Harry Sheehan

Year of Call: 2017

Harry Sheehan

Year of Call: 2017

Harry Sheehan

Year of Call: 2017

Harry Sheehan

Harry Sheehan

Year of Call: 2017

Harry is developing a practice across all of Chambers’ core areas, including personal injury, tax, employment, insurance & reinsurance, and commercial litigation.

Harry has been instructed as junior counsel in a number of large and complex cases and, in early 2019, is due to appear (as junior counsel) in the Supreme Court. He also regularly acts as sole counsel in smaller disputes.

Prior to commencing Pupillage, Harry read Philosophy at Cambridge and obtained a masters from UCL where he studied the nature of promises.

  • Employment

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    Harry is developing a broad practice covering all areas of employment law. He is regularly instructed to appear at both preliminary and final hearings, acting for both claimants and respondents. 

    Harry has recently been instructed in the following cases:

    • A claim for unfair dismissal, automatic unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and direct discrimination, acting for the respondent in a case in which the claimant was a trade union representative
    • A claim for unfair dismissal and direct discrimination, acting for the claimant, involving issues of continuous employment period and the correct identity of the claimant's employer
    • Acting for the respondent in a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract on behalf of the respondent
    • Acting for the claimant in a claim for unpaid wages, due to take place in the county court


    In addition to regular appearances in the Employment Tribunal, Harry’s practice includes drafting legal documents and advising clients in conference.

  • Personal Injury

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    Harry has gained experience in a wide range of personal injury matters since beginning to accept instructions in his own right. He is currently instructed as junior to Rob Weir QC in a case concerning access to court documents and will appear in the Supreme Court in early 2019.

    Harry regularly acts as sole counsel in personal injury fast track cases, as well as in small claims hearings, and regularly carries out trials in such matters. He has experience representing both claimants and defendants.

    His areas of expertise include:

    • Road traffic accidents
    • Occupiers’ liability cases
    • Public liability cases
    • Stage 3 Disposal hearings
    • Infant settlement agreements


    Harry has also been instructed on a number of preliminary matters including an eleventh hour application for expert handwriting evidence in a matter involving allegedly forged documents, as well as applications for strike out and relief from sanctions. 

    As pupil to Jonathan Butters, Harry also gained experience in employers’ liability, fatal injuries, clinical negligence and asbestos related diseases.

  • Tax

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    Harry is presently instructed in a number of tax cases on behalf of the revenue including:

    • A case concerning an alleged tax avoidance scheme which sought to dispose of trust property in the UK and acquire similar trust property offshore to avoid a charge to inheritance tax of around 2.4 million pounds
    • A case concerning an alleged tax avoidance scheme which sought to artificially engineer capital losses to reduce a charge to capital gains tax of around seven hundred thousand pounds


    Harry also has experience of acting on behalf of taxpayers and has recently been involved in a dispute with the revenue concerning the application of IR35 to the business of a television personality. 

    As pupil to Aparna Nathan, Harry gained a broad experience of tax litigation as well as a range of advisory matters, including: agricultural and business property relief, the transfer of assets regime, judicial review of matters involving HMRC and the gift subject to reservation regime.

     

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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    Harry is developing a practice in insurance litigation.

  • Commercial Litigation

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    During the course of pupillage, Harry gained experience of litigation in UK courts involving jurisdictional issues posed by non-domestic parties, and disputes arising from international arbitration. He is currently seeking to develop his practice in this area.

Academic

City University, Bar Professional Training Course (very competent)

City University, Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)

University College London, MPhil Stud. Moral and Political Philosophy

University of Cambridge (Selwyn College), MA (Double First Class Honours Degree) Philosophy

Awards & scholarships

Dawes-Hicks Scholarship

Inner Temple Major Scholarship

Lifetime scholar of Selwyn College

Mooting

Quarter-finalist - City University GDL Mooting competition

Semi-finalist - National Speed Mooting competition

Quarter-finalist - Crown Office Chambers Mooting Competition