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 ranked as a leading silk in the Legal 500 for 2017: ‘she appears in complex appeal cases’ and in 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 (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 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 (3rd Ed forthcoming) 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). 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. Her submissions and Evidence on behalf of Civil Liberties were accepted by Parliamentary Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. 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. 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 lectures on Terrorism, Cybercrime and Sexual Offending and has provided training in the Bangladesh Judiciary Management Project on Terrorism and Money Laundering.
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 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.
She is a popular public speaker and can be followed on twitter @felicitygerry
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