Felicity Gerry QC

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General Crime

Felicity appeared in all types of general criminal cases over 25 years but particularly specialises in cases involving novel or complex legal issues. She has appeared in numerous trials and appeals relating to rape, gang rape, historic sexual offending and human trafficking. She has significant experience and expertise in the admissibility of evidence of propensity, tendency and coincidence and has published numerous peer reviewed and other articles on the proper approach to cases of this type. She understands the technological issues in relation to cybercrime and appeared in the guideline case in relation to mens rea in importation of images cases. She is on the Management Committee of The UK Advocates Gateway that produces toolkits for advocacy with vulnerable people and has contributed to a book on Vulnerability in Justice Systems.

Sample cases include:

R v Rowe 2018 leading for the defence in trial and appeal on allegations of intentional infection with HIV

R v M 2018 - Defence in Military Court for alleged rape by an officer on a fellow officer.

R v S 2017 – Advising in relation to allegations of possession and distribution of indecent images

R v P (Gibraltar) 2017 – Defence of sexual allegations involving advocacy relating to a 4 year old child.

R v Grieve 2016 (NT) – Mercy petition: Subject of The Australian featured documentary.

R v Maung 2016 - Successful defence of a Dr accused of sexually assaulting a patient (on a retrial) after a successful appeal against conviction.

R v P 2016 - Successful defence of allegations of marital rape involving significant unused material relating to a two decade marriage and nearly a decade of separation and divorce proceedings.

R v Raynor 2015 - defence of former GB Rugby League player acquitted on allegations of rape and wounding.

R v Munkara 2015 – Defence of indigenous male accused of sexual offending. Voir Dire on adducing evidence from a vulnerable indigenous complainant and admissibility of indigenous defendant’s police interview reported at The Queen v BM [2015] NTSC 73

R v W 2014 - successful appeal conviction in relation to allegations of historic sexual abuse where judicial directions were held to have been inadequate on the burden and standard of proof.

R v C 2014 - Defence of alleged gang rape involving issues of extradition where the prosecution offered no evidence on the second day of the trial and the court awarded over £33,000 in wasted costs to the defendant who was a foreign national.

R v T and others 2013: Multi-handed defence of multiple allegations of child sexual abuse.