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Jack Harris

Call 2006

jharris@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

Practice Overview

Jack specialises in property damage, personal injury, professional negligence and sports law cases. He regularly appears in the High Court and County Court and acts for both claimants and defendants.

Personal Injury

Jack has a broad personal injury practice covering catastrophic injury (including complex spinal injury and chronic pain cases); employer’s liability (including occupational disease); occupiers’ liability and defective premises; Highways Act cases; accidents abroad; RTAs (including fraudulent claims, declarations for policy avoidance, low velocity impact, credit hire issues and acting for the Motor Insurers’ Bureau); the Animals Act; and product liability claims.

Jack also has considerable experience in claims involving prisons and secure institutions (both publically and privately run), including claims arising out of physical and sexual assault, negligent supervision, conversion of property, bailment and false imprisonment.

 

Recent instructions of note include:

 

  • Claim arising from road traffic accident involving vintage 1902 Oldsmobile car on London to Brighton veterans car rally (ongoing);
  • Multi-party litigation arising out of the 130 car crash on the Isle of Sheppey Bridge in September 2013 (ongoing);
  • Fatal accident claim arising from rollaway on HGV site (High Court, QBD, ongoing);
  • Claim for £500,000 for lifelong knee injuries arising from alleged defective highway (ongoing);
  • Claim arising from serious fall down stairs at restaurant causing moderately severe brain injury (ongoing);
  • Claim by prisoner in assault and battery following allegedly unauthorized and illegal use of control and restraint techniques during forced cell clearance (ongoing);
  • Claim for £400,000 for serious injury to the penis/urethra following road traffic accident (settled);
  • Claim for £250,000 for chronic pain in spine following fall on ice at work (settled);
  • Claim for £1,100,000 for catastrophic arm/elbow injury following road traffic accident (settled);
  • Claim for £300,000 for head injuries and associated cognitive impairment following road traffic accident (settled);
  • Claim for accidental amputation of finger in industrial injury arising from alleged negligent provision of work tool (Worcester County Court);
  • Claim arising from accident in Spain when metal gate fell on visitor causing fractures to spinal vertebra, arguments of res ipsa loquitur (Manchester County Court, Recorder Sefton QC);
  • Claim against London bus company for injuries following alleged negligent stowage of wheelchair (8 day trial at Central London County Court, HHJ Wulwik);
  • Claim by prisoner for alleged breach of bailment following loss of high value jewellery during prison transfer (Northampton County Court, Recorder Le Poidevin QC).
Commercial Law

Jack has wide experience of claims involving banks and commercial lenders, including cases concerning disputed cheques, restitution of banking payments made in mistake, the enforcement of guarantees, disputed hire and hire purchase agreements, alleged illegal bank charges and breaches of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. He also has extensive experience of claims concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, including claims for civil recovery orders over illegally obtained assets and applications against financial institutions for production orders, property freezing orders and customer information orders.

He frequently represents parties in bankruptcy petitions, winding up petitions and applications for charging orders.

He also has wide experience of general contractual disputes, including claims involving the sale and supply of goods and services and credit hire litigation.

Professional Negligence

Jack has experience of actions for and against various professionals including pharmacists, doctors, builders, surveyors and lawyers.

Recent cases of note include:

 

  • Claim against solicitor and barrister for allegedly negligent failure to comply with court directions (ongoing);
  • Claim against loss adjuster in respect of alleged negligent advice as to property underpinning scheme (High Court, TCC, settled);
  • Claim against engine repair specialists for allegedly negligent repair of high performance sports car causing catastrophic engine failure.
Property Damage

Jack is regularly instructed in claims relating to damage from fire, subsidence, falling trees, flooding and noxious spillages.

Recent and other property damage cases of note include:

 

  • Claim arising from flood of suburb following failure of flood defence system (Oldcorn v Southern Water Services Ltd [2017] EWHC 460 (TCC), with Neil Moody QC);
  • Defence of utility company following catastrophic fire to domestic premises allegedly arising from faulty work to electricity pylon (High Court, TCC, ongoing);
  • Claim for £700,000 damages arising from tree roots subsidence including cost of disputed underpinning, proper scope of Delaware Mansions defence (High Court, TCC, ongoing);
  • Claim for tree roots subsidence damage to domestic property from highway tree, defence of social amenity (County Court, ongoing);
  • Claim for damage to domestic properties from fall of mature ash tree during storm (County Court, ongoing);
  • Claim against professional property developer following flood of property from allegedly defective plumbing works (County Court, ongoing);
  • Multiple linked product liability claims from homeowners following large scale oil leak from domestic storage tank through allegedly defective valve (TCC, settled);
  • Claim against insurance company for major structural damage to farmhouse allegedly arising from subsidence, disputed policy coverage (High Court, Commercial Court, settled);
  • Claim against home insurer for breach of insurance policy following flood of domestic property arising from alleged drainage leak (High Court, TCC, settled);
  • Claim turning on scope of duty of bank to provide documentation to policyholder on renewal of household insurance policy (Thakerar v Lloyds TSB Insurance & Others[2012] EWHC 1875 (Comm)).
Sport

Jack has an extensive sports law practice, with particular emphasis on claims in motor sport, golf and football.

 

Recent sports law cases of note include:

 

  • Claim on permanent disablement insurance policy by former Premier League and international professional footballer (with Howard Palmer QC), (High Court, ongoing);
  • Claim arising from collision involving a 1902 vintage Oldsmobile car in the London to Brighton veterans car rally (ongoing);
  • Claim arising from negligent tackle during schoolboy rugby union training session causing alleged lifelong injuries (High Court, settled);
  • Claim for loss of earnings by semi-professional footballer following alleged career-ending injuries sustained in road traffic accident (ongoing);
  • Claim against professional judo instructor in respect of alleged negligent instruction (ongoing);
  • Claim against pitch owner for injury to goalkeeper arising out of allegedly dangerous surface of Astroturf pitch (ongoing);
  • Claim against indoor ski centre for injury to skier arising from allegedly dangerous design and/or management of indoor ski centre;
  • Claim by professional jockey who suffered fractured spine as a result of dangerous surface of gallop (settled).

 

See also the following articles of note by Jack:

 

  • Treeing off! How to mitigate liability for claims against sports clubs and grounds relating to fallen trees” LawInSport, April 2017;
  • A sporting chance” – New Law Journal, Volume 162, Issue 7532 – on the potential growth of vicarious liability for player’s torts on the part of amateur sports clubs.

Jack has also lectured in sports law for MBL seminars.