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Roger Harris

Call 1996

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

"A very responsive and calm barrister who can quickly home in on the crucial aspects of factual and expert evidence and provide strong analytical advice"

Chambers UK 2020

"Excellent at presenting even the most complex cases in simple and easy to understand language"

Chambers UK 2020

"Has a very reassuring manner with clients"

Chambers UK 2020

"Very experienced, clever and gets to the point promptly"

Legal 500 2020

"Excellent in conference with clients and on his feet in court"

Chambers UK 2019

"Extraordinarily adept and meticulous. He's got an intellectual approach which is really impressive"

Chambers UK 2018

"A very sound practitioner who is erudite, thoughtful and sensible"

Chambers UK 2018

"Very bright and comes up with sensible, prudent advice"

Chambers UK 2018

"A very good advocate"

Chambers UK 2018

"very bright and confident"

Chambers UK

"...technically brilliant, a catastrophic injury specialist"

Chambers UK 2017

"Incredibly charming"

Chambers UK 2017

"A very clever and smooth advocate"

Legal 500 2017

Practice Overview

Roger is an experienced advocate who is recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of clinical negligence and personal injury. He is also well known for his expertise in litigation relating to animals and farming.

Described in Chambers UK as “fantastic” and “very good on his feet”and in Legal 500 as “a formidable force”, he has been praised “by solicitors and peers alike for his technical expertise, communication skills and ability in negotiations”, he is “very approachable and very bright” and provides “excellent analysis of complex insurance and liability issues”.

He was previously shortlisted for the Chambers and Partners Personal Injury Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year award.

Clinical Negligence

Roger is recommended as a leading Junior in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK, who note that he is “a highly rated Junior with a particular focus on catastrophic birth injury cases”. He has substantial experience of claims related to obstetrics and gynaecology (eg cord prolapse, chronic partial hypoxia; acute profound hypoxia Erb’s palsy); neonatology (eg treatment of hypoglycaemia, circulatory collapse); gastroenterology (eg failure to diagnose ulcerative colitis; incorrect diagnosis of invasive carcinoma); paediatrics; orthopaedics (eg ineffective arthoplasty); cardiology; plastic surgery; mental health (including the management of patients with suicide ideation); spinal injuries; MRSA; and general practice.


Notable cases include:

  • OM v Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (2017) EWHC
    [Cerebral palsy case in which the Claimant sought £47 million]
  • Ebanks v Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust [2016] EWHC
    [Whether failure to diagnose cervical myelopathy was causative of injury]
  • Spencer v Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 1058
    [Whether the Montgomery test applied to post-operative warnings]
  • Roriston v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 719
    [Assessment of damages under the Fatal Accidents Act]
  • L. v Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2014) (QBD)
    [Trust not liable for abdominal dehiscence following life saving operation which included harvesting of the anterior rectal sheath]
  • C. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (2014)
    [Secondary victim claims by family following death of daughter from Steptococcal toxic shock syndrome]
  • D. v Heart of England NHS Trust (2013(QBD)
    [Trust not liable for claimant’s abdominal pain following hernia operation]
  • F. v Norfolk & University Hospitals Foundation Trust (2012) (QBD)
    [Failure to advise of risks relating to angiography]
  • E. v Waltham Forest PCT (2012) (QBD)
    [14 month old child suffered cerebral palsy after respiratory arrest whilst in care of agency nurse]
  • W. v London Strategic Health Authority (2011) (QBD)
    [Cerebral palsy arising out of perinatal care – £15 million claimed]
  • Barros v Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust [2010] EWHC 2187
    [Whether a doctor’s duty to warn of risks is subject to the Bolamprinciple]
  • Randell v Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust (2009)
    [MRSA following treatment]
  • Knight v East of England Strategic Health Authority [2008] EWHC 744 (QB)
    [Cerebral palsy following alleged hypoglycaemia]
  • Antoniades v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust [2007] All ER (D) 287
    [Cerebral palsy following perinatal hypoxia caused by blockage in the trachea]
Personal Injury

Roger is recommended as a leading Junior in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. His practice includes all aspects of personal injury litigation, including claims arising from stress at work; bullying, harassment and assaults; industrial disease (WRULD, deafness, asthma, cancers); manual handling and other workplace accidents, including fatal accidents and sporting accidents; Animals Act cases; catastrophic injuries; spinal injuries; and cases involving allegations of chronic pain. He is frequently instructed in cases relating to vicarious liability for intentional torts.

