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Una Morris

Year of Call: 2012

“Exceptional”

Legal 500, 2021

“Combines sharp tactical analysis with a down-to-earth, hands-on approach.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Her cross-examination of witnesses is excellent.”

Legal 500, 2021

“She is great in negotiations, fearless both on paper and on her feet.”

Chambers UK, 2021

“Brave and prepared to take on difficult cases. Punches above her weight.”

Legal 500, 2020

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Legal 500 2022: Leading Junior

Una Morris is a leading civil liberties, human rights and public law practitioner with a diverse practice including civil claims for damages, inquests and inquiries and judicial review. Una co-convenes the Civil Liberties Team. She is Public Access qualified.

Una’s significant expertise extends across a range of different areas, including claims against the police and public authorities, inquests, inquiries, public law, abuse claims, data and privacy, protest rights, youth justice and child rights, prisoners’ rights and discrimination.

Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities

Una has wide-ranging experience in advising and representing claimants in civil claims for damages. She has expertise across the full spectrum of torts, claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 and breaches of other statutory duties. Una has a substantial paperwork practice, regularly negotiates or advises on settlements on behalf of claimants and she has appeared for claimants in cases tried by judge alone, in civil jury trials and in a number of appeals. Her experience in this area includes claims against the police, claims against other detaining authorities, including prisons and immigration authorities, claims involving probation, claims against local authorities, claims involving healthcare and other state bodies. For example, Una was instructed for the claimant in Crook v Chief Constable of Essex Police [2015] EWHC 988 (QB), in which the claimant succeeded in establishing breach of confidence, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 and breach of Article 8 ECHR and was awarded damages of over £67,000 in connection with a ‘most wanted’ press release. In Gerber v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWHC 3549 (QB), Una represented the claimant at trial and on appeal in a false imprisonment and assault and battery claim which involved the deployment of firearms officers, reasonable grounds to suspect and racial bias. In TPKN v Ministry of Defence [2019] EWHC 1488 (QB), Una represented the claimant in successfully appealing a decision to grant summary judgment and strike out to the defendant. The appeal concerned the application of principles of vicarious liability to the claimant’s case that she was raped by a soldier on a base in Gibraltar and consideration of whether the conduct as alleged could constitute misfeasance in public office, as well as assault and battery.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Una has considerable experience of acting for bereaved families at all stages of inquest proceedings, including in concurrent and post-inquest civil claims and related judicial reviews. Una has represented bereaved families in inquests involving police restraint and other uses of force, including police shootings, deaths following or during police contact and deaths in prison custody, in immigration detention and involving psychiatric detention. Una has also been instructed for families in inquests involving deaths where a person should have been protected and cared for in the community. She has represented families in a number of homicide cases in which a person convicted was on licence and subject to the supervision of probation at the time of the killing. Una has been involved in inquests involving highly complex medical and scientific evidence, as well as those involving deaths abroad. Una has been instructed in a number of high profile inquests, typically where Article 2 ECHR is engaged, including Arsema Dawit, a girl who was killed by a man who had assaulted her, harassed her and threatened to kill her; Rubel Ahmed, who died in immigration detention; Dean Joseph, who was shot and killed by a firearms officer of the Metropolitan Police Service; Terry Smith, who died following excessive restraint by Surrey Police officers; the first inquest into the death of Dexter Bristol, a Windrush Migrant who died whilst experiencing the impact of the Hostile Environment; and Nuno Cardoso, a student, who died following uses of force by Thames Valley Police.

Una also acts for core participants and others involved in public inquiries concerning a range of issues. Una is currently instructed for a number of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and for a number of core participants in the Brook House Inquiry.

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Public Law

Una is an experienced public law practitioner, whose judicial reviews typically involve complex civil liberties and human rights issues. Una is often instructed to advise in public law cases from the pre-action stage onwards. Una’s cases in this area have included a range of issues such as police complaints, criminal investigation and prosecutorial decisions, decisions of coroners and decisions involving prisons and probation. For example, Una appeared in R (Birks) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 3041 (Admin); [2014] ICR 204 and in R (Hewson) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWHC 471 (Admin), [2018] 4 WLR 69. Una was instructed for Sentina D’Artanyan-Bristol, the mother of Dexter Bristol, a Windrush migrant who died whilst experiencing the impact of the Hostile Environment, in successfully seeking to have the conclusion of the first inquest into his death quashed.

