Harriet Child worked as a paralegal and then trained at Deighton Pierce Glynn (DPG), qualifying as a solicitor in 2020. Much of the work she did during her training related to human rights, equality and asylum support law.

After qualifying, Harriet began volunteering with CPRE London, a charity dedicated to protecting open spaces. She worked for 3 years on a project dedicated to the preservation of public open spaces in London that were at risk of being sold or otherwise privatised by local authorities, essentially removing the public’s rights of access to open spaces and recreational facilities. As part of this, she undertook research into the legal history of the land: how the local authority came to own it, under what legislative power, and what its statutory purpose is. This information was used to challenge local authorities’ approach to decision-making about the land – and to press for them to take this relevant information into account.

Harriet now undertakes case work in this area with a particular interest in how statutory protections that pre-date the planning system are of relevance today in protecting the public’s rights of access to open spaces.