Jack Harrison provides specialist advice and representation in all matters relating to children.
Jack’s experience of cases within children law is wide, and he regularly deals with serious and complex cases involving difficult factual issues such as serious injuries to children (including fractures and shaking injuries), physical, sexual and emotional abuse to children and adults (including historic sexual abuse), fabricated or induced illness (FII), substance abuse, forced marriage and gender issues.
As Chambers’ official pro bono champion, Jack regularly takes on children cases free of charge through Advocate – the bar’s pro bono charity.
Private Law – Children
In private law, Jack represents parents, family members and children within proceedings under Children Act 1989. He has experience of all types of applications and orders relating to children and the family, including applications for Child Arrangement Orders, enforcement applications and injunctive relief. He is a popular choice for r.16.4 guardians.
He has particular expertise in cases where domestic abuse is a live issue and gives regular seminars and legal updates on this topic.
Jack is skilled in dealing with difficult cases, such as relocation or cases involving parental alienation. Jack has experience of cases involving an international element, including human trafficking.
Public Law – Children
Jack is very experienced in care proceedings, and represents local authorities, parents, grandparents and children in care and adoption proceedings. He has appeared in all levels of the Family Court, and in the High Court.
Jack is regularly instructed to draft documents within care proceedings, including threshold documents, case summaries and skeleton arguments. In all cases, he is happy to advise in writing or in conference at any stage of proceedings, and regularly provides pre-issue advice for Local Authorities.
Jack has experience of applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction, particularly relating to the deprivation of a child’s liberty.
Finances and Children
Jack regularly acts in applications concerning property or financial relief under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 or Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (and where there is an overlap between the two).
Outside the law
Jack is developing a keen interest in photography. He enjoys food, travel, and practising his conversational Spanish.
Before going to the Bar, Jack worked for two years as an associate teacher in a group of inner-city primary academies.
Jack can be found on Twitter @JackHarrison
Lancashire County Council v TP and others  EWFC 30 – Care Proceedings, Jack was disclosure junior led by Rehana Begum and Gemma Taylor QC representing a local authority in a case of alleged transgender FII, heard before a High Court Judge. Jack was responsible for the management, reviewing and redaction of over 70,000 pages of disclosure (records and documents).
Re AA (Children) & 25 Ors  EWFC 64 – Although unavailable for trial, Jack represented a parent from first hearing and throughout the incredibly complex case management process in this multi-handed public law application of 15 linked care cases relating to historic sex abuse of 3 children. Jack’s role at the beginning of the case involved a contested interim hearing before a high court judge.
Re M – Led by Rehana Begum in Care Proceedings, Jack appeared in a 15-day historic sexual abuse case in the High Court.
Re R – Private Law Children, Jack acted for a r.16.4 guardian throughout a case involving allegations of serious and historic allegations of sex abuse against a parent.
Re E – Care Proceedings, Jack represented an alleged perpetrator at a finding of fact hearing who was accused of causing serious fractures and shaking injuries to a young baby. Jack’s client was cleared of causing any injury.
Re D – Private Law Children, Jack represented a special guardian at a 10 day finding of fact hearing, seeking findings of serious and historic sexual abuse against the biological parents of children.