Felicity Gerry QC

year of call :

1994

year of silk :

2014

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Felicity Gerry QC is admitted in England and Australia and has had ad hoc admission in Hong Kong and Gibraltar. She specializes in serious and complex crime, often with an international element and increasingly with a corporate overlap, particularly in the context of fraud, money laundering, forced labour, slavery and servitude. She led the defence team in R v Jogee, the ground breaking murder appeal in the UK Supreme Court which held that the form of accessorial liability known as ‘joint enterprise’ was an erroneous tangent of law. The BBC described the judgment as ‘a moment of genuine legal history’. She appeared in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong (Chan Kam-shing 2016) and the High Court of Australia (Van Beelan 2017). She was Solicitors Journal Legal Personality of the Year for 2016 and is described in the Legal 500 for 2016 as ‘well respected for national and international appellate issues’ and previously in Chambers and Partners as ‘A vastly experienced advocate noted for her experience in serious sexual cases, homicides and frauds’. She is a member of International Bar Association and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

Felicity is also a Member of the Parameterize Complexity Research Unit for interdisciplinary research on mathematics and law at Charles Darwin University (CDU) where her research and publications focus the fields of women & law, technology & law and reforming justice systems, particularly in the context of vulnerability and disability. This includes The Sexual Offences Handbook (2ndED 2014) and Human Trafficking Emerging Legal Issues and Applications (2017) and the Fourth volume in the European Integration and Democracy Series, devoted to Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Relations as a Challenge for Democracy (2017). She has led a four year project on women in prison for Halsbury’s Law Exchange (part of the Lexis Nexis group) and leads a small Indigenous Justice Exoneration Project.

Felicity also coordinates / lectures part time in the School of Law at CDU at undergraduate and masters level across Transnational Law, International Criminal Law, Science and Law, Criminology and Feminist Legal Theory in the ‘Law, Justice and the State’ unit. Felicity has provided training to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as part of the The Modern Slavery Project which is a two year multilateral project providing practical advice and support to Commonwealth legislatures in the pursuit of combatting modern slavery. She is also an affiliated Member of the Research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussel and an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney where she has lectured in Terrorism, Cybercrime and Sexual Offending and provided training in the Bangladesh Judiciary Management Project on Terrorism and Money Laundering.

Felicity is a Member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the Northern Territory of Australia and Vice President of CLANT. Internationally she contributes to Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals (ALC) and contributed to the ICC Moot Court Manual for the IBA. She chaired the televised G20 Gender Equality forum at ANU in Canberra which prepared the report for the Sherpas to the G20 leaders and has appeared in the BAFTA nominated FGM documentary The Cruel Cut, ABC Foreign Correspondent's documentary Saving Mary Jane , BBC 3 Series ‘Sex on the Edge’, Channel 5 Documentaries on the April Jones and Sarah Payne child murders and on all major news channels including ABC, BBC News, Sky News, Russia Today and Al Jazeera.

Awards:

2016 NT Human Rights Award for Justice (organisations and groups) as a member of the Making Justice Work Coalition.
2016  Legal Personality of the Year: UK Solicitors Journal 160th Anniversary awards.
2015 CDU Ryan Family Award for commitment to excellence, outstanding results in research and innovative teaching approaches. It was recognised that “Felicity has played key roles in the development of international partnerships and has contributed to important outcomes in the region”.

Memberships and other positions of responsibility

Current:

• Legal member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the Northern Territory of Australia.
• Vice President, Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory of Australia.
• Member of JUSTICE working group on vulnerability in Justice Systems.
• Member of the Parameterise Complexity Research Unit for interdisciplinary research on mathematics and law
• Affiliated Member of Research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
• Member of International Bar Association.
• Member of Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
• Member of the International Section of the Law Council of Australia.
• Member of 2017 International Conference Committee (2015 Chair) for The Advocates Gateway and member of the Management Committee preparing toolkits for advocacy with vulnerable people.
• Member of Female Fraud Forum.
• Member of Everywoman Everywhere Coalition.
• Ambassador for Enough Abuse UK.
• Member of Expert Reflection Group (Trafficking as a Criminal Enterprise).
• Member of European Migration Research Platform
• Member of UK Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association.
• Professional Board Member, Computer Law & Security Review (Elsevier) (CLSR).
• Associate Editor and Reviewer: International Journal of Issues in Legal Scholarship (ILS).
• Board Member Halsbury’s Law Exchange – a politically independent legal think tank engaged in writing articles and contributing to policy papers.
• Board Member (formerly Chair) Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Darwin, Australia.

Past:

• Member of UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Rape and Sexual Violence.
• Panel member of Baroness Stern’s Rape and serious sexual offences UK Parliamentary group.
• Part of team providing legal advice and assistance for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Specialisms: Sexual offending and defamation.
• 2013 Bar Council South Eastern Circuit Representative.
• 2012 Bar Council for England and Wales Public Affairs Committee.
• 2000 to 2004 Midland Circuit Committee Leicester Representative.
• First woman to write comment piece for CL&JW in its (then) 175 year history.