Barrister Rose Harvey

Rose Harvey

Year of call: 2015  


“Composed, eloquent, but also so very pleasant to deal with. A real star!”




Rose joined chambers in October 2016 after successful completion of pupillage and has enjoyed a busy practice encompassing a wide range of chambers’ specialities.  She is currently on secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she conducts substantive hearings in regulatory proceedings.  This involves examination and cross-examination of expert witnesses and requires analysis of complex medical evidence.

Rose 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 Rose 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.



  • 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 Clinical Negligence Child & Family Crime Regulatory & Professional Discipline Public Law Commercial

Personal Injury

Rose represents both claimants and defendants in 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 accepts instructions to advise on liability, evidence and quantum and to draft pleadings in a range of civil disputes.

Additionally, Rose 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

Rose has a keen interest in clinical negligence and accepts instructions to draft advices, pleadings and schedules of loss. She spent four months of her pupillage gaining experience in this area, supervised by William Chapman; during this time Rose worked on complex clinical negligence matters, including in product liability claims for defective medical equipment and treatments.


Child & Family

Rose accepts instructions in respect of public and private children proceedings including care proceedings, domestic abuse matters and in applications for child arrangements orders, residence orders, occupation orders and prohibited steps orders.  She has appeared for Local Authorities and for parents.

Rose recently acted for a father in lengthy adoption proceedings with a number of complicating factors, including that her client was based in Bulgaria (though was not an EU national) and was not initially on his child’s birth certificate.  Rose’s client gave lengthy evidence during a week-long hearing via video link and was allowed more time by the Court to attempt to reach the UK to be assessed as a carer for his child.

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.

Rose recently represented a father with a murder conviction in lengthy private law children proceedings; he faced allegations of domestic abuse and the mother had made seven different applications 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 final hearing, all her 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.

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.


Rose is frequently instructed to appear in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts on the London, South-East and Midlands circuits. She regularly prosecutes in matters on the Midlands Circuit and in Essex.  Rose has successfully conducted trials in a number of areas including assaults, domestic violence and a range of driving matters. Rose has experience in a variety of Crown Court interim hearings, applications and POCA Proceedings. Rose has also conducted appeals against sentence.

Rose accepts instructions as a junior and is currently instructed as prosecuting junior in a complex drug conspiracy case with 10 defendants. The trial is expected to last two to three months.

During pupillage Rose spent four months with Gareth Weetman. This included work on a large-scale complex fraud in which Gareth was instructed alongside Collingwood Thompson QC to represent the second of five defendants accused of setting up an £89 million tax fraud film scheme. Rose also assisted in the prosecution of a defendant accused of the murder of a vulnerable elderly man. The case involved complex medical causation issues after the defence alleged that negligent medical treatment had broken the chain of causation between the defendant’s assault of the victim and his death.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Rose is currently on secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  She 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.

She is also gaining valuable experience in drafting documents to be used at consensual panel determinations and for use in substantive hearings.

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.

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.

Rose also accepts instructions with regard to prison law. Having worked in prison reform for the German Government in Bangladesh, prior to pupillage, this is an area in which she has some experience and considerable interest.

Rose is a member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, the Discrimination Law Association and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.


Rose has a busy commercial practice and regularly represents claimants in matters in the county courts, including in trials and at a variety of preliminary hearings such as applications for strike out and summary judgment. As well as appearing in Court, Rose accepts instructions to draft all kinds of pleadings and is available to advise on merits, quantum and evidence, including in matters for and against Local Authorities.

Rose has experience representing both claimants and defendants in a variety of property matters such as contested possession hearings, applications for Orders for Sale and squatting issues, as well as enforcement of existing Orders.

How to get in touch

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