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Lee Harris

Year of call: 1999

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Areas of Practice:

Crime:

Lee has an extensive and varied criminal law practice, both in prosecution and defence. He has gained considerable experience during his fifteen years at the bar and practises in all areas of serious crime including:

Violence: Armed and street robbery, threats to kill, GBH with intent, and attempted murder.

Theft and fraud offences: Domestic burglary, serious fraud, money laundering, and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.

Sexual offences: Rape, sexual Assault on adults and children, and offences relating to obscene images of children.

Drug offences: Drug importation, supply and possession with intent to supply, cultivation.

He appears regularly in the Crown Court, and has a significant practice in the Court of Appeal and High Court. He also appears in the Magistrates and Youth Courts. Recent instructions have included trials relating to grievous bodily harm with intent, sexual assault on a twelve year old child, supplying 250kg of class A drugs, and a £300,000 fraud. He is an approved CPS prosecution advocate (Grade 3).

Lee is extremely highly regarded as court advocate, and has been described as having a natural instinct for cross-examining witnesses effectively, as well as for his ability to persuade a jury. He is able to successfully plan a case, employing effective case management and strategy. He also has the ability to put young, vulnerable, and scared victims and witnesses at ease and make them as comfortable as possible with the court process. Whatever his instructions, he works closely with his solicitors to ensure the best outcome for his client.

Road Traffic Offences:

Road Traffic law is a complicated and often overlooked area of criminal law, and with significant experience, Lee is happy to accept instructions from private clients in all areas of Road Traffic Law, including:

Drink driving offences

Dangerous and careless driving

Speeding offences

Document offences (driving licence, insurance, MOT)

Construction and use offences, and offences relating to unsafe vehicles

Disqualifications as a result of ‘totting up’

Family:

Lee is an extremely experienced family barrister, having been practising for fifteen years in all areas of family law, including ancillary relief, and all areas to do with children. Lee has a particular interest and specialism in the law relating to children. He is used to dealing with complex cases involving psychiatric assessments of children and implacable hostility between parties. His ability to empathise with often distressed lay clients, to negotiate effectively with his opponents, and to advocate with passion and conviction in court means that the most beneficial outcome can be achieved.

Private Law:

Lee acts in private law proceedings involving disputes regarding child arrangements(residence, and contact), international movement of children, and child abduction. He also acts for grandparents, who are often overlooked in their efforts to see estranged grandchildren.He is currently instructed in a number of such cases including a complicated nine year dispute including issues of abduction and sexual abuse, currently before the President of the Family Division in the High Court.

Public Law:

Lee also acts in public law care proceedings, representing parents of children, and guardians in relation to all aspects of care proceedings. He has represented parents in difficult proceedings in which children have been placed for adoption, or have been sexually abused by a parent. He has also represented children through their guardian in cases which often involve disputes with parents and local authorities as to the best outcome for the child.

Ancillary Relief:

Lee acts in all types of ancillary relief proceedings, including those with significant hidden assets, assets held abroad, and complicated pension provision. He works in conjunction with his solicitors to ensure the most financially beneficial outcome for his client both in cases with significant assets, and extremely limited assets.

Public Access:

Until recently, members of the public were only able to seek the advice or help of a barrister by instructing him or her through a solicitor. Now members of the public can instruct a barrister directly, and therefore avoid the often cumbersome and expensive process of instructing a solicitor. Lee is a fully qualified public access barrister, and is happy to accept instructions in all areas of criminal law, including road traffic law; as well as all areas of family law. He is able to assist with:

Representation in court at trial or final hearing, sentence, or other interim or preliminary hearing

Providing advice on a case or legal matter, in person or over the telephone

Reading and reviewing written evidence

Drafting documents and letters

Education & Qualifications:

The College of Law – Bar Vocational Course (1998) – Very Competent

University College London – LLB (1997) – 2:1

Direct Access Qualified – 2012

Professional Memberships:

Middle Temple

Criminal Bar Association

Family Law Bar Association

  • Case Profile

    Crime

    R v C and others (High Court)

    A case in which Lee appeared for the DPP in a successful appeal which determined the meaning of ‘land’ for the purposes of the offence of aggravated trespass.

    R v B (Court of Appeal)

    Lee appeared for the Crown, successfully depending appeal against conviction, in which it was asserted by the defence that the conviction was unsafe due to a perverse verdict by the jury in the original trial.

    R v P (Guildford Crown Court)

    A trial in which the defendant was accused of supplying 250kg of heroin and cannabis.

    R v W (Guildford Crown Court)

    A defendant charged with employee fraud totalling over £300,000. POCA proceedings followed the trial.

    R v A (Oxford Crown Court)

    A defendant charged with causing death by dangerous driving after driving into the back of a stationary car on the motorway in his lorry.

    R v L (Reading Crown Court)

    A serious GBH with intent involving a stabbing following a gang based fight in a pub.

    Family

    G v F (High Court)

    Lee represented a mother during an extremely lengthy private law residence dispute (nine years), involving issues of child abduction to a foreign jurisdiction, violence between the parties, and a fact finding hearing to prove that the father had sexually abused a child.

    E v C v S (Chelmsford County Court)

    Care proceedings in which Lee represented a parent in care proceedings in which five and two year old children had been sexually abused by a parent. The case also involved issues of parental drug and alcohol abuse.

    R v P (Southampton County Court)

    Representation of a father in a contact dispute in which he was accused of systematic physical sexual and emotional abuse of the mother.

    R v R (Barnet County Court)

    Ancillary relief dispute in which there were significant assets held abroad.

    H v C v C (Watford Family Proceedings Court)

    Representaton of a parent in care proceedings in which a child had regularly been the subject of neglect and had observed abuse between the parents.