Felicity acts and advises all aspects of Chambers’ practice, both Claimant and Defendant work, including: defamation, privacy and confidence, data protection, copyright, access to journalistic material, contempt, harassment and injunctive relief. Her work often includes consideration of the balance between Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
She has particular experience on data protection issues, both advisory and where litigation is contemplated or brought, whether alone or in conjunction with other causes of action such as breach of confidence, misuse of private information or defamation
Felicity has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and County Courts, and has experience both as sole counsel and being led.
Felicity also acts in harassment cases, in particular those involving publication and issues of free speech. During 2018 she acted as sole counsel in two harassment trials, in both the Court granted permanent harassment injunctions protecting Felicity’s claimant clients. She also acts for defendants, and recently obtained an order striking out a harassment claim brought against her client.
Felicity takes a keen interest in issues relating to online publication, social media and user-generated content.
Felicity’s recent work includes:
- Ali & Aslam v Channel 5 – Acting as junior counsel for the claimants in a privacy action in both the High Court and Court of Appeal relating to an episode of Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away;
- Obtaining an order that Apple provide a widow with access to family photographs on her late husband’s icloud account;
- Morgan v Associated Newspapers Ltd – acting for the successful claimant in this defamation case (led by Justin Rushbrooke QC);
- Acting for the successful claimant in a data protection claim: after a 4 day trial the court ordered the defendants to undertake further searches for the claimant’s personal data;
- Acting for the claimant in a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, in which a permanent injunction was granted after a 2 day trial;
- Stiking out a data protection claim brought against a local authority;
- Advising a national newspaper on the publication of articles resulting from an investigation into match-fixing in sport;
- Advising organisations on data protection policies, processes and obligations, under the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018;
- Advising a company on a defamation and malicious falsehood claim, which resulted in a six-figure settlement;
- Advising on libel and committal proceedings in the Bahamas;
- Acting for a company defending a claim for defamation;
- Acting for Associated Newspapers in relation to reporting restrictions in a family law case;
- Acting for Wafic Saïd in a data protection claim against Barclays Bank;
- Acting for a number of media organisations seeking to lift a reporting restriction on naming a teenager convicted of a terrorism offence.
- Taking part in a large scale disclosure exercise for a client in relation to defamation litigation;
- A secondment as Data Protection and Commercial Lawyer at Channel 4, advising on data protection across the organisation’s activities, as well as negotiating, drafting and advising on commercial contracts.
Felicity regularly provides pre-publication advice to book publishers, specialist scientific and medical publications and NGOs. She has advised newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, the Sun, the Daily Telegraph and the Racing Post, and spent time working with the in-house legal team of The Times and The Sunday Times, and the legal and compliance team at Channel 4. Felicity has also provided on-set advice in relation to a feature film.
- Co-editor of Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013 (with James Price QC);
- Joint editor of the defamation chapter in the 22nd edition of Clerk and Lindsell on Torts;
- Contributor to the third edition of Tugendhat & Christie on The Law of Privacy and the Media.
Felicity regularly gives talks on topics including the Defamation Act 2013, GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, and social media and the law, at 5RB talks/Conference, Middle Temple, in-house for clients, and for the American Bar Association.
Before joining Chambers Felicity spent two years in the Legal Policy team at the Ministry of Justice,where she provided advice to Ministers on a number of areas of law and policy including: injunctions against the press, privacy, criminal offences, human rights, Parliamentary privilege and judicial review. Felicity coordinated the Ministry of Justice response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Report on Press Standards, Privacy and Libel. Felicity has also been a Research Assistant in the Law Commission’s Public Law Team, and a Legal Intern in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Felicity is a Bar Pro Bono Unit representative. She also acts as a mentor to law students from the University of Kent.
– Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple Inn
– ERASMUS Scholarship
– John Kisch Prize for Outstanding Performance, University of Kent