Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
Senior lecturer in law Felicity Gerry QC … legal personality of the year
Senior lecturer in law Felicity Gerry QC … legal personality of the year

Let the record show Felicity wins

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University senior lecturer in law Felicity Gerry QC has won an international award in recognition of her influential and inspirational work in the legal profession.

Ms Gerry, a barrister in Darwin and London, was in the UK when the inaugural Solicitors Journal’s Legal Personality of the Year Award was announced on May 25.

The moment prompted Ms Gerry to tweet: “Delighted to win @SJ-weekly Legal Personality of Year. One visible woman on behalf of so many who should be seen.”

Leading up to the announcement, the journal had promoted the award as “recognising brilliance in a changing legal world”. 

Two barristers and one solicitor had been shortlisted on the basis that they had performed exceptional case work in the past 12 months, represented the profession in a positive light to the public, or championed a legal cause.

Ms Gerry tasted success in February when the UK Supreme Court found that the controversial principle of joint enterprise had been wrongly interpreted for more than three decades (R v Jogee).

She also received praise for her work in raising awareness of the case of Lindsay Sandiford, a British grandmother who has been sentenced to a firing squad in Bali, and for assisting in Filipina Mary Jane Veloso’s last-minute reprieve from execution through research at CDU on human trafficking law.