Roger Harris

Call 1996

"An extremely gifted and intelligent barrister"

Chambers UK 2024


Roger is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK, who note that he is “highly rated … with a particular focus on catastrophic birth injury cases” and that he is “excellent at presenting even the most complex cases in simple and easy to understand language and has a very reassuring manner with clients.

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.

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.

Roger is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK where it is noted that he “brings a very calm, cool and forensic excellence to difficult and high-value cases”. 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 has appeared in a number of the leading cases relating to vicarious liability for intentional torts including Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets in the Supreme Court, and Mattis v Pollock in the Court of Appeal.

Significant Cases

Dennis v Voute Sales Ltd [2022] EWHC 2117

[Liability under s2(2)(a) of the Animals Act]

Parry v Johnson [2022] EWHC 889

[Liability trial relating to the obligations of farmers to light farm equipment]

Roberts v Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Ministry of Defence and others [2021] 10 WLUK 195

[Cerebral palsy claim relating to injury sustained at birth in a German Hospital]

Multiple Claimants v N (2021) EWHC

[Multiple claims alleging that a urologist had carried out unnecessary procedures]

MacDougall v The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (2018)

[Successful defence of a claim against multiple Trust employees under the Protection from Harassment Act]

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]

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]

SG v Hewitt [2013] 1 All ER 1118

[CA decision relating to the late acceptance of Part 36 offer in cases involving a minor]

Phethean-Hubble v Coles [2012] EWCA Civ 349

[CA decision on whether a 16-year-old should be treated as an adult for the purposes of contributory negligence]

Johnson v Castle Combe [2011] 10 WLUK 175

[Contributory negligence in catastrophic EL case]

Barros v Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust [2010] EWHC 2187

[Whether a doctor’s duty to warn of risks is subject to the Bolam principle]

Qamili v Holt [2009] EWCA Civ 1625

[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]

Antoniades v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust [2007] All ER (D) 287

[Cerebral palsy following perinatal hypoxia caused by blockage in the trachea]

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 whether the discount rate could be reduced]

Privacy Policy

Roger Harris Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: ZA190838
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
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 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 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:

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"A pragmatic and no-nonsense litigator"

Legal 500 2024

"A fantastic technical lawyer."

Chambers UK 2023

"Has a good eye for detail, and is a persuasive advocate."

Legal 500 2023

"An expert in his field."

Chambers UK 2022

"Highly intelligent."

Legal 500 2022

"Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of healthcare law and always able to bring calm to any situation."

Legal 500 2021

  • Recorder (Western Circuit)

  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • GDL, City University London
  • BA (Hons) History, Exeter University

  • PIBA
  • PNBA
  • Western Circuit

Horse Play – Personal Injury Law Journal – 1 April 2012
[Claims under the Animals Act]

Nuclear fall out – New Law Journal – 4 May 2012
[The atomic veterans litigation]

Taking the blame – New Law Journal – 6 August 2010
[Contributory negligence]

Troubled relationships – New Law Journal – 17 April 2009
[Whether care and accommodation costs should be borne by a tortfeasor or a local authority]

A different breed – New Law Journal – 4 July 2008
[Civil liability for damage caused by animals]

Bullying claims – New Law Journal – 27 October 2006
[Foreseeability in bullying and harassment claims]

“Roger Harris is a good technical barrister, who gives sound advice on quantum, and is effective in settlement negotiations.”
“Roger is an extremely gifted and intelligent barrister whose knowledge of the Animals Act is second to none.”

Chambers UK 2024

Roger is a pragmatic and no-nonsense litigator, getting straight to the crux of matters with ease.”
“Good and clear identification of issues and excellent analysis of these which require high level understanding of the medical evidence.”
Legal 500 2024

“Roger is a great tactician.”
“He is able to get to grips with the detail of complex, sensitive cases quickly and insightfully and is very calm under pressure.”
“He has a very good intellect.”
“Roger is excellent with clients and has a wonderful ability to distil very complex claims down into clear, precise advice that can be understood by clients and his instructing solicitors.”
“Roger is a fantastic technical lawyer.”
“He is a formidable advocate in court and settlement meetings.”
“Roger is technically knowledgeable and also very commercially aware.”
Chambers UK 2023

“Roger is extremely able and he quickly identifies the salient issues in a case.”
“Roger has a good eye for detail, and is a persuasive advocate. Combined with his tactical nous this makes for an excellent barrister.”
Legal 500 2023

“Extremely technically proficient, very approachable and very good with clients. An expert in his field.”
“He is excellent and unflappable – a very good negotiator. He gives really clear advice to solicitors and lay clients.”
“A very thorough and clear advocate.”
“He is very bright and strategic.”
“Great with clients.”
Chambers UK 2022

“A bright junior who is prepared to argue difficult points.”
“Highly intelligent but remains pragmatic and clear.”
Legal 500 2022

“He is able to explain complicated issues in a very clear and coherent manner.”
“He is excellent and very user-friendly.”
“He’s calm and efficient, and gets to grip with complex medical evidence quickly. He is not afraid to tackle difficult points of evidence.”
“A very good advocate and negotiator. He’s always on top of his brief and he’s an astute tactician.”
“He’s excellent at presenting even the most complex cases in a simple language – clients find his manner very reassuring.”
Chambers UK 2021

“Brings a very calm, cool and forensic excellence to difficult and high-value cases.”
“Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of healthcare law and always able to bring calm to any situation.”
Legal 500 2021

“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. He is excellent at presenting even the most complex cases in simple and easy to understand language, and he has a very reassuring manner with clients.”
Chambers UK 2020

“Very experienced, clever and gets to the point promptly.”
“An excellent advocate who is clear and concise in his written advice.”
Legal 500 2020

“He is 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.”
“A very sound practitioner who is erudite, thoughtful and sensible.”
“Very bright and comes up with sensible, prudent advice.”
“A very good advocate.”
Chambers UK 2018

“A very clever and smooth advocate.”
“He’s shrewd and prepared to roll his sleeves up.”
“He’s technically brilliant, a catastrophic injury specialist.”
“Incredibly charming and doesn’t get fazed or agitated with opponents, even in difficult cases.”
Chambers UK 2017

“A very clever and smooth advocate.”
Legal 500 2017

“Knowledgeable, calm and collected.”
Legal 500 2016

“Technically brilliant, he’s very clever and understands the law and its intricacies to a very high level.”
Chambers UK 2015

“He is a barrister you can rely on. You can trust in him and he will deliver.”
“He is very good on his feet. He has a balanced approach in front of the judiciary that means that they warm to him.”
“A strong lawyer with a polite but tenacious approach”
Legal 500 2015

“He’s fantastic”
“Praised by solicitors and peers alike for his technical expertise, communication skills, and ability in negotiations”
“He’s very approachable and very bright”
Chambers UK 2014

“Very bright and confident”
Chambers UK 2013

“Very articulate and intelligent”
“Provides excellent analysis of complex insurance and liability issues”
Legal 500 2013

“A favourite port of call for claims in connection with animals and farming”
Chambers UK 2012

“Grasps technical issues well and keeps experts on their toes”
Legal 500 2012

“Highly rated”
Chambers UK 2011

“A formidable force”
Legal 500 2011

“Adept at handling stress claims”
Chambers UK 2010

“Sharp and incisive”
Legal 500 2010

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