Felicity Williams

Year of Call: 2000

"Always a pleasure to work with."

Legal 500, 2019

"She has an outstanding and impressive range of public law knowledge. She is emerging as a key barrister for clients with disabilities."

Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK

"A work-horse, with impressive advocacy skills."

Legal 500 2017

"She produces outstanding work and displays impressive advocacy skills."

Legal 500 2016

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Felicity Williams specialises in public law and human rights. She has particular expertise in representing young and vulnerable people through judicial review. Felicity is ranked for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the Legal 500 2019.

Administrative and Public Law

Felicity frequently acts in judicial review proceedings for individuals contesting the acts of public authorities. She has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults and children.

With established civil and criminal practices, she is strongly placed to represent those challenging their treatment in the community and in the criminal justice system. Recent public law work has included human rights, discrimination, prison law, community care, healthcare, police conduct and public protest issues.

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Felicity frequently acts in judicial review proceedings for individuals contesting the acts of public authorities. She has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults and children. With established civil and criminal practices, she is strongly placed to represent those challenging their treatment in the community and in the criminal justice system. Recent public law work has included human rights, discrimination, prison law, community care, healthcare, police conduct and public protest issues.

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Community Care Law

Felicity is experienced in complex community care work. She often acts in cases seeking urgent accommodation and support under the Children Act 1989. She represents individuals in need of assessment, support and accommodation, including proceedings under the Care Act 2014, Equality Act 2010 and healthcare access.

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Court of Protection

Felicity regularly appears in the Court of Protection. Her casework includes deprivation of liberty issues, personal welfare applications and complex care packages. Felicity is experienced in community care and children act judicial review claims, which assists her approach to Court of Protection matters. Felicity acts for litigation friends, local authorities and family members.

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Prisoners’ Rights

Felicity undertakes wide-ranging prison law work. She advises on all matters of prison law including resettlement, discrimination, re-categorisation, segregation, adjudications, licence conditions, medical treatment, mental health and prison discipline. Much of her High Court casework has concerned the particular difficulties of prisoners during resettlement.

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Criminal Defence

Felicity's jury trial work included offences of grievous bodily harm, firearms, Class A drug supply and sexual offences. Her domestic criminal work now consists of appellate cases. Felicity was admitted to the International Criminal Court list of Counsel in 2013 and is eligible to represent accused and victims before the court.

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Public International Law

Felicity has extensive knowledge of international case work. Prior to pupillage, she worked on a range of international litigation including Al Skeini, Baha Mousa, the Gurkha discrimination cases and environmental cases such as R (Friends of the Earth) v EA. She was junior counsel at all stages of R (Al Jedda) v SSD [2008] 1 A.C. 332, HL. Felicity has been involved in the legal challenge to the exploitation of tar sands in Canada and fracking casework in the UK.

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Background

Felicity completed pupillage at Doughty Street Chambers in public law and crime before taking tenancy at 6 King's Bench Walk, where she won Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2008. She joined Tooks chambers in 2010 before moving to Garden Court Chambers in 2013.

Publications

'Boris Johnson combats allegations of misconduct in public office’, Oxford Human Rights Hub (5th June 2019) 

'The Public Sector Equality Duty,' Legal Action 2013, Jan, 45-49 (co-authored with Catherine Rayner)

'Defendants and the Use of Registered Intermediaries,' Crimeline Article 2012 (co-authored with Shauneen Lambe, Just for Kids Law)

'European Arrest Warrants - Immunities and Amnesties', The European Arrest Warrant in Practice, (Nico Keijzer and Elies van Sliedregt Ed. 2009, TMC Asser Press) reviewed European Constitutional Law Review 2012, 8 (3), 523-533

'The Application of the European Arrest Warrant in the UK, Legislative Background and Human Rights Challenges', Still not resolved? Constitutional Issues of the European Arrest Warrant, (Elspeth Guild and Luisa Marin Ed. 2009, Wolf Legal Publishers)

Latest News

Local authority ordered to support young care leaver

Garden Court's Felicity Williams was instructed by Eleanor Ronson at GT Stewart.

10 May 2018

The Garden Court Chambers Housing Team respond to the consultation of Terms of Reference of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has called for responses to the consultation of Terms of Reference.

3 August 2017

Important Court of Appeal judgment for victims of human trafficking

A number of defendants and the intervener were represented by counsel from Garden Court Chambers.

15 February 2017

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks Garden Court in Band 1

Garden Court Chambers recognised as a leading set for immigration, social housing, civil liberties, police law, Court of Protection, crime and inquests and public inquiries.

30 October 2015

Garden Court wins Legal 500 crime set of the year award

The winners in these awards are chosen by the Legal 500 as a result of thousands of interviews with firms, sets and counsel.

8 October 2015

Appeal Court rules that removal of a child's clothes in police custody is a strip search

The Court considered whether the safeguards of Annex A on strip searches in PACE Code C apply

19 February 2015

Divisional Court quashes Secretary of State for Justice's refusal to provide Registered Intermediary for defendant

Stephen Knafler QC and Felicity Williams successfully challenge refusal to provide an RI for defendant with Asperger’s Syndrome and learning disability.

25 June 2014

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Education

  • LLM (with distinction) International and European Legal Studies, University of Durham
  • LLB University of Birmingham

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