Welcome to my Spring Newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading my news which covers much of what I have done since spending Christmas in Australia. Whilst there The Australian Prime Minster launched the letters patent for the Australian Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The Commission has now begun its work. It is likely to be a long haul to collect the evidence and reach conclusions. As a bit of light relief I was invited to do a Q and A for The Justinian (“Australia’s most revered and disturbing law journal”) . Aside from my views on prosecuting and defending sexual offences cases, what I think should be the most important thing to come out of the McClellan Royal Commission and what I would change about the way the law deals with sex offences, if you want to know my greatest weakness or how I describe myself in 3 words; click here.
Recently the headlines have been full of serious and fascinating cases from Oscar Pistorius to the Huhne/Pryce saga to the dreadful Philpott fire. Every story has huge public interest and intricacies of law. Now, perhaps more than ever, law is big news. In court, as always, my caseload includes complex matters of law and fact most recently dealing with expert evidence on automatism by parasomnia known as “sexsomnia”. For my 2011 sleep rape article click here. As for media commentary, my thanks to LBC, ITN, First Look TV and Channel 5 this season with plenty more in the year to come.
Obviously I cant leave this newsletter without expressing concern over the terms of the proposed QASA accreditation system and outrage at the Government “consultation” on competitive tendering – putting the lowest price on justice inevitably leading to no justice at all. I can do no more than recommend the brutally frank podcasts of Northpod Law. If you need me for criminal advocacy, CPD, public speaking or media commentary, please do not hesitate to contact me here. Otherwise I look forward to seeing you on the 19th of April at the MALA CPD event in Leicester where we can discuss Paris Brown’s tweets –more info.
Felicity writes in Halsbury’s Law Exchange: ‘Breaking through the layer of men’
“Lord Sumption is speaking at Middle Temple Women’s Forum in April. My hope is that he reads this first.
There is a saying on the internet that the ceiling isn’t glass, it’s a very dense layer of men. It applies to women vicars, women politicians, women in business and women lawyers. Despite some progress in the workplace, women are still not reaching the top and frankly women in all areas of working life are sick of waiting.”
Middle Temple Women’s Forum – 17th April 2013 – more info Felicity speaking at Midlands Asian Lawyers Association – 19th April 2013 – more info Bar Council meeting – 20th April 2013 – if you have any issues that you’d like Felicity to raise, please contact her Launch of the Women’s Room at Broadcasting House – 23rd April 2013 – more info Launch of the Vulnerable Witness Project: The Advocates Gateway – 26th April 2013 – more info
Felicity appears on Channel 5 Philpott House Fire : The Truth
1.3 million people tuned in to Channel 5 when the schedule was changed at 9pm on Wednesday 3rd of April to show a documentary “examining the high-profile Philpott story, featuring new material about the tragic event and subsequent trial” Felicity appeared in 2 slots dealing with the sexual background and the fire investigation. The documentary was repeated on Friday 5th April 2013 and now appears on Demand 5.
The Channel 5 documentary in which Felicity Gerry appeared is here.
To read Felicity’s article ‘Philpott: Why wasn’t it murder and when will he be free’ click here.
Felicity to take part in panel discussion on FGM after Integrate Bristol “My Normal Life” play – 29th June
‘My Normal Life’ is a touching and thought provoking play written by young people largely, but not exclusively, from fgm affected communities. It looks at the causes and effects of different forms of vawg, with several unexpected comical twists.