Jack Harris

Call 2006

"A class operator"

Legal 500 2024


Jack is described in Chambers & Partners 2021 as “an effective advocate on TCC cases”, who “knows the law inside out” and “possesses enviable expertise in cases arising from subsidence and damage related to tree roots and shrubs, as part of a broader property damage practice.”

Jack is regularly instructed in high value claims relating to fires, floods, noxious spillages, subsidence, falling trees and defective products. He has presented the lead lecture on damage from trees at Damage Day 2022, 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Notable Property Damage cases

Anchor Hanover Group v Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd [2021] EWHC 543 (TCC) (with Sonia Nolten)

Flooding from culvert. Scope of common law duty of care owed by the Environment Agency.

Western Power Distribution (South Wales) Plc v South West Water Limited [2020] EWHC 3747 (TCC)

Cable damage claim under New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. Permission under CPR r.38.7 to bring second claim where first claim discontinued. Abuse of process.

Oldcorn v Southern Water Services Ltd [2017] EWHC 460 (TCC) (with Neil Moody QC)

Flooding of suburb following failure of coastal flood defence system.

Thakerar v Lloyds TSB Insurance & Others [2012] EWHC 1875 (Comm)

Scope of duty of bank to provide documentation to policyholder on renewal of household insurance policy.

Jack is described in Chambers & Partners 2021 as “a conscientious advocate”, “very much a man for the detail”, “good on any kind of complicated catastrophic injury case” and “a very bright barrister who is easy to work with”.

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

Notable Personal Injury cases

Ayannuga v One Shot Products Limited [2022] EWHC 590 (QB) (with Neil Moody QC)

Claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Drain cleaner alleged to have given off toxic fumes causing fatal / catastrophic injuries to bystanders. Chemical engineering analysis of actual source of the gas. Definition of “defect” within the meaning of the Act.

Ayannuga v One Shot Products Limited [2021] EWHC 2930 (QB)

Destruction of documents. Scope of reactive disclosure duties.

C v M (High Court, settled) (with Ben Browne QC)

Catastrophic injury following fall by worker at a construction site down a riser shaft. Claim advanced against principle contractor and scaffolding and flooring subcontractors. Pleaded at approx. £15 million.

S v I (High Court, ongoing), (with Nina Goolamali QC)

Catastrophic spinal injury and suspected brain injury following road traffic accident. Pleaded at approx. £17 million.

S v T (High Court, QBD, settled)

Alleged brain injury and chronic pain condition following car on pedestrian collision. Vulnerable claimant. Pleaded at £2.5 million.

T v R (High Court, settled)

Living mesothelioma claim following alleged domestic exposure to asbestos.

Jack is regularly instructed in actions for and against professionals including doctors, builders, surveyors and lawyers.

Notable Professional Negligence cases

Claim against solicitor and barrister for allegedly negligent failure to comply with court directions leading to settlement of claim at undervalue (settled pre-action).

Defence of principal contractor on construction project following collapse of adjacent building during demolition works (High Court, TCC, claim struck out before trial).

Claim against loss adjuster in respect of alleged negligent advice as to property underpinning scheme (High Court, TCC, settled).

Defence of asbestos removal professionals following alleged contamination of domestic property during staged asbestos removal works (settled).

Defence of teacher following serious injury to pupil during P.E. lesson (claim dismissed at trial).

Claim against hospital following negligent late referral of stroke patient (settled pre-action).

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

Notable Sport cases

Claim by leading professional motocross rider following major crash in MAXXIS MX2 championship race (with Nina Goolamali QC and Lucy Wyles QC).

Claim on permanent disablement insurance policy by former Premier League and international professional footballer (with Howard Palmer QC), (High Court).

Claim arising from negligent tackle during schoolboy rugby union training session causing alleged lifelong injuries (High Court, settled).

Claim against professional judo instructor in respect of alleged negligent instruction leading to student sustaining leg injury.

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 fractured spine in fall as a result of dangerous surface of gallop.

Jack regularly acts in insurance disputes including those concerning policy interpretation, coverage and policy defences such as late notification and breach of conditions precedent.

Notable Insurance cases

Claim by policyholder arising from suspected subsidence and landslip to residential property; disputes on cause of damage, limitation and policy coverage (TCC, settled at mediation).

Claim by policyholder following tree roots clay shrinkage subsidence to family home; disputes on policy interpretation and proper measure of indemnity (TCC, settled at mediation).

Acting for insurer in claim arising from subsidence and water damage to farm building; disputes on causation, policy interpretation and breach of policy conditions (Commercial Court).

Acting for insurer in claim arising from escape of water in residential house; disputes on cause of damage, policy coverage and proper measure of indemnity (TCC).

Jack has a busy practice acting in high value defective product claims. He has particular experience in claims relating to defective white goods and household products.

Notable Product Liability cases

Ayannuga v One Shot Products Limited [2022] EWHC 590 (QB) (with Neil Moody QC)

Drain cleaner alleged to have given off toxic fumes causing fatal / catastrophic injuries to bystanders. Chemical engineering analysis of actual source of the gas. Definition of “defect” within the meaning of the Act.

