Felicity Gerry Q.C.

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Contact Details

Phone: (03) 9225 7010
Email: fgerryqc@vicbar.com.au
Fax: (03) 9078 2670
Clerk: Green's List

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate
  • Commercial/White Collar
  • Criminal Law
  • Disciplinary - legal/medical
  • Human Rights/Indigenous Justice
  • International Law

Professional Background

Felicity Gerry QC is admitted in England and Wales and Australia and has had ad hoc admission in Hong Kong and Gibraltar.  She specializes in serious and complex criminal trials and appeals, often with an international element and increasingly with a corporate overlap, particularly in the context of fraud, money laundering and human trafficking.  She has appeared in the High Court of Australia in Van Beelan  a cold-case murder appeal dealing with jurisdiction for a second appeal. She led the defence team in R v Jogee in the UK Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) which held that the extended form of accessorial liability known as "joint enterprise" was an erroneous tangent of law. This was described by the BBC as a ‘genuine moment of legal history’. She has led similar appeals in both Australia and Hong Kong.  She was Legal Personality of the Year for 2016 and has been described in the Legal 500 as “fearless and effective” and "well respected for national and international appellate issues". Chambers and Partners described her as "a vastly experienced advocate noted for her experience in serious sexual cases, homicides and frauds". Internationally, she led a team of practitioners and academics in an amicus submission in the appeal of Radovan Karadzic and has contributed to the ICC Moot Court Manual for the IBA. 

Felicity has a keen interest in science and law and has appeared in numerous cases involving complex scientific issues including data, metadata, STRMix, DNA and phylogenetics in the context of HIV transmission. She is also a member of an interdisciplinary research group on mathematics and law. She is Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University, an affiliated Member of the Research Group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Sydney. She has lectured on Terrorism, Cybercrime, Sexual Offending, Transnational Law, International Criminal Law, Science and Law, Criminology and 'Law, Justice and the State'. Felicity is a Legal member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the NT where she spent several years at the Bar and teaching at Charles Darwin University. She researches in the fields of women & law, technology & law and reforming justice systems and has published numerous texts and articles on these topics as well as making submissions to Governments – more details here: www.felicitygerry.com 

Felicity leads (pro bono) a small Indigenous Justice Exoneration Project which has assisted in the mercy petition for Zak Grieve who was the subject of the award-winning Australian documentary. She also recently appeared in an appeal in Victoria on the development of jurisprudence for the Koori Court Conversation in the sentencing process.

 

 

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