Felicity Hemlin has an established criminal and family law practice. She has experience both prosecuting and defending a wide range of offences in the Crown Court whilst also defending specialist driving offences in the Magistrates’ Court. Her family practice encompasses all aspects of both private and public law acting on behalf of family members and local authorities in the High Court, County Court and Family Proceedings Courts. She is known for her thorough preparation of cases whilst also putting both clients and witnesses at ease.
During pupillage Felicity gained valuable experience by working closely with senior members of chambers, particularly when acting as Noting Junior to Robert Smith QC in the murder trial of R v Ashley Foster. Additionally Felicity was instructed to undertake research for the Supreme Court case of R v Hughes on behalf of the appellant, Mr. Hughes, which dealt with complex issues of statutory interpretation and causation. She also had the privilege to attend the hearing at the Supreme Court where the appeal was successful.
Felicity is regularly instructed on behalf of both the defence and prosecution. She has prosecuted on behalf of a variety of bodies including:
Felicity is instructed on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service exclusively in the Crown Court, and although she has been appointed as a Grade 2 prosecutor she also regularly undertakes Grade 3 work.
Furthermore Felicity acts in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Court in public and private defence cases and in parole hearings.
Both her prosecution and defence work cover a wide range of offences including:
She is also experienced in dealing with cases which involve vulnerable witnesses (including the defendant), expert evidence, disclosure and PII matters, high profile cases with press interest, s28 cases and proceedings in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
Represented one of four defendant taxi drivers accused of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. Following the submission of a skeleton argument and submissions by counsel the Judge ruled that the prosecution had not satisfied the evidential burden and ordered the jury to return verdicts of not guilty.
Successful exceptional hardship argument.
Though convicted after trial of fraud and theft worth over £20,000 the defendant received a suspended prison sentence.
Secured the conviction after a one-week trial of all three defendants accused of conspiracy to burgle Marks and Spencer’s using inside information to enter the building. The case involved the extensive use of cell site analysis, phone attribution, CCTV and an imaging expert. The matter was also subsequently dealt with under the Proceeds of Crime Act with the £35,000 taken in the burglary having never been recovered.
Successfully prosecuted the manager of a pub for the unprovoked assault on a customer leaving him unconscious.
Prosecuted a pub manager who stole over £5,000 in breach of trust from his employer and subsequently altering the books to avoid detection.
Found not guilty after trial of driving over the prescribed limit (hip-flask defence).
Represented a man accused of non-recent sexual offences against children when he himself was a child. The defendant was acquitted of five of the seven counts (one count was dismissed on a submission of ‘no case to answer’) and received a non-custodial sentence.
Secured the acquittal of the defendant who had been charged with stealing from his employer following an employment dispute.
Disclosure Junior in the prosecution of multiple defendants in a conspiracy to assist in unlawful immigration at Southwark Crown Court. This involved thoroughly examining over 100,000 documents for the purposes of potential disclosure and working closely with police computer experts.
Felicity has appeared in a number of complex regulatory cases with successful results.
Felicity is keen on expanding her regulatory practice in particular through representing public bodies, building upon her experience in prosecuting criminal matters for the CPS and others.
Taxi Licensing appeal against revocation of licence.
Lorry driver accused of tacograph offences kept his licence and was given a 3 week suspension.
Felicity has experience of dealing with public and private law proceeding under the Children Act 1989, financial remedy (ancillary relief) proceedings and applications for injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996.
Final Order made in favour of mother for no direct or indirect contact, at the request of the children, despite there being no welfare concerns regarding fathers care.
In an Interim Care Order where one of the five children had been accused of stabbing a neigbour whilst the other four children were left with inadequate living accommodation and supervision.
Private law family case in which previous attempts at negotiation had failed. On the day of the final hearing the parties managed to compromise and father received all of the contact that he asked for.
Secured the return of the child into mother’s care from father whose care for the child had significantly deteriorated.
Acted for the father who was seeking to enforce an existing court order and increase contact. This case was unusual as the child was residing with grandparents. The child was placed with mother whilst the father secured optimal contact arrangements as a result.
Represented Mother in a case where findings of serious sexual and physical assault and torture were made against father who was seeking contact and the disclosure of the child and mother’s address. No direct contact was ordered and the address remained confidential until further order.
Felicity has appeared in a wide range of civil cases for both the claimant and the defendant. Such cases have included the following:
She also has experience with handling the increasing number of cases involving litigants in person. In addition she is experienced in drafting statements of case, advices on liability and quantum and skeleton arguments for trial.
Successfully opposed a winding up petition.
Successful defence against a claimant for vehicle damage, personal injury and credit hire.
Successfully defended a claim for extensive vehicle damage involving expert evidence and multiple witnesses.
Significant reduction in amount awarded for credit hire as the defence was able to show that the claimant was not impecunious.