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Family - Children

Tom Harrill


Clerk Enquiries:


(Year of Call 2013)

Joined Chambers: 2013


University of Birmingham: BA English, First Class Honours (2011)
University of Birmingham: Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation (2012)
University of Law, Birmingham: BPTC, Very Competent (2013)


Tom has experience in public and private law family cases ranging from first hearings, to Interim Care Order applications, fact-finding hearings and contested interim and final hearings acting for parents and children. Tom has been instructed to act in relation to the following:

• Child Arrangements Orders
• Prohibited Steps Orders
• Specific Issue Orders
• Removal from the jurisdiction

Revocation & Human Rights Claims

Further, Tom has a depth of experience beyond his level of call in claims on behalf of children for damages and declaratory relief under the Human Rights Act 1998 following applications by local authorities to revoke placement orders and freeing orders.

He appears frequently in the High Court in a wide range of hearings relating to applications made under the freestanding jurisdiction of section 7(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998 and applications made within proceedings pursuant to section 7(1)(b) and has succeeded in securing declarations and significant awards in damages on behalf of the children he represents.

Given his parallel civil practice, Tom is fully conversant with the civil procedure and able confidently to deal with issues regarding jurisdiction, transfer of proceedings to the Queen’s Bench Division, involvement of the children’s Guardian, costs liability, costs budgeting hearings, debarral orders and relief from sanctions and the administration of any award in damages, which regularly arise given that such claims are quasi-administrative in nature.

Tom will gladly undertake advisory work in this area in relation to the merits of any claim, the substantive procedure, quantum and costs. He can provide skeleton arguments, draft declarations and written submissions as required and within tight timescales. Further, Tom is able to advise on the best way to hold or administer any award of damages in the best possible way for the child involved.


Social Housing Law Association (SHLA)
Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Denning Scholar 2012
Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn: Sir Roger Cholmeley Scholar 2013

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