Harriet Hartshorn

Call 2016

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Harriet’s practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation and advisory work, including banking, guarantees, recovery of assets, trusts, contractual disputes, tort and sale of goods. She is frequently instructed by major banks and lenders and has a wealth of trial experience.

Across these areas, Harriet’s recent work has included:

  • Routinely appearing at trial on behalf of major UK lenders defending fraudulent misrepresentation claims brought pursuant to s.75 of the CCA 1974;
  • Acting for prominent asset finance companies in relation to the conversion of high value vehicles, including drafting statements of case, obtaining interim injunctive relief, advancing successful specific disclosure applications, and obtaining judgment;
  • Advising upon and representing parties in applications for summary judgment and / or strike out in a range of disputes including claims arising from guarantees and indemnities; and
  • Drafting pleadings on behalf of a lender defending a claim to set aside a series of mortgages on the basis of forgery and/or undue influence.

Harriet has particular experience of acting for banks and lenders in claims relating to banking, finance and asset recovery, together with consumer credit matters. Harriet regularly represents financial institutions in claims relating to secret commissions and alleged unfair terms. Other examples of her recent work in this area include advising on the regulated nature and enforceability of loan agreements, and drafting statements of case in claims arising from the conversion of assets subject to hire purchase agreements.

Harriet has recently been led on an appeal relating to the certification of a Collective Proceedings Order by the Competition Appeal Tribunal. She has also been led in the substantial group litigation following the collapse of the Fundão Dam in South-eastern Brazil