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Abuse Claims

Una has significant experience in acting for claimants, primarily in claims against public authorities, in cases involving abuse. Her work includes advising and representing claimants in cases involving rape and other sexual assaults, sexual exploitation and grooming, harassment and stalking, domestic abuse and coercive control. Una is also experienced in cases involving failures to protect, investigate or prosecute in such matters, utilising Articles 3 and/or 8 ECHR. Una’s work in this area extends to both private law and public law claims. For example, Una represented the family of Arsema Dawit, a girl who was killed by a man who had assaulted her, harassed her and threatened to kill her, in civil claims against the police arising from her death. In TPKN v Ministry of Defence [2019] EWHC 1488 (QB), Una represented the claimant in successfully appealing a decision to grant summary judgment and strike out to the defendant. The appeal concerned the application of principles of vicarious liability to the claimant’s case that she was raped by a soldier on a base in Gibraltar and consideration of whether the conduct as alleged could constitute misfeasance in public office, as well as assault and battery.

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Data, Privacy and Technology

Una regularly acts for claimants in cases involving breaches of data protection legislation, Article 8 ECHR, misuse of private information and breach of confidence. She is also experienced in claims under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and involving the tort of intentionally causing harm. Una’s work in this area includes both private law and public law matters and includes issues of publication, disclosure, storage, security and retention of data and information. Her cases have involved press releases and traditional media, social media, photographs and video footage, sexual and other intimate images, criminal convictions, intelligence and information, healthcare and other sensitive records and biometric data. Una’s cases in this area include Crook v Chief Constable of Essex Police [2015] EWHC 988 (QB), in which the claimant succeeded in establishing breach of confidence, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 and breach of Article 8 ECHR and was awarded damages of over £67,000 in connection with a ‘most wanted’ press release and R (Hewson) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWHC 471 (Admin), [2018] 4 WLR 69, a judicial review concerning Articles 8 and 10 ECHR.

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Protest Rights

Una advises and represents claimants in a number of cases involving freedom of expression, including protests and other campaigning. For example, Una advised and represented a claimant in a claim involving photojournalism and Article 10 ECHR, advised in a claim involving music and Article 10 ECHR and has advised in relation to a number of claims against the police arising out of arrests and uses of force at protests. Una is currently instructed for a number of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

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Youth Justice & Child Rights

Una is regularly instructed to advise and represent children in the areas in which she has expertise. For example, Una has represented children and young people in various claims against the police and other public authorities, including post-inquest civil claims following the death of a parent or other family member. Una is experienced in advising in relation to and appearing at infant approval hearings following settlement on behalf of a child. She has also represented families in inquests involving the death of a minor.

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Prisoners’ Rights

Una is experienced in acting for prisoners and former prisoners, in a range of different cases engaging their rights. Una advises and represents claimants in relation to issues such as assault and battery, abuse, failures to protect, data and privacy, strip searches, the use of segregation and prison conditions. Una also has significant expertise in representing the families of prisoners who have died in custody.

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Discrimination

Una is regularly instructed in cases involving issues of discrimination, in its various forms and against various protected characteristics, and has experience of pursuing claims under the Equality Act 2010, for breach of Article 14 ECHR and other cases in which discrimination and inequality is a feature, whether civil claims, inquests, inquiries or judicial review.

