Dr Felicity Gerry KC
Experienced International King’s Counsel in high demand, specialising in homicide, terrorism, war crimes, sanctions and modern slavery law. Felicity is also a Professor of Legal Practice and holds a PhD. She brings academic excellence to her role as a practitioner.
Felicity has a particular expertise in sanctions law, recently contributing to the delisting of the Golden City investment on the Singapore Stock Exchange and providing her expertise to the challenge to the sale of Telenor Myanmar. In 2023 she lectured in Sanctions law and was called upon to represent and advise in a customs conspiracy. Her PhD involved joint research on complex combinatoric mathematics and game theory. She has also advised on corporate responsibility for modern slavery in supply chains, logging importation and biosecurity breaches.
Felicity also has a niche practice area in art law including the destruction of cultural heritage, restitution, repatriation, and reparations.
Felicity excels in cases domestically and overseas involving difficult points of law, high profile, difficult or vulnerable clients and often a combination of all these factors, generally in the context of international, organised, and transnational crime.
Felicity is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and has a wealth of experience handling unusual, sensitive, or controversial matters.
She has extensive defence experience including acting in landmark trials and appeals in Homicide, Terrorism, Fraud, War Crimes, Modern slavery/human trafficking, and Sexual offending.
Her cases have significantly contributed to the development of domestic and international criminal law giving exceptional insight to the law in complex and sensitive areas which draw on her PhD and other academic experience as a Professor of Legal Practice.
Felicity is esteemed and in high demand, working with leading law firms on high profile cases in the UK and overseas and she welcomes a challenge.
She was Solicitor’s Journal Legal Personality of the Year 2016 and Australian Barrister of the Year 2020. She is often called upon to address reforms to criminal justice, including in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
Recent feedback: “The Defence battled with Prosecution for over 7 weeks to secure an acquittal. Felicity Gerry KC was outstanding in her performance throughout and certainly is one of the best in the country”.
Felicity has nearly 30 years’ experience of cases involving allegations of sexual offending at every level of seriousness, often involving high profile clients. This includes rape in homicide, intimate partner allegations, multi complainant cases and cases involving child witnesses. She is a co-author of The Sexual Offences Handbook (3rd Edition forthcoming) and has provided training, and published numerous articles, on the law in this area. She has been involved in the development of advocacy toolkits for questioning vulnerable witnesses and vulnerable defendants and has the skills and experience to deal with these sensitive cases. She is generally instructed to defend in complex recent and historic allegations, including those which involve deception, complex scientific evidence and digital material which gives rise to disclosure issues.
Sample cases include the following:
R v PBC high profile allegation of sexual assault outside the Royal Thames Yacht Club. Reporting restriction throughout trial on any links to Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein
Defending a trial involving allegations of Sexual and gender-based violence at the International Criminal Court.
Advisory opinion on Petition to the Privy Council on proposed sexual offending legislation.
R v C Leading for the defence in trial on multiple counts of sexual assault involving child protection records’ disclosure.
R v Rowe Led for the defence (trial and appeal) in the first prosecution for alleged intentional infection with HIV. Contested issues over intention. Evidence included complex expert opinion on phylogenetics.
R v P Defence acquittal on allegations of marital rape involving significant unused material relating to a 2 -decade marriage and nearly a decade of separation and divorce proceedings.
R v Maung – Trial and Appeal – Defence acquittal on retrial after successful appeal on behalf of a doctor accused of sexual assault on a patient.
Felicity is commonly called upon to advise and appear in complex appeals generally in her core areas of practice – homicide, fraud, terrorism, and war crimes.
She has led appeals at the highest level including the UK Supreme Court, the Australian High Court and the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. She was leading counsel in R v Jogee  UKSC 8 which corrected an error of law in “joint enterprise” law. She also led appeals in R v Lewis  EWCA Crim 1734 which clarified the law on joint principalship and in R v Rebelo (No1)  EWCA Crim 633 which clarified the law on manslaughter and intervening acts and in AAD and others  EWCA Crim 106 which provided guidance on Modern Slavery defences.
She also led the Intervention on behalf of JUSTICE in R (on the application of Begum) (Appellant) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Respondent) R (on the application of Begum) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) Begum (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant)  UKSC 7. The intervention detailed the ancient common law of allegiance and its application to trafficked persons.
R v Fiaz and others 2023 – joint enterprise murder appeal.
