Harriet Lavin

Call 2019


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Practice Overview

Harriet was called to the Bar in 2019. She became a tenant of Exchange Chambers in September 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage at Exchange under the supervision of Chloe Fordham. During her first six, Harriet experienced the panoply of criminal trials: murder, rape, dishonesty, drugs and organised crime, as well as regulatory work such as police misconduct and professional negligence.

Harriet is also developing a practice in the niche area of data breach work and is able to provide written advice. Harriet obtained an ‘Outstanding’ grade in her Drafting and Opinion Writing modules on the Bar Course and applies those skills and the skills learnt through criminal drafting to her work in this area.

Harriet successfully applied for inclusion on the CPS advocates panel at the very start of her second six and since then has gained invaluable trial experience both prosecuting and defending in the Magistrates’ Courts in the North. This has enabled Harriet to build a strong understanding of trial procedure and handling of witnesses from the perspective of both the prosecution and defence. Harriet has also spent time in the Crown Court as counsel in sentences, bail applications and other interlocutory hearings.

Harriet has proven her intellectual abilities as a lawyer and her proficiency in expressing herself effectively both on her feet and in writing. Confident and approachable, Harriet has shown she has the necessary “soft skills” that allow her to communicate effectively with others  as well as support clients through the process.

Importantly, Harriet is a team player and enjoys working with others. From an early stage in her second six, Harriet has built strong relationships with instructing solicitors, building a reputation as a hardworking and capable pair of hands. She has also researched a wide array of legal questions for other members of chambers and has been integral in organising Exchange’s Crime Newsletter.