Harriet is a solicitor of twenty years experience working with the renowned civil liberties firm, Birnberg Peirce and Partners. She is the winner of the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award 2014 and winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018 for public law.  Recently she has founded The Centre for Women’s Justice, a new multi partner organization aimed at bringing cases holding the state to account in relation to violence against women and girls. She is also an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, Justice for Women and is a trustee of the charity, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize.

Among her notable cases are:

  • acting for eight women who brought claims against the metropolitan police arising from being deceived in relationships with undercover police officers – recently resulting in an unprecedented apology and substantial compensation payments Dil & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 2184 (QB) (02 July 2014)
  • acting for two rape victims of the notorious taxi driver John Woboys, and establishing the precedent at Court of Appeal level whereby the police failure to investigate was held to be a violation of Article 3 ECHR Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis v DSD and NBV and Alio Koraou v Chief Constable of Manchester [2015] EWCA Civ 646.
  • acting for two women detained at Yarl’s Wood who alleged they were sexually abused by detention centre employees
  • acting for a victim of sex trafficking who was unlawfully removed to her home country Moldova where she was re-trafficked
  • acting in inquest proceedings for the father of Eleanor de Freitas who killed herself on the eve of a trial where she was accused of perverting the course of justice by allegedly making a false allegation of rape
  • acting for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes who was shot dead by Metropolitan police in July 2005
  • acting for a number of men in claims arising from Britain’s complicity in their rendition and torture at Guantanamo Bay.
  • acting for a number of women in successful appeals against their murder convictions including, Stacey Hyde, Christine Devaney, Diane Butler, Kirsty Scamp and Emma Humphreys
Harriet Wistrich