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Harriet Lavis

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Called to Bar:
2014 Inner Temple


Durham University, LLB Law
Kaplan Law School, BPTC (Very Competent)


Winner, UK Law School Mediation Competition (2014)
National Quarter Finalist (UK), Philip C Jessup International Law Mooting Competition, University of Durham team (2013)
Sidley Austin Equity Prize, Durham University (2012)


Harriet joined Guildford Chambers in 2017 after successfully completing her pupillage. Harriet has developed a broad family law practice.

Private Law Children

Harriet has represented a wide variety of clients at all stages of private law children disputes. She acts regularly for parents, other family members and Guardians. She has recently had experience of cases involving international relocation, serious allegations of abuse, intractable hostility to contact, and matters in relation to jurisdiction. Many cases have involved disputes over a child’s residence. Harriet has been successful both in obtaining a transfer of residence in her client’s favour and successfully resisting such applications.

Family Finance

Harriet accepts work at all stages of financial remedy disputes. She has experience of taking a case from first appointment to final hearing. Harriet is mindful of the potential advantages to her clients in settling a case and gives clear advice on her client’s prospects where possible. Recent cases have involved international property and assets, short marriages, third party interests, and allegations of non-disclosure.

Domestic Violence and Injunctions

Harriet has considerable experience in cases involving domestic violence, representing clients from initial emergency applications through to final hearings. She has represented both applicants and respondents to domestic violence allegations, and is able to apply this broad range of experience to give informed advice to her clients. She has successfully obtained occupation orders for clients.


Before becoming a barrister Harriet read Law at Durham University, where she won the Sidley Austin Equity Prize. Prior to starting her pupillage she worked as a paralegal for a public services law firm, seconded full time to a client within the Department of Health.

In her spare time she enjoys yoga and singing.


  • “Harriet was amazing” – email from client to instructing solicitor
  • “Harriet made me feel at ease when I was obviously very anxious and nervous” – email from client to instructing solicitor



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