Harriet Gilchrist


Harriet joined Chambers in 2018 following successful completion of third six pupillage. She accepts instructions in all areas of crime, in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth courts. Harriet has experience of dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses and has completed her Vulnerable Witness Training.

Harriet both defends and prosecutes, enabling her to bring a rounded understanding to cases. Harriet is on the CPS advocate panel and also prosecutes for local authorities. Alongside criminal matters, Harriet has experience in prison law and accepts instructions in civil work.

Prior to joining Chambers Harriet worked as a consultant for a Prison Law firm representing clients before the Parole Board, at both standard and recall hearings. In addition, Harriet specialised in appeal work and provided written advice on appeal against conviction and sentence.

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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.