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Lee Harris

Year of call: 1999

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Crime:

Lee is an extremely experienced advocate, and has an extensive and varied criminal law practice, acting for both the prosecution and defence. He practises in all areas of serious crime including serious sexual offences, offences of grave violence, drug offences, as well as large scale and high value financial crime. Lee is a Level 3 prosecutor on the CPS Advocate Panel, and was appointed to the counter-terrorism specialist panel in 2019. Lee was appointed as Recorder of the Crown Court in 2020.

Lee is extremely highly regarded as a 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, leading to successful outcomes. He also has the ability to put young and vulnerable witnesses at ease, and make them as comfortable as possible with the court process. Client care is a central focus of Lee’s approach to cases, leading him to be favoured counsel for many of his solicitors. Whatever his instructions, he works closely with his solicitors to ensure the best outcome for his client.

Testimonial:

“A diligent, knowledgeable and hardworking barrister. Lee is a safe pair of hands when it comes to instructing him for crown court matters. He is extremely calm and approachable for our clients, let alone a great support to us at every step of the way. It is always a pleasure to instruct Lee, knowing our clients will be looked after and their cases progressed in a timely and proactive way.” – Zoe Heron, Reeds Solicitors
 
Education & Qualifications:
The College of Law – Bar Vocational Course (1998) – Very Competent
University College London – LLB (1997) – 2:1
 
 Professional Memberships:
Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
 
Appointments
CPS specialist counter-terrorism panel advocate – 2019
Recorder of the Crown Court – 2020

  • Case Profile

    Case Profile:

    R v B (Court of Appeal)
    Appeared for the Crown, successfully defending an appeal against conviction, in which it was asserted by the defence that the conviction was unsafe due to perverse verdicts by the jury in the original trial.

    R v C and others (High Court)
    Appeared on behalf of the DPP in a successful appeal, following a conviction of several high profile protestors, which determined the meaning of ‘land’ for the purposes of the offence of aggravated trespass.

    R v B and K
    Successfully prosecuted two defendants accused of committing an armed robbery, and possession or prohibited firearms.

    R v A
    Defended an HGV driver who was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after crashing into the back of a stationary car on the motorway in his lorry.

    R v R and others
    Successfully prosecuted eighteen defendants involved in a £1m fraud and money laundering operation. The case spanned three separate trials over several months. POCA proceedings also followed in respect of each defendant.

    R v B
    Defended a man with severe learning difficulties and communication problems who was accused of  grooming a fourteen year old girl online and attempting to sexually assault her.

    R v P
    Prosecuted a trial in which the defendant was accused of supplying 250kg of heroin and cannabis, and was part of a larger organised crime group running a ‘county lines’ drug supply operation. The case involved undercover officers and PII applications.

    R v S
    Successfully defended in a rape case in which the defendant was accused of raping and sexually assaulting a woman who he had met in a nightclub and offered to give a lift home.

    R v L
    Successfully prosecuted a serious threat to kill and wounding case in which the defendant seriously assaulted his ex-partner and children, before dousing their house in petrol and threatening to set it alight.