Public Law, European and UK Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, and Law for Campaign Groups.
Admissions and Qualifications
Law Society England and Wales, Solicitor. LLM London University (LSE). BA Philosophy and Law, Cambridge University.
Kate Harrison is a partner at Harrison Grant. Kate’s wide professional experience includes practice as an in-house lawyer, private practice, at a law centre and lecturing at two universities. Together with Stefanie Grant, Kate started the firm Harrison Grant in 2004, since when it has developed into a practice noted for its success in public law, environmental law and major judicial reviews.
Picked for her litigation skills, Kate has been included in the Lawyer “Hot 100″ for 2014, was Times Lawyer of the Week in 2007 when she acted for the claimants in a successful judicial review of the Government decision to support new nuclear power. and was shortlisted for ‘Solicitor of the Year’ in the prestigious 2010 Law Society Excellence Awards.
Advising and representing NGOs, local authorities, individuals and professional clients. Experienced in innovative and high profile cases involving expertise in domestic, European and environmental law, public law (including freedom of information) and human rights.
Sample cases/recent work
Buckinghamshire County Council and others v Secretary of State for Transport  UKSC 3, a challenge to HS2.
UKAFPO v SSEFRA  EWHC 1959 intervening in a case about fishing quota on behalf of NUTFA, representing the small in-shore fishing fleet.
Air Transport Association of America -v- Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Case C366/10): an intervention in the European Court of Justice on behalf of environmental organisations from the US, Europe and the UK in a case brought by American airlines, challenging the European application of the European Trading Scheme to international aviation;
R (Hillingdon and others) -v- Secretary of State for Transport (2010): a challenge to Government support for a third runway at Heathrow and the first case to be decided under the Climate Change Act 2008 and Planning Act 2008;
Bruton -v- ICO, Duchy of Cornwall and the Attorney General to the Prince of Wales (Information Tribunal): a landmark decision that the Duchy of Cornwall is a public authority under the Environmental Information Regulations (under appeal) to be heard in 2014.
Recent work also includes giving professional advice and assistance to another law firm in a competition case concerning the operation of the WEEE Directive, preparing a submission under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to the international tribunal (ITLOS), appearing before the Aarhus compliance committee in Geneva, acting on behalf of landowners opposed to fracking and acting in a challenge aiming to ensure the universal application of ETS to international aviation.
Kate has published articles in the Modern Law Review’’, the Industrial Law Journal, Environmental Law Management and in professional journals as well as giving many talks.
Kate Harrison is “a consummate strategist with a clear vision of what she is trying to achieve with a case.”
Chambers UK, 2011
“A formidable advocate who has excellent judgement.”
Chambers UK, 2012
“Apart from being ferociously bright, she has the ability to think outside the box”. Another source said: “She is very efficient in dealing with high octane litigation, and she has nerves of steel as well as a razor-sharp mind”.
Chambers UK, 2013