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Harry East

Year of Call
2014
Education
Association of Costs Lawyers
2018 ACL Qualified
PhD – Medical Neg / Crime / Ethics
2013 University of Southampton
BPTC
2013 BPP Holborn
LLM Res – Company Law
2008 Lancaster University
LLB (Hons)
2007 Lancaster University
Year of Call
2014
Education
Association of Costs Lawyers
2018 ACL Qualified
PhD – Medical Neg / Crime / Ethics
2013 University of Southampton
BPTC
2013 BPP Holborn
LLM Res – Company Law
2008 Lancaster University
LLB (Hons)
2007 Lancaster University

Harry is an energetic, diligent Junior and is approachable and knowledgeable. He has a broad and traditional common law, family and commercial practice.

With an academic background in Medical Law; he taught on the negligence and ethics in practice course to medical students whilst completing his PhD at the University of Southampton.

He willingly travels across England and Wales and is known to turn his paperwork in good time and with quality. Prior to coming to the bar Harry worked in the construction industry.

Civil

Personal Injury
Harry’s common law practice involves the full range of P.I. work and he is happy to attend courts across the Country. He is happy to quickly provide concise and relevant advice.

Stemming from his time in the construction industry, he has a distinct interest in E.L. and P.L. work and undertakes industrial disease claims including noise induced hearing loss and asbestos related disease cases.

Clinical Negligence

Harry has an academic background in medical law completing his PhD in this field in 2014. During that time he taught on a broad range of topics in the field of medical negligence.

He receives instructions from both Claimants and Defendants in this rapidly developing area of his practice and prides himself on happily providing informal advice and observations upon cases when and if needed. A cross section of cases he is currently engaged in include:-

  • A failure to identify and or investigate the possibility of a detached retina leading to multiple subsequent surgeries and significant loss of vision, hindering the Claimant’s prospects in the open labour market.
  • A case of negligent dental treatment where the practitioner failed to identify and treat an abscess on multiple occasions which developed to the extent of requiring hospitalisation and draining and leaving permanent, visible scarring.
  • Negligent treatment and diagnosis of a leg fracture causing the Claimant to defer his entry into the Armed Forces Engineering Corps for several years.

Commercial and Chancery

Harry’s academic background and interests led him to undertaking a research Master’s in Company law. He accepts instructions to advise and act in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including contractual disagreements, property disputes and wills and probate issues.

He happily accepts instructions to draft terms and conditions, business agreements and terms of business.

Construction

Harry has experience in a range of construction, engineering, professional negligence and planning matters, including adjudication; more pertinently the civil enforcement of adjudicator’s decisions.

He has experience with a number of standard forms including JCT, NEC and RIBA forms. In particular his prior experience has given him a working and intimate understanding of JCT form contracts.

Harry came to the Bar from a previous career working in construction as a main contractor, running a small main contractor firm with an annual turnover of circa £4.5 million. His work was predominantly tendered through privately engaged Contract Administrators working for the NHS, Education sector and also directly through Local Authorities in London and the South East. He has hands on experience with contracts in the value of £1.5 – £2 million pounds and the practical issues arsing from disputes between sub-contractors, Contract Administrators and clients. He understands the technical, and less technical, language and aspects of the construction process.

He currently pitches himself as junior barrister who is an economic alternative in matters of the value he has personal experience in, where professional legal costs may be often appear disproportionate; whilst providing detailed, professional and practical advice in quick time and without fuss. He is always happy to offer informal advice or engage in exploratory dialogue, by telephone if necessary.

He regularly appears in the County Court and High Court in both fast track and multi-track matters and undertakes all manner of drafting and the provision of advice, including applications for enforcement of adjudicators decisions. A contemporary cross section of work that Harry is currently involved in includes:-

  • Professional negligence claim against a building surveyor on the Fast Track.
  • A contractual dispute predominantly regarding a pay less notice between the main contractor and the electrical sub-contractor, in a university refurbishment project, on the multi-track.
  • The Enforcement of an Adjudicator’s decision in the sum of £110,000.00 with an ancillary Part 7 claim for further unpaid amounts that fell outside of the adjudicator’s decision, between the groundworker and developer on a new build housing estate.
  • Advising in relation to the prospects and practicalities on the development of roof space to a block of flats.
  • Financial Remedy / Co-Habitation Claims

    Harry has established a bespoke financial remedy practice for those clients seeking settlement of the family finances upon divorce and is happy to provide advocacy and to advise in conference throughout the lifetime of the claim and to the final hearing.

    His work is complemented by his civil experience, property work, TLALTA claims and cohabitee disputes.

    Costs

    Soon after gaining tenancy Harry began, and has completed, the 3 year Associated Costs Lawyer Course. He appears at detail assessment hearings and CCMCs involving intricate issues and happily provides nuanced advices on retainers, enforcement, recovery and a range of costs issues including on appeal and assessment.

Notable and Reported Cases
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Frederick Stout v Bourne Leisure [Unreported] Nottingham County Court HHJ Coe QC 27th February 2020
The Defendant was successful on appeal in overturning the prior order granting relief from sanction where the Claimant had failed to file their costs budget on time, necessitating a further hearing.

Justin Jacks v Gregorz Borys [Unreported] Newcastle Upon Tyne County Court HHJ Freedman 20th December 2019
On appeal the court held that that the Claimant’s failure to hold an MOT in relation to his damaged vehicle did not prevent him from hiring a credit hire vehicle with an MOT under the principle of betterment.
Transcript available here

Moss v NCP [2018] 6 WLUK 175
Employees are not required to confront persons misbehaving on the premises particularly when this is contrary to their training.

Kevin James Murphy v Ocean Group Services Ltd & Ocean Logistics Ltd  [Unreported] Liverpool County Court HHJ Gregory 21st September 2018
An appeal against the sanction imposed by CPR 3.14 for failure to file a costs budget 21 days prior to the CCMC.

Richardson v Wakefield Council (2017)
(First Instance) The appeal proceeded to the Circuit Judge on the issue of payment of indemnity costs in the fixed costs regime after the expiry of the relevant offer but prior to trial. The issue has since been settled by the Court of Appeal in Perde v Hislop [2018] EWCA Civ 1726.

Meadows v La Tasca Restaurants Ltd [2016] EW Misc B28 (CC), an appeal on a finding of fundamental dishonesty at first instance.