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What Others Say

“Exceptional”. "Combines sharp tactical analysis with a down-to-earth, hands-on approach. Una has a wealth of experience litigating against the police, which makes her a welcome and reassuring presence on any such case." Legal 500, 2021 (Civil Liberties & Human Rights)

"My top junior in this area, particularly in relation to restraint-related inquests and any claims against the police. Her cross-examination of witnesses is excellent." Legal 500, 2021 (Inquests & Inquiries)

"She's extremely bright, approachable and completely engages with her cases.” "She is great in negotiations, fearless both on paper and on her feet. Her work is very detailed and she always has the goal in sight." Chambers UK, 2021 (Civil Liberties & Human Rights)

"She's a tenacious advocate who's also good on paper." "She's got good knowledge of litigation procedure and clients always feel impressed and assured by her." Chambers UK, 2021 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)

"Brave and prepared to take on difficult cases. Punches above her weight." Legal 500, 2020 (Civil Liberties & Human Rights)

"Her judgement is very good and way beyond her level of experience. She's also a very good cross-examiner and knows when, and when not, to push a point." Chambers UK, 2020 (Civil Liberties & Human Rights)

"Families really like her and she works really well with them. She is very personable, and an excellent advocate who gets to the grips with issues very quickly and gets very good results for her clients." Chambers UK, 2020 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)

“Very approachable, excellent in negotiations and innovative in tackling challenges.” “She holds her own in cases where you would normally instruct a more senior barrister.” Chambers UK, 2019 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)

"She is super-thorough and proactive, and has good attention to detail…She is an outstanding junior: thorough, immensely talented and fearless.” Chambers UK, 2018 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)

"A no-holds-barred cross-examiner, who is fearless…She has excellent attention to detail and great technical knowledge…She is tenacious and a real fighter." Chambers UK, 2017 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)

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Notable Cases & News

The Macpherson Report more than 20 years on - Home Affairs Committee calls for urgent action to tackle deep rooted racial disparities in policing

Professor Leslie Thomas QC, Una Morris and Michael Etienne provided evidence to the committee through the Police Action Lawyers Group.

30 July 2021

Inquest to Resume into Death of Joe Pooley Following Life Imprisonment for His Killers

Joe's mother, Sam Nicholls, is represented in calling for an inquest by Una Morris, assisted by Danielle Manson, both of the Garden Court Chambers Civil Liberties and Human Rights Team, instructed by Sarah Flanagan, from Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors.

4 June 2021

Joe Pooley’s murderers sentenced for the death of the vulnerable 22-year-old

Joe's mother, Sam Nicholls, is represented in calling for an inquest by Una Morris, assisted by Danielle Manson, instructed by Sarah Flanagan, from Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors.

25 May 2021

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Garden Court counsel instructed

Garden Court Chambers counsel instructed to represent clients at the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

18 February 2021

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Rajiv Menon QC opening statement

Rajiv Menon QC is instructed by Richard Parry of Saunders Law & Jane Deighton of Deighton Pierce Glynn.

4 November 2020

JUSTICE launches timely report on urgent reform for major inquests and inquiries

The organisation Justice launched their latest much anticipated Working Party publication:‘When things go wrong: the response of the justice system’. The Working Party included a number of retired High Court Judges and leading practitioners in the field a

25 August 2020

Garden Court barristers appointed to advise JUSTICE on reform of institutional responses to deaths or other serious incidents

Leslie Thomas QC, Thalia Maragh and Una Morris of the Garden Court Inquests and Public Inquiries Team have been appointed to the JUSTICE Working Party, 'When Things Go Wrong'.

7 August 2019

Ministry of Defence can be vicariously liable for rape committed on base

Una Morris and Camila Zapata Besso successfully acted for the Claimant in TPKN v Ministry of Defence [2019]. Read about the legal implications of the recent judgment.

26 July 2019

Joanne Cecil wins Legal Aid Barrister of the Year and Una Morris wins Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at 2019 LALY Awards

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that two of our barristers won awards at the seventeenth annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

11 July 2019

Joanne Cecil and Una Morris shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2019

Garden Court is delighted to announce that Joanne Cecil and Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers have both been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2019 (LALYs).

23 May 2019

Sonali Naik QC and Una Morris shortlisted at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that Sonali Naik QC and Una Morris have both been shortlisted at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2018.

21 September 2018

'Licensed to Kill' - Granada Reports exclusive on those killed by offenders under the supervision of the probation service

Una Morris instructed by Kelly Darlington at Farleys LLP to act for Michael Hoolickin and Matthew McKenzie's families.

