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 leading for the defence in serious and complex criminal cases, often with an international element.

She recently led the defence teams in R v Rowe; allegations of multiple intentional infection with HIV, R v Rebelo; alleging manslaughter by DNP imported to the UK from China and R v Abbas; an alleged conspiracy to prepare and plan for a terrorist act in Melbourne. She led the appeal 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 has been described in the Legal 500 as “fearless and independent minded” and ‘she appears in complex appeal cases’ and ‘well respected for national and international appellate issues’ and 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 (IBA) and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA). Felicity is appointed a Member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Felicity is also Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University, an Adjunct Fellow at Charles Darwin University and Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney. She is also an affiliated Member of the Research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussel. She has lectured on Terrorism, Cybercrime, Transnational Law, International Criminal Law, Science and Law, Criminology and Feminist Legal Theory and Sexual offending and has provided training in the Bangladesh Judiciary Management Project on Terrorism and Money Laundering.

Felicity’s publications focus on the fields of women & law, technology & law and reforming justice systems, particularly in the context of vulnerability and disability. This includes co-authoring The Sexual Offences Handbook (3rd Ed forthcoming), contributing to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice (2018), 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).

Felicity has provided training to various organisations including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as part of 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. Her submissions and evidence on behalf of Civil Liberties Australia were accepted by Parliamentary Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. She also 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.

Internationally Felicity 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. She 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:

• Member of Management Committee for The Advocates Gateway preparing toolkits for advocacy with vulnerable people.
• Member of International Bar Association.
• Member of Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
• Member of UK Female Fraud Forum and Fraud Lawyers Association.
• Member of global Research Unit for interdisciplinary research on mathematics and law.
• Member of Everywoman Everywhere Coalition.
• Member of Expert Reflection Group (Trafficking as a Criminal Enterprise).
• Member of UK Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association.
• Professional Board Member, Computer Law & Security Review (Elsevier) (CLSR).
• Board Member Halsbury’s Law Exchange – a politically independent legal think tank engaged in writing articles and contributing to policy papers
• Executive Committee Member, International Commission of Jurists, Victoria.
• Legal member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the Northern Territory of Australia.
• Affiliated Member of Research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
• JUSTICE working party on fair trial rights

Past:

• Chair Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Darwin, Australia.
• Vice President, Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory of Australia.
• Member of 2017 International Conference Committee (2015 Chair) for The Advocates Gateway
• Associate Editor and Reviewer: International Journal of Issues in Legal Scholarship (ILS).
• Contributed to JUSTICE report on Mental Health and Fair Trial.
• Member of Expert Group on Procedural Rights, Fair Trials International.
• 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.
• 2013 Bar Council South Eastern Circuit Representative.
• Part of team providing legal advice and assistance for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Specialisms: Sexual offending and defamation.
• 2012 Bar Council for England and Wales Public Affairs Committee.
• 2004 to 2008 Chair of 36 Bedford Row Marketing Committee.
• 2000 to 2004 Midland Circuit Committee, Leicester Representative.
• First woman to write comment piece for CL&JW in its (then) 175 year history.