Jack Harrison is a specialist Family and Court of Protection practitioner. He joined chambers in January 2018, moving from the Liverpool bar. He brings considerable experience into his work from his former career as an associate teacher in an inner-city Manchester education trust.
Jack accepts instructions in all areas of his disciplines. He is happy to advise on all matters from the pre-issue stage and onwards, both in conference and in writing.
Jack represents local authorities, parents, grandparents and children in care and adoption proceedings at every stage – from interim hearings to finding of fact and final hearings. He has appeared in all levels of the Family Court, and in the High Court. He has experience of applications under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, for example for deprivation of liberty in relation to children.
He has experience of cases involving physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, forced marriage, international and jurisdictional issues, non-accidental injury and emotional abuse. He has represented the Official Solicitor several times, and is experienced in cases where mental capacity is a live issue.
Jack understands that being involved in proceedings can be distressing, and will always seek to engage his clients sensitively, and involve them in every stage of the process.
Jack regularly represents litigants in private law proceedings and has experience of all types of applications and orders under the Children Act. He is regularly instructed in applications for Child Arrangement Orders to determine custody and contact, enforcement applications and injunctive relief where domestic violence is alleged, at ex-parte and contested hearings. He has experience of proceedings with an international element.
Jack accepts instructions in financial proceedings such as Schedule 1 Children Act applications for child maintenance and support, and financial remedy (ancillary relief) applications. He further accepts instructions in divorce/marital and cohabitee disputes.
Court of Protection
Jack also practises in the Court of Protection, with a particular interest in applications relating to deputyship and welfare issues. He represents all parties, including public authorities, in all types of applications before the Court. He has a strong academic interest in the law relating to capacity regarding medical treatments.
Jack was born and raised in South Manchester. He read law at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Manchester, completing a Masters Degree (with distinction) in Health Care Ethics and Law.
Jack has a longstanding academic interest in mental health law and capacity. He produced a highly marked thesis on the law of sterilisation of intellectually disabled adults, has written articles on the Mental Health Act (specifically an article for AMHPs regarding TW v Enfield BC  EWCA Civ 36, considering the case law regarding ‘nearest relatives’ as a safeguard for patients), and has co-authored a guide for the families of prisoners with mental health difficulties and those detained under s.37/41 Mental Health Act.
Jack spent two years as an associate teacher in primary education in Burnage and Withington, before studying for the bar.
Outside of the law, Jack’s interests include eating cheese, good food, drinking gin and listening to The Smiths. He is learning Spanish, and plays the Ukulele. He is a keen football fan of Manchester City FC, and his boyhood Stockport County. Jack is an FA-qualified coach and recently coached an under-11 side in Withington. He previously worked as a youth scout for Everton Football Club.