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Harriet Errington

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Harriet is an accomplished family law partner, experienced litigator and skilled negotiator.

Harriet has been commended for the “wonderfully empathetic” yet firm and robust manner in which she steers her clients through complex personal matters, coupled with a “dedication and commitment”  to her cases that “is unmatched”. She has been widely recognised for her achievements by the legal directories including Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, which describe her as “one of the smartest lawyers” and a “savvy litigator”, who “understands when to fight and when to settle”.

Harriet’s practice covers all aspects of family law, including divorce and the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, children disputes and financial claims made in England following an overseas divorce (under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984).

Harriet has extensive expertise in international divorce cases, specialising in complicated financial disputes involving high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals with assets and interests across multiple jurisdictions. Harriet has acted for some of the wealthiest and most high profile families in the Middle East, Europe and the UK. Harriet is experienced in Sharia law and legal issues concerning the recognition in England of foreign and / or religious marriages and divorces overseas. As a consequence, Harriet has been individually ranked in Chambers High Net Worth / Ultra High Net Worth guides since 2017.

Harriet also specialises in complex international private children law matters including international leave to remove and child abduction cases. These cases can be highly emotional; however Harriet guides her clients through them sensitively and assuredly. She is highly ranked by Chambers UK for her expertise in difficult children matters.

Complementing her vast experience of litigation and dispute resolution, Harriet is also an adept settlement negotiator when it is in her client’s interests to achieve an amicable resolution. She routinely assists clients in obtaining a range of out-of-court settlements, including the negotiation and agreement of financial settlements and resolving children disputes in a positive manner. Harriet also specialises in drafting and negotiating the terms of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, often with an international/cross-border element.

Harriet adopts a straightforward approach in navigating clients through the complex and often emotional issues arising from the breakdown of their relationships. Harriet’s focus is on achieving the best outcome for her clients in a productive and efficient manner. Harriet has built exceptionally strong links with some of the leading barristers in London, in order to deliver a comprehensive service for her clients.

Harriet is a leading commentator in her field and has a significant and growing national and international profile. She is regularly asked to contribute to both mass-media publications and thought-leadership articles, including The Times, The Telegraph, The FT, CityAM, Spears and The Law Society Gazette. Harriet also appears on TV and radio to speak about family law related issues, including BBC News, LBC, BBC Radio and Times Radio.

Harriet lives in London and is married with two children. She is involved in the local community and with her children’s school. She also spends time volunteering as trustee of a charitable trust. Harriet is from a Scottish farming background and enjoys escaping to the countryside and spending time with her family.

Harriet qualified as a solicitor in 2009.

  • Chambers HNW, Ranked Individual, 2022 – 2023 
  • Legal 500, Next Gen Partner, 2021 – 2024
  • Spear’s Family Law Index, Recommended, 2021 – 2023
  • Chambers UK, Ranked Individual, 2022 – 2024
  • Chambers HNW, Up and Coming, 2020 & 2021
  • Chambers UK, Associate to Watch, 2020
  • Legal 500, Rising Stars, 2020
  • Chambers HNW, Associates to Watch, 2017 – 2019

  • Resolution

  • AB v CB [2014] EWHC 2998 (variation of a nuptial settlement on divorce)
  • Iqbal v Iqbal [2017] EWCA Civ 19 (appeal against a financial remedy order)
  • KA v MA [2018] EWHC 499 (challenge to a pre-nuptial agreement on divorce)

  • International Arbitration Journal
  • New Law Journal
  • STEP Journal
  • Tolley’s Estate Planning

Harriet is regularly asked to contribute to both mass-media publications and thought-leadership articles, including The Times, The Telegraph, The FT, CityAM, Spears and The Law Society Gazette. Harriet also appears on TV and radio to speak about family law related issues, including BBC News, LBC, BBC Radio and Times Radio.