the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Rose is currently instructed as counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She is working as part of a small team under Richard Millett QC with a focus on calling evidence from survivors, bereaved family members, and residents of the Grenfell Tower.

Court of Protection

Court of Protection


Rose has a particular interest in the Court of Protection and enjoys a busy practice in this area. Whilst most of her work relates to welfare cases, she also undertakes cases in respect of deputyships and attorneys.

She is instructed on behalf of protected parties, a range of Local Authorities, and the Official Solicitor. As well as at substantive hearings, Rose has represented parties in hearings in respect of costs.

When at court, Rose’s practice is to focus on facilitating practical and collaborative discussions with other parties to ensure that Ps’ interests are promoted first and foremost, where possible without resulting in conflict. However, given her experience in public family law, Rose is well used to dealing with fact-finds when necessary.

Inquests & Inquiries

Inquests & Inquiries


Rose accepts instructions in respect of both inquests and public inquiries.

Rose currently represents a number of families in coronial proceedings, covering matters from mental health difficulties to complex medical inquests involving co-morbidities. Her experience with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and her clinical negligence practice both inform her coronial work; she is able to consider and analyse complex medical situations quickly, and hone in on the key issues in cases at an early stage. This proves particularly useful at Pre-Inquest Reviews when seeking additional medical or expert evidence.

Rose is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. She is working as part of the team under Richard Millett QC with a focus on calling evidence from survivors, bereaved family members, and residents of the Grenfell Tower.


How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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