10 September 2018

Inquest into death of Windrush citizen Dexter Bristol concluded after family walk out of hearing

Una Morris represented the family, instructed by Irène Nembhard of Birnberg Peirce. 

28 August 2018

Inquest into the death of Terry Smith concludes neglect contributed to death involving excessive restraint by Surrey Police

Una Morris and Leslie Thomas QC representing the family instructed by Nia Williams of Saunders Law.

5 July 2018

Merseyside police ordered to pay compensation to couple after police officer breached their rights under article 8 following complaint about his conduct

Una Morris was instructed on behalf of the couple by Iain Gould at DPP Law Ltd. 

2 July 2018

Family say they have been let down by the inquest process and the conclusions touching upon the death of Rowan Morrall

Una Morris of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests team, represented the family of Rowan Morrall.

14 June 2018

Family wants answers over death of disabled son who died on Thomas Cook holiday with his carers

Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers is instructed by Kelly Darlington of Farleys Law.

5 February 2018

Inquest finds Timothy John Shaw died as a result of drug toxicity whilst imprisoned at HMP Chelmsford

Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers was instructed by Kelly Darlington, Jill Newton and David Corrigan at Farleys.

31 January 2018

Inquest into the Death of Michael Hoolickin Resumes

The family is represented by Una Morris of the Garden Court Chambers Civil Liberties team.

17 July 2017

Metropolitan Police Service pay compensation after arresting victim of identity fraud

Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers represented the claimant.

28 March 2017

Women compensated by the Ministry of Justice for strip-searches in prison

Una Morris was instructed to represent the women at trial and negotiated settlement of the claims.

7 March 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

Settlement for claimant in case against British Transport Police

The claimant was represented by Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

26 September 2016

Success for claimant in case against the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police

The claimant was represented by Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

23 September 2016

Merseyside Police pay compensation for unlawful stop and search

The claimant was represented by Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

21 April 2016

Merseyside Police sergeant found to have used unlawful force

The claimant was represented by Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

13 October 2015

Settlement in claim against West Midlands Police

The claimant was represented by Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers, instructed by Broudie Jackson Canter.

28 August 2015

Jury finds Metropolitan Police firearms operation which resulted in Dean Joseph’s death to have been “inadequate”

Leslie Thomas QC and Una Morris represented the maternal side of the family in the inquest into Dean Joseph’s death.

17 August 2015

Appeal to be heard in case against Nottinghamshire Police

The claimant is represented by Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers.

8 July 2015

Mother of Christi and Bobby Shepherd responds to former Thomas Cook CEO

Leslie Thomas QC and Una Morris represented the family at the inquest into the death of Christi and Bobby Shepherd.

29 May 2015

Thomas Cook CEO meets parents of Christi and Bobby Shepherd to apologise

Leslie Thomas QC and Una Morris represented Christi and Bobby’s family.

21 May 2015

Jury delivers critical narrative in the inquest into the death of Rubel Ahmed

Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers represented Rubel Ahmed’s family.

19 May 2015

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Background

Una brings to her practice knowledge, experience and expertise gained in her previous career in the voluntary and community sector.

For several years, Una worked at Stop Hate UK, a national charity that provides support to people affected by hate crime and discrimination. She spoke at many conferences and events across the country, appearing in print and on local and national radio and television on behalf of the organisation.

Una also worked with a group of women in Leeds to establish the rape crisis service, Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds, a charity set up to support women and girls in Leeds who have been affected by rape and sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Una completed pupillage at Garden Court Chambers under the supervision of Leslie Thomas QC and Ali Bajwa QC. During pupillage, Una worked on the Mark Duggan Inquest and related proceedings, responding to the judicial review by E7 arising out of the finding of unlawful killing in the Azelle Rodney Inquiry and as a researcher for teams representing families in the Hillsborough Inquests. Una became a tenant in 2014.

Awards

CPE/GDL Award, Gray's Inn
Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray's Inn
Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship, Gray's Inns 
Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year, LALY Awards 2019

Education

  • BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Leeds
  • GDL, BPP Leeds
  • BPTC, BPP Leeds

Professional Membership

  • Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
  • INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG)
  • Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG)

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