Ayannuga v One Shot Products Limited [2021] EWHC 2930 (QB)

Destruction of documents. Scope of reactive disclosure duties.

P v D, D v Y

Fire in hotel arising from allegedly defective dehumidifier. Defence of supplier. Follow up recovery action on contractual indemnity against overseas manufacturer.

H v L & S

Spontaneous fire in motorbike causing lifelong burn injuries. Claim against consumer credit supplier and manufacturer.

B v L

Fire in domestic fridge freezer. Claim against manufacturer for defective recall.

Privacy Policy

Jack Harris Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: Z1916693
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Email: clerks@2tg.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Where necessary, I may also need to process Special Category data about you including

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • personal data revealing political opinions;
  • personal data revealing religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • personal data revealing trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; and
  • data concerning a person’s sexual orientation.

How I get the personal information and why I have it

Most of the personal information that I process is provided to me directly by you or via the professional you have instructed such as a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser who instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

I use the information that you have given me in order to

  • provide legal services to you, my client, including the provision of legal advice and
  • representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  • keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  • take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  • respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  • check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  • promote and market my services
  • carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  • train other barristers and pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  • publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals as required or permitted by law.

I may share this information with

  • other professional advisers such as other legal professionals and consultant experts and other witnesses
  • courts and tribunals
  • the staff in my Chambers
  • prosecution authorities
  • pupils and mini pupils
  • lay clients
  • family and associates of the person whose personal information I am processing
  • in the event of complaints, the Head of Chambers, other individuals nominated by Chambers who deal with complaints, the Bar Standards Board, and the Legal Ombudsman
  • other regulatory authorities
  • current, past or prospective employers
  • education and examining bodies
  • business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies, e.g. the Bar Council
  • professional indemnity insurers or brokers
  • the general public in relation to the publication of legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  • If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.
  • I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required and permitted by law.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful basis I rely on for processing this information is

  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
  • You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting me.
  • It may be necessary for me to share your personal data to comply with legal obligations to, for example, HMRC.

How I store your personal information

Your information is securely stored in Chambers or at my home. I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures such as password protection and encryption of computer generated data and keeping paper data secure to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.

In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access – You have the right to ask me for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask me to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask me to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask me to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask me to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that I transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
  • You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you. Please contact me at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or clerks@2tg.co.uk if you wish to make a request.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

Changes to my Privacy Policy

From time to time, I may need to make chances to my privacy policy. If so, the changes will appear on my entry on the 2TG website.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, or post about an invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about my use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to me or to my Senior Clerk, Lee Tyler at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or clerks@2tg.co.uk. You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website: https://www.ico.org.uk

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"He is always on top of the case and is a persuasive advocate"

Chambers UK 2023

"…has a stellar practice and a wonderful manner in court"

Chambers UK 2023

"Great technical knowledge over a comprehensive range of liability disciplines"

Legal 500 2023

"Dedicated and approachable"

Legal 500 2023

"A savvy operator who is conducive to finding solutions to problems"

Chambers UK 2022

  • Hardwicke Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Wolfson Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn

  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
  • GDL, City University, London
  • MA (Hons), Downing College, Cambridge University

  • LawInSport
  • British Association for Sport and Law
  • PIBA

“Treeing off! How to mitigate liability for claims against sports clubs and grounds relating to fallen trees” LawInSport, April 2017;

“Turpitude & the rule of law” – New Law Journal, Vol.164 No.7633 Pages 10-11 – on the growing scope of the ex turpi causa defence;

“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;

“Rights & Wrongs”. New Law Journal, Volume 162, Issue 7497 – on the standard of the duty of care to be imposed in road traffic cases;

“Keep Out”. New Law Journal, Volume 160, Issue 7435 – on the duty of landowners towards uninvited guests.

“Extremely personable and very sensible, with the legal acumen to back it up. A class operator.”
Legal 500 2024

“Jack is very well prepared and produces strong submissions. He is always on top of the case and is a persuasive advocate.” “Jack has a stellar practice and a wonderful manner in court.” “Jack is very accessible, easy to work with and has good attention to detail.”
Chambers UK 2023

“A conscientious and well prepared barrister who has an eye for detail in complex personal injury matters. Jack has an excellent manner with clients and adopts a pragmatic approach to risk assessment and negotiation.” “Great technical knowledge over a comprehensive range of liability disciplines. Excellent with insurer and lay clients. Dedicated and approachable.”
Legal 500 2023

“He is a conscientious advocate and is very much a man for the detail. Clients like him and he is good on any kind of complicated catastrophic injury case.” “A very bright barrister who is easy to work with, has a good grasp of the law and works in a user-friendly and collaborative way.” “A savvy operator who is conducive to finding solutions to problems.” “He’s an effective advocate on TCC cases.” “He’s sharp and knows the law inside out.”
Chambers UK 2022

“His technical expertise in Property Damage is terrific and he’s also able to make things understandable.” “He’s an excellent, really user-friendly young chap.” “He’s very strategic in the way he combats things, and his advice is straight to the point.”
Chambers UK 2021

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