Barrister Rose Harvey-Sullivan

Rose Harvey-Sullivan

Year of call: 2015  


“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



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.


  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Inquest Lawyers Group
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (Rose also sits on the PIBA committee)

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.


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.

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 decisions, she is also instructed in cases in respect of property and affairs, especially in respect of deputyships and powers of attorney.

She is instructed on behalf of protected parties (including by the Official Solicitor), wider family members, a range of Local Authorities, and NHS bodies.

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.

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.


  • Inquest Lawyers Group

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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