Robert Harvey returns to roots at Furley Law
Robert Harvey, who helped survivors of the Herald of Free
Enterprise ferry disaster, is returning to his roots in Chatham
Mr Harvey, 61, maintains a maritime tradition by joining law
firm Furley Page as a chartered legal executive.
He has more than 40 years’ experience as a personal injury
lawyer, helping thousands of accident victims, including former
dockyard workers making asbestosis claims.
Educated at Upbury Manor Secondary School and Maidstone and
Holborn Colleges, he has enjoyed a long legal career but it could
have all been so different. As a schoolboy in 1967, he passed the
Dockyard Entrance Exam at Chatham.
A job as an apprentice shipwright beckoned but he was seduced by
the legal profession and now, more than four decades later, returns
to the dockyard at Furley Page’s Admiral’s Offices.
Harvey is a vocal advocate of the rights of innocent accident
His most high-profile case involved representing three
traumatised survivors of the Herald of Free Enterprise tragedy in
1987 when 193 passengers and crew perished after the ferry capsized
outside the port of Zeebrugge.
He says: “Sometimes as a personal injury lawyer, I’m the only
one there to stand up for the victim.
“When there is a fatal accident case it can be the toughest job
to deal with but helping the family left behind is the motivation
which gets you through.”
Mr Harvey is married, and follows sport, including football – he
is a lifelong Arsenal fan – and F1 motor racing.
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