Miss Harriet Lavis > Chambers of George Coates > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers

Work Department




Harriet joined Guildford Chambers in 2017 after successfully completing her pupillage. Harriet has developed a broad family law practice.

Private Law Children

Harriet has represented a wide variety of clients at all stages of private law children disputes. She acts regularly for parents, other family members and Guardians. She has recently had experience of cases involving international relocation, serious allegations of abuse, intractable hostility to contact, and matters in relation to jurisdiction. Many cases have involved disputes over a child’s residence. Harriet has been successful both in obtaining a transfer of residence in her client’s favour and successfully resisting such applications.

Family Finance

Harriet accepts work at all stages of financial remedy disputes. She has experience of taking a case from first appointment to final hearing. Harriet is mindful of the potential advantages to her clients in settling a case and gives clear advice on her client’s prospects where possible. Recent cases have involved international property and assets, short marriages, third party interests, and allegations of non-disclosure.

Domestic Violence and Injunctions

Harriet has considerable experience in cases involving domestic violence, representing clients from initial emergency applications through to final hearings. She has represented both applicants and respondents to domestic violence allegations, and is able to apply this broad range of experience to give informed advice to her clients. She has successfully obtained occupation orders for clients.


Harriet read Law at Durham University, and passed the BPTC in 2014. While on the BPTC she volunteered at South Westminster Legal Advice Centre, dealing with a range of legal issues and a wide variety of clients.


  • Family Law Bar Association


Durham University, LLB Law
Kaplan Law School, BPTC (Very Competent)