R v AAD and others  EWCA Crim 106 appeal which provided guidance on Modern Slavery defences.
R v Jogee  UKSC 8
International Criminal Court – (Dominic Ongwen appeal:) Leading Amicus Curiae Submission on rights for former child soldiers.
Moukhaiber 2021 Terrorism appeal on framing of indictments.
Whole life sentencing appeal HCA
R v Ennis 2022 “joint enterprise” murder appeal.
R v Rebelo (No1)  Manslaughter by diet pill – Appeal reviewing the law on Unlawful Act and Gross Negligence Manslaughter.
R v Johnson; R v Henry European Court of Human Rights : Applications for permission in ‘joint enterprise’ murder – human rights issues include access to justice, racial and disability discrimination.
ICTY Appeals Chamber : Leading Amicus Curiae Submission on interpretation of JCEIII liability leading a group of counsel and academics.
R v Lewis  EWCA Crim 1734: Leading a response to an unsuccessful prosecution appeal against a terminating ruling in a murder by fire alleged by joint principalship.
Van Beelen v The Queen  HCA 48 Appeal to the High Court of Australia on the statutory definition of “substantial miscarriage of justice” and the admissibility of fresh evidence in an alleged ‘cold case’ murder.
Felicity holds a PhD on human trafficking / Modern Slavery law and has a particular expertise in Modern Slavery law, including with a corporate overlap and is regularly instructed in appeals on behalf of trafficked persons who commit crime. She has provided training to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association as part of 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. She is a contributor to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Law and Practice (Bloomsbury).
Recent trials and appeals
R v AAD and others  EWCA Crim 106 – Human trafficking appeal before a ‘special court’.
R v Y 2022 Human trafficking appeal.
International Criminal Court – Dominic Ongwen appeal: Leading Amicus Curiae Submission on rights for former child soldiers.
In the matter of Mary Jane Veloso – Assisting in death penalty reprieve from execution for transnational drug trafficking
Currently instructed in several human trafficking appeals.
Felicity has a particular interest in homicide law including murder and manslaughter especially multi-defendant cases applying the law on complicity known as “joint enterprise”: She was leading counsel in R v Jogee  UKSC 8 which corrected an error of law in joint enterprise. She led similar appeals in Hong Kong and Australia. She also led appeals in R v Lewis  EWCA Crim 1734 which clarified the law on joint principalship and in R v Rebelo (No1)  EWCA Crim 633 which clarified the law on manslaughter and intervening acts. She led a successful mercy petition on behalf of a young Aboriginal man who was convicted of a murder when he was not physically present and has filed similar petitions for conditional pardons in the UK on behalf of an autistic prisoner and a black youth both affected by the errors of law in joint enterprise.
Recent trials and appeals
R v Rashid and others 2023: multi handed murder trial on a drive by shooting – client acquitted.
R v Qayum and others 2022: multi handed murder trial on a drive by shooting – client acquitted.
R v. Tsaty and others 2021: multi-handed conspiracy to murder and firearms offences in a gang related drive by shooting where issues of ‘County Lines’ exploitation were dealt with in judicial directions – acquitted on murder and manslaughter.
R v. X (a child) and others 2021: multi-handed murder trial where the jury were directed to acquit on murder at the close of the prosecution case.
R v. Hodgkiss 2021: Alleged murder by targeted driving where issues of necessity were dealt with in judicial directions – acquitted on murder and manslaughter. Convicted of death by careless driving and immediately released.
R v. Fiaz and others 2021: multi-handed murder trial where issues of conditional intent were dealt with in judicial directions – currently on appeal.
R v. Hindle and another 2020: Murder trial where issues of drug induced intoxication were dealt with in judicial directions.
R v. Cumberbatch and others 2020: multi-handed murder trial where issues of overwhelming supervening acts were dealt with in judicial directions – acquitted on murder and manslaughter.
R v Grunyt-Meyer and others 2018 multi-handed murder trial where issues of withdrawal and householder self defence were dealt with in judicial directions – acquitted on murder.
Currently instructed in several applications to the CCRC and petitions for mercy for wrongly convicted prisoners. She also leads the posthumous petition for a pardon for Christine Keeler.
