Leading Criminal Defence Specialists
Members of Libertas Chambers are regularly instructed in trials and appeals relating to Terrorism Law domestically and internationally.
Our Queens Counsel frequently lead in complex terrorism cases including long terrorism trials where a particular expertise is needed in the use of technology and data analysis in this context. Our cases have involved analysis and advice on terrorism and extremist legislation including relating to repatriation of citizens in Syrian camps, the taking of a child to Syria and trials labelled ‘domestic extremism’.
Specifically, members have represented defendants charged with various offences such as Terrorist acts, Preparation and Encouragement of Terrorism, Finance and Money Laundering in relation to Terrorism acts and Possessing, Collecting and Disseminating Terrorist literature and information.
Our members are experienced in assessing evidence and legal issues in large scale investigations which, in terrorism matters, will frequently include exhaustive enquiries into a defendant’s financial records, as well as ‘mind-set’ evaluations and association evidence. The demands on those representing defendants charged with terrorist offences are well understood and managed carefully by members of chambers.
Members of Libertas Chambers have experience in the financial aspects of terrorism matters including account freezing orders and Forfeiture Orders under the Proceeds of Crime which are also frequently sought in respect of alleged terrorist activity. These can be contested and members of Libertas Chambers are often instructed to challenge the imposition of these and similar orders.
Felicity Gerry QC is particularly interested in how counter terrorism measures affect women and girls. She currently appears pro bono for JUSTICE as an intervener in the UK Supreme Court in the Shamima Begum appeal and teaches ‘Terrorism Law’ at Deakin University.
Most recently, Gerry Hillman and Sarah Day appeared at trial, re-trial and then successfully in Court of Appeal in the case of R vs Connor Scothern ( EWCA Crim 1540) where issues concerned membership of a proscribed organisation.