Jack Harrison provides specialist advice and representation in all matters related to the family. He acts in applications both in relation to children – where he is particularly favoured and experienced – and family finance and divorce.
Jack accepts instructions in all areas of his specialism, and is happy to advise on all matters from the pre-issue stage and onwards, both in writing and in conference.
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. He has a reputation as a robust advocate, and will always try and get the best result for his clients.
Jack is very experienced in cases concerning 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 has experience of proceedings with an international element.
Jack is also experienced in care proceedings, where he 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.
His experience in children cases is wide, extending to physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, forced marriage, international and jurisdictional issues, non-accidental injury (including serious injuries to young children) and emotional abuse. He has represented the Official Solicitor several times, and is experienced in cases where mental capacity is a live issue.
Divorce and Family Finance
Jack acts for clients in divorce, judicial separation and dissolution proceedings. He accepts instructions in all financial proceedings, including claims for financial remedy and applications under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989. He has experience of cohabitee disputes, and is experienced in applications under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees 1996 (particularly where there is an overlap of Schedule 1 Children Act 1989).
Outside the law
Jack regularly gives seminars and talks, and has delivered training for professionals. He is a trustee of the charity Child Concern and is secretary of the Manchester FLBA.
Jack’s interests include eating cheese, drinking gin and listening to The Smiths. He speaks conversational Spanish. He is a keen supporter of Manchester’s better football club, Manchester City. Jack is an FA-qualified coach and coached youth football. He previously worked as a youth scout for Everton FC.
Jack can be found on Twitter @JackHarrison
Re E – Care Proceedings, Jack represented a parent at a finding of fact hearing who was accused of causing serious fractures and shaking injuries to a young baby.
Re D – Private Law Children, Jack represented a special guardian at a 10 day finding of fact hearing, seeking findings of serious sexual abuse against the biological parents of children.
Lancashire County Council v TP and others  EWFC 30 – Care Proceedings, Jack was disclosure junior as part of a team of counsel (including Queen’s Counsel) representing a local authority in a case of alleged 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 R – Private Law Children, Jack acted for a r.16.4 guardian throughout a case involving allegations of serious sexual abuse against a parent.
Re R – Private Law Children, Jack represented a parent throughout an application for contact. The parents hailed from North Manchester’s Charedi Jewish community.