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Instructing Rose Harvey-Sullivan

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Rose Harvey-Sullivan enjoys a busy practice encompassing a range of chambers’ specialities including mental capacity and mental health, personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests and family law.

These practice areas complement one another; they frequently involve sensitive handling of clients with particular or additional needs, engagement with (and cross-examination of) medical experts and expert reports, and work with those who lack capacity. Having a multi-disciplinary practice means that Rose often brings additional perspectives and expertise to a particular instruction, to the benefit of her client.

Clients have commented that ‘her cross-examination skills were simply brilliant… She gave us realistic expectations and we believe that we would not have won our case without her’. Rose’s advocacy has been praised by judges as ‘clear and confident… she courageously and attractively advanced her cause’. Solicitors have further stated 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’.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Rose studied English Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and worked in prison reform in Bangladesh for the German government’s development agency.

Rose frequently acts for clients on a pro bono basis, including through Advocate and the Inquest Lawyers Group. She is also currently working with the Prisoners Advice Service to create a handbook for male prisoners seeking to apply for contact with their children.

Rose is co-author of the 2019 and 2020 APIL Lexis Nexis loose-leaf chapter on Inquests.

Rose accepts certain cases on a direct access basis (i.e. she can be directly instructed by members of the public). Please contact her clerks for more detail in this regard.

Legal Expertise

Personal Injury

Rose regularly represents both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi-track trials and hearings in the County and High Courts. She has varied trial 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 in cases involving six figure sums. Rose also frequently drafts pleadings in a range of civil disputes. Rose is also instructed to conduct appeals both regarding liability and quantum.

Rose is presently instructed as a junior to a silk in a very high value personal injury case involving complex mental capacity issues which significantly affect quantum.  Rose is part of the team representing the claimant, who does not have capacity to conduct proceedings themselves; Rose’s experience in the Court of Protection is invaluable in such instances.

Rose also has experience with historic abuse claims, including drafting advices and pleadings.


Clinical Negligence

Rose has a keen interest in clinical negligence work and accepts instructions both in respect of advocacy and paperwork, including advices, drafting pleadings and schedules of loss.

 

As a result of Rose’s experience in the Court of Protection she is particularly adept at representing and advising clients who lack capacity and is alive to the sensitivities and additional considerations such claims can bring.

 

Rose frequently acts in linked clinical negligence and inquest proceedings on behalf of families; she has a particular interest in mental health, and is often instructed to act in claims / inquests where the deceased was dealing with serious mental health issues at the time of death and was receiving care from mental health units or community teams.

Rose also advises both claimants and defendants on civil claims for damages in respect of unlawful detentions under the Mental Health Act.  Rose has also previously advised in this capacity under the comparable Jersey law.

Rose’s clinical negligence work is informed both 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. Several trials lasted two weeks or longer and involved expert witnesses. Rose also routinely cross-examines expert witnesses in public family proceedings.  Rose is therefore adept at exploring and challenging the evidence of experts both in conference and at trial.


Family Law

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, forced marriage protection orders and prohibited steps orders. She appears for Local Authorities, parents and for children. Rose has also appeared in the High Court in international family law cases.

Rose has a busy practice in the Court of Protection working with clients who lack capacity and so is well-placed to represent parents with disabilities or additional needs.

In 2019 Rose appeared pro bono before the President of the Family Division on behalf of an intervenor in an international stranding case, alongside three silks. Her client, an aunt, was accused of abusing her nephews and nieces. Following a two-week trial the findings sought against Rose’s client were dismissed.

Rose has a good deal of experience in direct access family law matters relating to children/custody, in particular in respect of child arrangement orders, specific issue orders and proposed relocations, both domestic and international. She has previously obtained barring orders and costs orders against opposing parties in private law proceedings on behalf of her clients.


Public Law

Rose 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 has also advised family members as to the options for judicially reviewing decisions taken by NHS Trusts not to treat particular patients.
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 is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, and accepts pro bono instructions from Advocate and the Inquest Lawyers Group.


Public Law

Rose 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 has also advised family members as to the options for judicially reviewing decisions taken by NHS Trusts not to treat particular patients.

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 is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, and accepts pro bono instructions from Advocate and the Inquest Lawyers Group.


Court of Protection

Rose has a particular interest in the Court of Protection and has established a busy practice in this area. She is instructed on behalf of protected parties (including by the Official Solicitor), wider family members, a range of Local Authorities, and NHS bodies.

Whilst most of her work relates to welfare decisions, Rose is also instructed in cases in respect of property and affairs, especially in respect of deputyships and powers of attorney. She also receives instruction in cases invoking the inherent jurisdiction in respect of children with special needs, and Rose is particularly adept at representing young people in Court of Protection proceedings.

Rose also advises both claimants and defendants on civil claims for damages in respect of unlawful detentions under the Mental Health Act.  Rose has also previously advised in this capacity under the comparable Jersey law.

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.

Rose’s considerable experience of medical evidence as part of her clinical negligence practice informs her Court of Protection work. This means she is well able to work with, and if necessary challenge, evidence in cases involving significant or complex medical treatment.

Rose is a member of the Court of Protection Bar Association.


Inquests & Inquiries

Rose accepts instructions in respect of both inquests and inquiries. Rose is presently representing a number of families in coronial proceedings, covering matters from apparent suicides to complex medical inquests involving co-morbidities, including in respect of new-borns.

Her experience and interest in the fields of mental health and mental capacity is particularly helpful in inquests into the deaths of individuals suffering from mental health difficulties.

Rose routinely represents the families of those who died in custody, including in prison; her previous experience working in prison reform is of assistance in this regard.

Through 2018 and 2019 Rose was instructed as junior counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and took an active role as part of a small team of counsel assisting in preparing and calling evidence from survivors and relatives, and drafting the report, during phase one of the Inquiry.

Rose regularly accepts pro bono instructions through the Inquest Lawyers Group.

Rose is co-author of the 2019-2020 APIL Lexis Nexis loose-leaf chapter on Inquests and is an editor of the upcoming Lexis Nexis textbook on Coronial Investigations and Inquests.

 


  • Court of Protection Bar Association
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Family Law Bar Association to memberships

Instructing Rose Harvey-Sullivan

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