Areas of Expertise
Justin heads up the firm’s Defendant Road Traffic Accident team representing UK national insurers dealing with claims of the utmost significance often involving life-changing injuries. Justin also has wide experience of representing public authorities and insurers at inquests.
Justin is the Client Relationship Partner for a number of local authorities and specialises in dealing with complex cases including occupational stress, bullying, harassment and assault cases. Justin has experience of advising public sector clients on complex issues such as leisure trusts, sports stadia, pension fund agreements and urban regeneration projects and is familiar with the requirements of public sector bodies in such areas.
Justin deals with client companies, both commercial and charitable, on matters including governance, commercial contracts and corporate finance. Justin is also experienced in dispute resolution, particularly in relation to high value disputes in the sports, construction and engineering sectors.
Justin is the editor of the firm’s client insurance bulletins produced monthly.
"I thoroughly enjoy working with Justin. He knows how to run a case."
Chambers & Partners, 2024
"In addition to his multi-track work for a number of local authorities, ‘outstanding litigator’ Justin Harris heads up the firm’s road traffic department, which through its panel appointment with Ageas Insurance Company receives a raft of high-profile and complex catastrophic defence work."
Legal 500, 2024
“Justin Harris is ‘at the top of the tree in terms of high-value personal injury litigation’ and, as well as handling work for many of the firm’s public sector clients, has also been pivotal to the firm’s continued growth acting for several UK national insurers in the defence of significant motor claims.”
Legal 500, 2023
"Justin Harris is at the top of his game, trusted by insurers to manage a claim with calmness and skill."
Chambers & Partners, 2023
“A ’top-tier’ forward-thinking litigator, who combines tactical nous with a strong sense of pragmatism’, Justin Harris is appreciated not only by local authority clients but also by a growing number of insurers in relation to the defence of motor claims.”
Legal 500, 2022
"He is a hugely knowledgeable, focused and tenacious lawyer who has good judgement about cases. I have yet to come across someone who is so on the ball. He is a shrewd tactician who get cases to a settlement quickly and efficiently."
Chambers & Partners, 2022
“A match for any top-notch claimant partner in the country, Justin Harris is a real titan of the personal injury world and commands the respect of his peers.”
Legal 500, 2021
“He is meticulously thorough in his preparation and a delightful litigator.”
Chambers & Partners, 2021
“Justin Harris is a quiet, calm, efficient and wily tactician who is quite capable of landing a well-placed body blow when required. He has a top legal mind allied to a strong leadership style which ensures that all of his team deliver to the high standards expected of them.”
Legal 500, 2020
“Justin Harris assists insurance companies and local authorities with high-value, complex personal injury claims. Sources say he is ‘very focused and driven, and has excellent judgement’.”
Chambers & Partners, 2020
Ageas Insurance Ltd v Lee Stoodley & Advantage Insurance Co Ltd  - County Court, Lawtel 06.04.18: insurers avoiding policy for misrepresentation and obtaining a declaration
Rhiannon Pace v The City and County of Swansea  – County Court, Lawtel 04.10.07: extent of statutory duty of highway authority to remove ice from the carriageway
Lawrence v Pembrokeshire County Council  – EWCA Civ 446 – Court of Appeal: whether duty of care is owed to parent by social worker involved in child protection issues