Una Morris

Year of Call: 2012

"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

"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

"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

"Great attention to detail, really insightful and applies herself with impressive tenacity."

Legal 500, 2019

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Una Morris is a specialist civil liberties, human rights and public law practitioner with expertise including claims against the police and other public authorities, inquests and judicial review. She is Public Access qualified.

Una has been shortlisted in the Newcomer category of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs).

Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities

Overview

Una is regularly instructed to act for claimants in actions against the police and other public authorities. She has wide-ranging expertise across the full spectrum of torts, human rights, data and privacy claims. Her significant experience in this field extends to advising in writing and in conference, drafting pleadings and other written documents, through to representation at trial in the County Court and High Court and on appeal.

Notable Cases

G v British Transport Police (2016)
Una acted for the claimant in a claim for damages for false imprisonment, assault and battery and malicious prosecution. The claimant was arrested by British Transport Police officers, during which he sustained injuries and was knocked unconscious. The claimant, who has learning difficulties, was interviewed by the police without having an appropriate adult present, before being charged. As a result of the incident, the claimant sustained severe psychiatric injury. The claim settled shortly before trial.

M v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police (2016)
Una acted for the claimant in a claim arising out of a police dog bite incident and breaches of the claimant's rights to privacy. The claimant succeeded in his personal injury claim and in his claims connected to the privacy and data violations, including misfeasance in public office. The claimant recovered basic damages, special damages and exemplary damages. The claimant also recovered his costs, some of which were payable on an indemnity basis.

C v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2016)
Una represented the claimant in a claim for damages in connection with a stop and search. The claimant succeeded in false imprisonment and assault. The jury found that not all of the necessary information under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 had been provided to the claimant. The jury also rejected the officers' accounts of the restraint of the claimant.

G v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2015)
Una acted for the claimant, who succeeded in her claim for damages for assault. The claimant, who was 69 years old and disabled at the time of the incident, had been subjected to unlawful force by an officer of the rank of sergeant. The officer's account of the incident was rejected by the judge, as was the evidence of the supervising inspector on the scene.

Morgan v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (2015)
Una acted for Carl Morgan in this claim against the police. Mr Morgan was arrested, sprayed with CS spray and prosecuted for an offence he did not commit, following his attendance at a football match in August 2011. West Midlands Police agreed to pay damages and costs, after Mr Morgan brought proceedings for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution.

Crook v Chief Constable of Essex Police [2015] EWHC 988 (QB)
Una appeared in this High Court action arising out of the unlawful disclosure of Anthony Crook's personal data. Mr Crook succeeded in breach of confidence, breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 and Article 8 and was awarded substantial damages.

G & Others v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (2015)
Una, along with Leslie Thomas QC, represented four claimants, who were aged just 11 and 12 when they were arrested following an incident at school. The case settled at the conclusion of the claimants' evidence.

W v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2014)
Una represented the claimant in a jury trial at Central London County Court. The claimant succeeded in establishing false imprisonment and assault against the Metropolitan Police.

R (Birks) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 3041 (Admin)
Una appeared, along with Leslie Thomas QC and Jude Bunting, for the Second Interested Party, Marcia Rigg-Samuel, in proceedings brought by a police officer in relation to the refusal of the Commissioner to consent to his resignation pending misconduct proceedings arising out of the death of Sean Rigg. The challenge to the decision failed.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Overview

Una has considerable experience of acting for bereaved families at all stages of inquest proceedings, including in concurrent and post-inquest civil claims.

Notable Cases

Inquest touching on the death of Dean Joseph (2015)
Una and Leslie Thomas QC represented the maternal side of Dean Joseph's family at the inquest into his death. Mr Joseph was shot and killed by a firearms officer in Islington in September 2014. The jury returned a narrative conclusion, in which they criticised the Metropolitan Police handling of the firearms operation, deeming it "inadequate".

Inquests touching on the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd (2015)
Una assisted Leslie Thomas QC in acting for the families at a number of points during and after the inquests into the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd. The children died on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu in 2006 from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Inquest touching on the death of Rubel Ahmed (2015)
Una represented the family of Rubel Ahmed, who died at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in September 2014. The jury returned an open conclusion and a critical narrative.

Inquest touching on the death of Paul Malicus Coley (2015)
Una represented two of the children of Paul Malicus Coley, who died at HMP Hewell in December 2013. The jury returned a critical narrative.

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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 Inn

Latest News

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 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

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

Inquest into the death of Rubel Ahmed to begin

Una Morris is representing the family of the deceased.

8 May 2015

Ex-banker wins High Court damages against Essex Police over publication of rape allegation

Una Morris of Garden Court Chambers represented the claimant.

2 March 2015

Inquest jury finds failings contributed to death at HMP Hewell

Una Morris represented two of the children of the deceased.

4 February 2015

Police failed Arsema Dawit inquest concludes

An inquest into the death of Arsema Dawit has found that she was let down by the police after she reported her ex-boyfriend's threatening behaviour to them.

26 September 2014

Sean Rigg police officer fails in resignation judicial review challenge

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by a police officer who sought to resign before misconduct proceedings relating to the death of Sean Rigg were concluded

25 September 2014

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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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