Jack Harding

Call: 2004
Senior (10+ yrs call)

According to the directories, Jack is "Supremely intelligent and practically very sound", "has an incredible ability to view a case from all angles and often pre-empts issues before they even arise" and that he "turns things around very quickly, gets to the nub of the issue and gives strong advice".
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Regarded as a leading junior in the field of cross-border personal injury claims, aviation matters and package holiday work, Jack is regularly asked to advise tour operators, airports, airlines and other companies on a range of issues relating to international travel.

Jack is also increasingly developing a practice in defending public authorities (such as local authorities, NHS Trusts and the police and emergency services) against a range of tortious and statutory claims, and has been involved in high profile decisions in the field of Occupiers’ Liability (Edwards v London Borough of Sutton) and Occupational Stress (Bailey v Devon Partnership NHS Trust).

Jack has recently been appointed to be a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern circuit.

  • BA – Cambridge University (1st class)

  • MA Cambridge; BVC Nottingham Law School

Recent cases

  • Edwards v London Borough of Sutton (2017) - Leading Court of Appeal decision on the decision of an Occupier of Land in respect of the duty to warn of risks

  • Bailey v Devon NHS Partnership Trust (2014) Leading high court decision on the liability for occupational stress and risk assessment

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2021

Travel Law - leading juniors - Tier 1 - ‘He is very forensic in his dealings on cases and quickly gets to grips with complicated issues in cross-jurisdictional cases.’’

Consumer - leading juniors - Tier 3 - ‘Recommended for travel law cases.'


Chambers & Partners 2020

Travel: International Personal Injury - (Juniors) Band 2

His wide-ranging practice covers private international law, aviation accidents and package travel. He is also well versed in aviation-related discrimination cases. He represents claimants and defendant tour operators, airlines, hotels and insurers in cases arising from aircraft incidents and outbreaks of illness, including in large group actions.
"Extremely knowledgeable and sharp – an excellent tactician." "He's very approachable, easy to deal with and exceptionally bright. He also has meticulous attention to detail and an excellent grasp of travel litigation." "Very effective in court."

Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Bondarenko v TUI, a heavily publicised holiday sickness claim in which two claimants have sought to discontinue their case after being confronted with Facebook and other evidence suggesting that their alleged illness may have been fabricated. The Greek hotelier made a counterclaim for in excess of £100,000 for 'damaging its reputation'.

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  • Personal Injury Bar Association

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Action Against Medical Accidents

  • Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association (TATLA)


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