Harriet Gilchrist


Harriet joined Chambers in 2018 and specialises in criminal law. She has developed a busy criminal practice, both Prosecuting and Defending in the Crown Court, across the spectrum of criminal offences.

Harriet has been instructed to act in the Crown Court in cases involving, for example, serious violence, robbery, dishonest offences (including burglary, fraud by false representation, theft and blackmail), supply and importation of Class A and Class B drugs, violent disorder, breach of orders and sexual assault. Harriet has also appeared before the Court of Appeal.

Since joining Chambers Harriet has also been instructed in serious cases involving youths, most notably, inflicting grievous bodily harm, county line drugs matters, rape and multi-handed robbery.

As well as being a Graded Advocate for the CPS Harriet is regularly instructed by London’s Borough Councils to prosecute criminal regulatory offences. Harriet also prosecutes on behalf of other regulatory bodies, including the ACCA. Harriet also has Court Martial experience, having been instructed as Junior Counsel in an on-going matter.

Further, Harriet is frequently instructed by Transport for London in civil possession claims in the County Court and has appeared before the High Court.

Harriet is currently working on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry undertaking second level disclosure review.

In addition, Harriet has been instructed to represent a political figure in injunction applications and civil claims against well known public bodies.

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  • BA Geography – University College London
  • GDL – Kaplan Law School
  • BPTC – University of Law
  • CPS – Level 1

Associations and Memberships

  • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Notable Cases

Crown Court

R v S, Woolwich Crown Court - Successful defence of a man charged with PWITS and possession of criminal property and secured a sentence of time served for simple possession. This case involved complex legal argument and cross-examination of the OIC.

R v Q, Blackfriars Crown Court - secured the acquittal of a man charged with theft from employer, despite damning CCTV evidence.

R v C & Others, Snaresbrook Crown Court - successfully argued for a community order following trial for non-domestic burglary.

R v A, Guildford Crown Court - secured a community order for a lady charged with two sophisticated frauds by false representation committed in one week to a total value of £18,000.

R v B, Wood Green Crown Court - secured a suspended sentence order for a young man who, as part of a group in a public park, was caught with a butterfly knife and large kitchen knife on his person.

R v I, Harrow Crown Court - convinced the court to give a deferred sentence rather than immediate custody for a man who has falsely claimed wages of over £45,000 over a 12 month period from his former employer for him to pay back the money. Back before the court in March.

R v H, Wood Green Crown Court - secured a suspended sentence for a man who pleaded to being in possession of articles for use in fraud. He had previously received custodial sentences for like offences.

R v S, Newport (Isle of Wight) Crown Court - successfully argued for a community order for a lady who had held herself out to be collecting money for a local charity, instead keeping the sum of £10,000 to fund her own child’s care.

Re: M, Lewes Crown Court - secured a youth rehabilitation order for a young man charged with robbery. His co-Defendant received a DTO.

Magistrates and Youth Court

R v M, Oxford Magistrates’ Court - secured an acquittal for a gentleman charged with assaulting his teenage son. Case included legal argument from disclosure to bad character and considered questioning as all parties were vulnerable.

R v W, Ipswich Youth Court - successful defence of a youth accused of criminal damage and harassment of his teenage girlfriend.

R v M, Colchester Youth Court - secured a referral order for a youth charged with rape and attempted rape of his 9 year old brother. Argued against the need for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order in this case.

R v D, Ipswich Youth Court - secured a referral order for a young girl who had been convicted of assaulting her mother by biting and stabbing her with a screwdriver at separate trials.