Georgina Wolfe

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YEAR OF CALL: 2006

Background:

‘She is a helpful, flexible and safe pair of hands who can cut to the chase.’ (Police Law) Chambers UK 2016

‘She is extremely friendly, very bright and good to work with.’ (Police Law) Chambers UK 2015

‘Incredibly industrious’ (Police Law) Chambers UK 2014

‘Up-and-comer Georgina Wolfe is “very bright and able.” She appears in a healthy mix of civil actions and inquests’ (Police Law) Chambers UK 2013

Georgina accepted tenancy in 2008 and was appointed to the Attorney-General’s ‘C’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2012.

Georgina was awarded the Queen Mother scholarship, the Harold G. Fox scholarship and a Blackstone Entrance Exhibition before being called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2006.

In 2007 as part of the Fox scholarship, Georgina worked in Toronto in the litigation department of the law firm McCarthy Tétrault. She also spent time as a law clerk at the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Police Law:

Georgina acts on behalf of a number of Constabularies throughout the country as well as the Independent Police Complaints Commission. She has represented the Police in the Crown Court, the Youth Court, the Family Court, the Police Appeals Tribunal, the Coroner’s Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Georgina has particular interest in judicial review. She was led by Jeremy Johnson QC in R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] UKSC 79, [2016] 1 W.L.R. 210 and in the linked appeals of R (Catt and T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO [2015] UKSC 9; [2015] A.C. 1065. She appeared for the IPCC in R (Ramsden) v IPCC [2013] EWHC 3969 (Admin) defending a challenge to the IPCC’s decision not to take witness statements from witnesses to an alleged assault. Georgina was also junior counsel in R(Chief Constable of West Yorkshire) v IPCC [2014] EWCA Civ 1367 for the Chief Constable challenging the ambit of IPCC reports and junior counsel for E7 in R (E7) v Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry, led by Samantha Leek QC, a challenge to the findings of a public inquiry. Georgina has also appeared as junior counsel for the Commissioner at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in R (TD) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2013] EWHC 2231 (Admin) (police retention of CRIS reports).

Georgina is also interested in inquest law having been involved whilst a pupil in the Inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes. She has since appeared in a number of high-profile inquests including those into the death of Jan McLean, Roger and Mathilde Lamb, David Askew, Charlotte Shaw, YM and Baby EG and has also appeared as Junior Counsel in the inquests into the deaths of Kingsley Burrell, Colette Lynch and Sabina Akhtar. She has a particular experience in deaths in custody and death following restraint. Recently she appeared as junior counsel for the Defendants in the significant inquest costs case of Lynch v Chief Constable of Warwickshire Constabulary and ors. She has appeared on behalf of the police, CPS, social services, the prison service and families.

Georgina has appeared at hearings and drafted pleadings, summary and detailed grounds, advices and other documents on a wide variety of issues relating to the police including false imprisonment, wrongful arrest, retention of DNA and photographs, protesters, misconduct, human trafficking, the exercise of police powers, human rights, personal injury and employment matters. She is currently junior counsel for Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Police in the Goddard Inquiry being led by Samantha Leek QC.

Recent/Current Police Law cases:

The Goddard Inquiry (Lord Greville Janner and Nottinghamshire Councils)

R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Court of Appeal  [2015] UKSC 79, [2016] 1 W.L.R. 210 (a challenge to the s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 stop and search power) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

R (Catt and T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO [2015] UKSC 9; [2015] A.C. 1065 (police retention of a harassment letter and data relating to attendance at protests) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

Lynch v Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust led by Nick Bacon QC (a challenge to the wholesale recoverability of the claimants’ inquest costs in civil proceedings)

R (AXT) v Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary (a challenge to the police’s decision not to refer a case to the CPS prior to discontinuing the investigation)

R (Armstrong) v IPCC [2014] EWCA Civ 1367 led by Matthew Holdcroft (a challenge to the remit of an IPCC report’s conclusions)

R (Ramsden) v IPCC [2013] EWHC 3969 (Admin) (a challenge to the police and IPCC’s decision not to take witness statements from witnesses to an alleged assault

R (E7) v Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry led by Samantha Leek QC (challenging the findings of a public inquiry)

R (TD) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWCA Civ 585 (police retention of CRIS reports) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

Inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell

Inquest into the death of Jan McLean

Inquest into the deaths of YM and Baby EG

Inquest into the death of David Askew

Public/Administrative Law:

Georgina undertakes all areas of public law work, including prison law, judicial review, human rights, and inquests. She has appeared in permission and substantive hearings as well as appeals up to the Supreme Court. She has drafted witness statements and Summary and Detailed Grounds of Resistance; she has particular experience of stop and search and police data retention.