Notable cases include:

  • Macdougall v The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (2018)
    [Successfully defended a claim brought against multiple staff members under the Protection from Harassment Act]
  • PJE v Bushuulwa (2017) EWHC
    [Acted for infant PJE in claim for £5 million. A subtle brain injury case]
  • Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC [2016] AC 677
    [Supreme Court. Vicarious liability for intentional assault by employee on customer]
  • Lear v Hickstead Ltd [2016] 4 WLR 73
    [Liability of occupier for actions of third parties]
  • R. v Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2014)
    [Acted for R in £1m+ chronic pain claim].
  • Bennett v Southwell [2013] EWHC 2382
    [Liability of driver for causing another driver to panic and drive onto wrong side of road]
  • SG v Hewitt [2012] 5 Costs LR 937
    [CA decision concerning the late acceptance of Part 36 offer by a minor with frontal lobe brain injury]
  • Phethean-Hubble v Coles [2012] RTR 407
    [CA decision on the contributory negligence of a 16-year-old cyclist]
  • Johnson v Castle Combe [2012] EWHC 901
    [Contributory negligence in catastrophic injury employer’s liability case]
  • Timmins v Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (2010) QBD
    [Stress claim by consultant in genito-urinary medicine]
  • Qamili v Holt [2009] All ER 41
    [CA decision that driver not at fault for colliding with pedestrian he had not seen]
  • Rhodes-Hampton v Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust [2007] All ER (D) 305
    [CA decision on liability of hospital to a nurse assaulted by a patient following general anaesthetic]
  • Irvine v Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis [2005] PIQR P11
    [Application of Workplace Regulations at police station]
  • Bennetts v Ministry of Defence [2004] All ER (D) 310
    [CA decision on the meaning of “risk” within the Manual Handling regulations]
  • Mattis v Pollock [2003] 1 WLR 2158
    [CA decision on the vicarious liability of nightclub owner for assault carried out by bouncer]
  • Barry v Ablerex [2001] PIQR Q263
    [CA decision on circumstances in which the discount rate could be reduced]
Equestrian and Farming-Related Litigation

Chambers UK confirm that Roger “is much sought after for claims involving accidents caused by animals and for handling farming matters generally”.  He is frequently instructed in claims relating to damage inflicted by animals under the Animals Act; insurance policy issues arising out of such claims; product liability issues relating to feeds; and farming matters generally.

Notable cases include:

  • E v Blanchard 
    [Claim arising out of the destruction of a raspberry crop following spraying on neighbour’s property]
  • Woodgate v Paramore (2016)
    [Owner of livery yard not liable for injury to helper leading horse from field].
  • D v Bishop Burton College (2016)
    [Animals Act claim arising out of a fall from a bucking horse from which D suffered a brain injury].
  • Pengelly Farms v CJG (2015)
    [Whether an agricultural contractor was responsible for the destruction of a potato crop]
  • B v Isle of Wight Council (2014)
    [Malicious prosecution claim by farmer against local council]
  • Cumani v Newton (2014)
    [£2.5m product liability claim arising out of defective saddle]
  • Wilson v White (2013)
    [Animals Act claim. Owner not liable when her horse pulled away whilst being turned out resulting in severing of claimant’s thumb].
  • Sparks v James (2013)
    [Owner not liable when her horse stood on the claimant’s foot in riding yard]
  • Connolly v Cornthwaite (2012)
    [Brain injury arising out of accident at a riding school]
  • M. v Merthyr Tydfill County Borough Council (2011)
    [Malicious prosecution claim by farmer against council’s trading standards department]
  • Armstrong v Corner House Equine Clinic (2010)
    [Professional negligence of a veterinary surgeon]
  • Snowdon v Equine and Livestock Insurance Co Ltd (2008)
    [Application of self-cancelling clauses in household and specialist equine insurance policies]
  • Cracknell v Lanehouse Equitation Centre (2008)
    [Serious injury to novice rider in riding school – Animals Act and negligence]
  • Hawes v East Essex Hunt (2007)
    [Claim for stress-induced pneumonia in cows after hunt passed through farm]
  • Lukins v Freeman (2007)
    [Hunting accident – Animals Act; negligence]
  • Barsi v Major (2005)
    [Hunting accident  – acceptance of risk]
  • Vaughan v RD Chesters Ltd (2005)
    [Alleged contamination of sheep feed leading to death of Texel lambs]

Pursuing and defending litigation against insurers arising out of fires etc, often involving allegations of fraud arson, material non-disclosure and breach of warranty/condition. Policy interpretation and construction. Disputes concerning status of employees and resultant insurance implications. Property damage claims, flood cases; motor insurance and claims relating to the MIB.

Recent cases include:

  • C v S 
    (2016) (TCC)
    [Fire claim arising out of destruction of storage units]
  • P. v EUI Ltd (2014)
    [Application of S151 of the RTA following alleged assault]
  • EUI Ltd v Bissmire (2011) (Comm Ct)
    [Material non-disclosure in relation to a motor insurance policy]
  • Rose v Dengie Crops Ltd (2009)
    [Claim arising out of a fire in a barn – including allegations of negligent misstatement]
  • NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd v Environmental Reclamation Ltd (2008) (Comm Ct)
    [Material non-disclosure of criminal record and bankruptcy]
  • Snowdon v Equine and Livestock Insurance Co Ltd (2008)
    [Application of self-canceling clauses in household and specialist equine insurance policies]
  • Woolley v HH Robertson Ltd [2003] All ER (D) 315
    [Meaning of ‘labour only subcontractor’ in policy]