Felicity Gerry QC was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1994 and took silk in 2014. She is also admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory of Australia. She has been recognised in the UK Legal 500 as a “Fearless and effective advocate” and “Tenacious in court” and “An expert in the field of sex offences” and in Chambers and Partners UK as “A vastly experienced advocate noted for her experience in serious sexual cases, homicides and frauds”.
At the independent Bar, Felicity has prosecuted and defended in numerous cases involving major, serious and complex crime, often with an international element. This has included cross-jurisdictional rape, murder by foreign nationals involving evidence obtained from abroad, conspiracy to import illegal immigrants and international fraud. Her significant trial and appellate experience has also led to an expertise in online offending in the context of online abuse and exploitation, money laundering and online fraud. She has, for example, used data and metadata as evidence in criminal cases.
Since 2013, Felicity has also held a research active post in the School of Law at Charles Darwin University, in the Northern Territory of Australia, focussing on transnational criminal law and human rights, particularly in the context of violence against women and girls and the rule of law online. She currently lectures in advanced crime, evidence and contemporary issues and is Chair of the Research and Research Training Committee and recently taught Masters students at De La Salle University in Manila. She has coordinated the legal clinic, launched a pilot innocence project and has a grant funded project on women’s health and the law together with Menzies School of Health.
Felicity is also co-author of The Sexual Offences Handbook (2nd Edition 2014) that sets out all the English law, practice and procedure from 1957 to date in this difficult field of law and has a dedicated chapter on online offending. She regularly publishes in the broadsheet and legal press as well as peer reviewed papers. Felicity has published papers on human trafficking, female genital mutilation, advocacy with vulnerable witnesses and global cyber law in the context of human rights. She recently provided a report for the ILRC of the American Bar Association Justice Defenders Programme on the draft cyber law for Cambodia. Her research into the global law on human trafficking recently enabled her to assist transnationally in the reprieve from execution of Philippine national Mary Jane Veloso.
She is on the Professional Board for Computer Law and Security Review and Halsbury’s Law Exchange, on the management committee of The Advocates Gateway, and is the Public Officer for Corrugated Iron Community Arts.
She is a popular speaker and can be followed on twitter @felicitygerry