Felicity is a specialist in appellate and trial advocacy for serious and complex national, transnational, and international individual and corporate crime. She particularly specialises in leading for the defence team in terrorism trials including alleged conspiracies and completed acts. She has appeared in 3 long terrorism trials and has a particular expertise in the use of technology and cybercrime in this context. She has appeared and advised in several cases that 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 under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 labelled ‘domestic extremism’. As Professor of Legal Practice, she has also lectured in Terrorism law, and provided training in the Bangladesh Judiciary Management Project on Terrorism and Money Laundering. She has published a chapter in the Fourth volume in the European Integration and Democracy Series, devoted to Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Relations as a Challenge for Democracy: ‘Terrorism and Paedophilia on the internet: A Global and Balanced Cyber-Rights Response is Required to Combat Cybercrime, not Knee-Jerk Regulation’.
Recent terrorism or terrorism related trials and appeals
R (on the application of Begum) (Appellant) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Respondent) R (on the application of Begum) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) Begum (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant)  UKSC 7 (Intervention on behalf of JUSTICE)
R v Moukhaiber and others 2019-2020 multi-handed terrorism trial and appeal.
R v Abbas and others 2019 – 2021 Multi-handed terrorism trial with vulnerable defendant with issues over the application of the victim’s rule in conspiracy.
R v Galea 2020 terrorism trial on preparatory and publication offences.
Largely Felicity’s disciplinary law practice concerns lawyers and medical professionals. She is discreet in consultation and has appeared in a range of matters sensitive to the individual professional.
Felicity has retained an admin law / judicial review leading practice largely related to issues connected to criminal law including decisions relating to the treatment of long-term prisoners and decisions by the CCRC.
Felicity’s cases and advisory work often involve an international or human rights element, including genocide, war crimes, torture terrorism, homicide, biosecurity, illegal logging, human trafficking, and other major domestic and international crime.
Since taking silk she has been called upon to advise on strategic /creative litigation in PNG and Myanmar and the Cook Islands in relation to actions / class actions for human rights abuses as against government / military / corporates, particularly where there are connections to other jurisdictions where such litigation might be commenced with reference to business and human rights / modern slavery.
Largely Felicity’s prison law practice relates to advice on applications to the CCRC and judicial review
Felicity is currently on the defence team for Mr Al Hassan at the International Criminal Court. She is admitted to the lists of counsel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC in the Hague. She has also had ad hoc admission in Hong Kong and Gibraltar.
She is a Specialist in appellate and trial advocacy for serious and complex national, transnational, and international individual and corporate crime. Recently leading an amicus curiae observation in the international Criminal Court in The Hague in the Dominic Ongwen appeal.
Regularly called upon to handle serious, complex, and sensitive matters often with an international element. Her cases and advisory work often involve an international or human rights issues, including genocide, torture, terrorism, biosecurity, illegal logging, modern slavery and other major international crime. She has assisted in death penalty cases in Indonesia, particularly on the intersection between drug trafficking and human trafficking and assisted in the reprieve from execution of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso. Her international advisory work has included a study on proposed reintroduction of the death penalty in the Philippines, advice on the interpretation of the Penal Code in Montserrat relating to child exploitation and interpretation of sexual offences legislation in Guernsey as well as other Privy Council matters. She brings her expertise in joint criminal enterprise to international proceedings, including publishing in the International Bar Association War Crimes Committee newsletter on JCEIII liability in the KSC. She contributes to Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals, the Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement in International Law, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice and is the Editor of ANZSIL Perspective. She has lectured at SOAS on special arrangements for vulnerable witnesses in the International Courts. In 2012 she published a joint paper for Lexis Nexis on male rape in conflict zones and in 2014 published in the International Bar Association ICC Moot Court Manual on command responsibility. In addition, Felicity holds a PhD, a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws in International Governance and a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (GCUTL). She is also Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University, Melbourne where she is unit chair in the undergraduate and JD programs teaching Contemporary International Legal Challenges – including War Crimes, Modern Slavery, Terrorism, Sanctions Law, Art Law and Climate Change Law, and she is involved in the clinical programs.
- ICCBA Training Committee
- IBA Criminal Law Committee
- Human Rights Committee VicBar
- ANZSIL – Council member and Editor of Perspective.
- Member of Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
- Ambassador for International Social Services
- Ambassador for The Advocates Gateway (formerly on Management Committee).
- Member of UK Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association.
- Member AWB, AWL and Women in Crime.
- South Eastern Circuit;
- Midland Circuit
- Criminal Bar Associations in England and Wales and Australia;