Recent & Current  Public/Administrative Law cases:

R (Brookfield Aviation) v Guildford Crown Court [2015] EWHC 3465 (Admin) (challenge to a search warrant)

R (Catt and T) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO [2015] UKSC 9; [2015] A.C. 1065 (police retention of a harassment letter and data relating to attendance at protests) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Court of Appeal  [2015] UKSC 79, [2016] 1 W.L.R. 210  (a challenge to the s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 stop and search power) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

R (AXT) v Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary (a challenge to the police’s decision not to refer a case to the CPS prior to discontinuing the investigation)

R (Armstrong) v IPCC [2014] EWCA Civ 1367 led by Matthew Holdcroft (appeal in which the police challenged the remit of an IPCC report)

R (Ramsden) v IPCC [2013] EWHC 3969 (Admin) (a challenge to the police and IPCC’s decision not to take witness statements from witnesses to an alleged assault)

R (E7) v Chairman of the Azelle Rodney Inquiry led by Samantha Leek QC (challenging the findings of a public inquiry)

R (TD) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWCA Civ 585 (police retention of CRIS reports) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

R (Mongan) v Thames Magistrates’ Court and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (a challenge to the granting of an Anti-Social Behaviour closure order)

Employment Law:

Georgina has a broad experience of employment law and a particular interest in unfair dismissal. She has acted for claimants and respondents, appeared on behalf of various government agencies and has advised on such issues as TUPE and education and training. Georgina regularly drafts tribunal documents and Advices and Opinions in employment matters.

Recent Employment Law cases:

Scowby v DWP: acted for the respondent in a ten-day disability discrimination claim

Bishop v HMRC: acted for the respondent in a claim for sex discrimination

Ankrah v The Governing Body of York Road Junior School: acted for the respondent in a claim for race discrimination

AB v Kent County Council: acted for the respondent in a claim for unfair dismissal where the claimant had been dismissed for gross misconduct

Davies v Anglian Home Improvements: acted for the respondent in a claim for a bonus payment following a resignation

Personal Injury:

Georgina advises on a wide range of aspects of personal injury law including occupiers’ liability, manual handling regulations, slipping and tripping, RTAs and quantum. She regularly appears in the County Court acting for both claimants and defendants.

Georgina has acted as an adviser to the Treasury Solicitor’s Prisons Team on cases involving personal injury.

Recent/Current Personal Injury cases:

Rafferty v Wolverhampton City Council:  appeared for the claimant who had sustained an injury in a playground due to a defective wooden plank

Sheldon v Stone: appeared for the claimant in an RTA case.

Green v Lambeth Borough Council: appeared for the Claimant in a tripping case.

Lectures:

Georgina is happy to provide CPD lectures to solicitors on all aspects of her practice. She has presented a Masterclass in Inquests to numerous police forces and public authorities.

Publications

Georgina co-authored The Path to Pupillage (Sweet & Maxwell, 2008; Second Edition 2010; Third Edition 2013) with Alexander Robson.

She has assisted in updating Police Law by Jack English and Richard Card (OUP, 2008) and Defending Class Actions (McCarthy Tétrault, 2008).

She has also been published in The Times, Counsel Magazine, Law Student and Chambers’ Police Law Update.

Education:

Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 2005-2006

City University, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2004-2005

Edinburgh University, MA (Hons) English Literature 2000-2004 (with third year exchange to Queen’s University, Canada)

Sevenoaks School, Kent, International Baccalaureate, Bleyburg Scholar 1998-2000

Interests:

Travel, Skiing, Theatre, Scuba-diving and Writing

Georgina is a Trustee of the Harold G. Fox Scholarship