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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 clinical negligence, inquests, mental capacity and mental health, personal injury and family law.  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. 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 a General Editor and Contributor of Coroners’ Inquests and Investigations, published in March 2021 by LexisNexis (https://tinyurl.com/vytkbbfc)

Rose is qualified to accept instructions directly from clients and is registered under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme, meaning that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her. In addition, she welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.  For more information please visit our Direct Access page here.

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 and has a wealth of advocacy experience in these contexts. She has conducted trials in a variety 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. Ongoing cases include a claim brought by the family of a taxi driver who died as a result of a defective vehicle provided by his employer and representation of a woman lacking capacity who suffered serious injuries as a result of inadequate supervision in a care home.

Rose has also been instructed as a junior in very high value personal injury cases. One such case involves complex mental capacity / best interests issues including whether the claimant, who lacks capacity, should be required to undergo medical testing for potential hereditary illnesses which would substantially affect quantum.  Rose’s experience in the Court of Protection is invaluable in such instances.

Rose also advises both claimants and defendants on civil and human rights 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.


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.

Recent cases include misdiagnosis and mistreatment of various cancers; negligent revision surgery to hips, wrists and knees; lack of consent; negligent treatment of clients at sexual health clinics; negligent treatment leading to extensive pressure ulcers; dentistry cases; and negligent lack of supervision of a client residing in a care home.

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 is particularly experienced in inquest matters and is a General Editor and co-contributor of Coroners’ Inquests and Investigations, published in March 2021 by LexisNexis (https://tinyurl.com/vytkbbfc). Rose’s inquest and family work also means she is unusually experienced for her level of call at cross-examining experts.

Rose 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 is presently instructed as a junior to Simeon Maskrey QC in respect of a very high value claim arising from negligence at a claimant’s birth, leading to cerebral palsy.

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.


Family Law

Rose accepts instructions in respect of public and private children proceedings including care proceedings and in 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 regularly appears in the High Court in international family law cases, and has particular experience of applications to relocate children to other countries. In these contexts she has dealt with matters relating to countries both within and outside of the Hague Convention.

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.

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, special guardianship 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.

Example cases

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 ([2019] EWHC 2334 (Fam)). 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 continues to represent a client with a murder conviction in private proceedings regarding child arrangements orders. Her client was accused by his former partner of various forms of abuse; after a lengthy fact-find, all allegations were dismissed and criticism was in fact made of the ex-partner. Rose’s client was granted extensive contact with his children. After further unnecessary proceedings were brought against her client, Rose succeeded in obtaining Barring and Costs Orders against the ex-partner.

Rose recently represented a client in successfully defending an application by his ex-wife to permanently relocate to India with their child. The wife had unilaterally left the UK for India at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown with the child despite the application still pending, and had settled there with a new partner. Rose succeeded in persuading the court that the child should be returned to the UK in order to maintain a relationship with both parents.


Public Law

Rose accepts instructions to work on public inquiries and in 2018-2019 worked as junior counsel to the Grenfell Inquiry where she 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 also advises and represents clients in respect of judicial reviews which arise in other areas of her practice. For instance Rose has advised family members as to the options for judicially reviewing decisions taken by NHS Trusts not to treat particular patients. She has also advised on judicial review in respect of various decisions taken by Local Authorities as part of care proceedings.


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, wider family members, a range of Local Authorities, and NHS bodies.

Whilst most of her work relates to welfare decisions such as issues regarding medical treatment or decisions over where P should live, 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 as a result of her strong Family Court experience.

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 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.

Rose is a General Editor and Contributor of Coroners’ Inquests and Investigations, published in March 2021 by LexisNexis (https://tinyurl.com/vytkbbfc).

Rose regularly accepts pro bono instructions through INQUEST and Advocate.

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. She continues to accept instructions in respect of public inquiries


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

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