Georgina Wolfe

YEAR OF CALL: 2006

Background:

‘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.

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

In 2007 as part of the Fox scholarship, Georgina worked in Toronto in the litigation department of the law firm McCarthy Tétrault. During this time she was part of the team to bring Canada’s first price-fixing conspiracy class action (Axiom Plastics Inc v E.I. DuPont Canada Company). 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 Magistrates’ Court, the Crown Court, the Youth Court, the Family Court, misconduct proceedings and the Police Appeals Tribunal, the Coroner’s Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal

Georgina has a particular interest in judicial review. She appeared for the IPCC in R (Ramsden) v IPCC [2013] EWHC 3969 (Admin) defending a challenge to the police and IPCC’s decision not to take witness statements from witnesses to an alleged assault. She also recently appeared as 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 also appeared as a junior for the Commissioner at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in both R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWCA Civ 69  (stop and search) and in R (TD) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2013] EWHC 2231 (Admin) (police retention of CRIS reports). She was led by Jeremy Johnson QC in the Court of Appeal in Catt and T v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO [2013] EWCA Civ 192 and will appear later this year in the appeal to the Supreme Court.

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 the those into the death of 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 Colette Lynch and Sabina Akhtar. She has represented 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.

Recent/Current Police Law cases:

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 led by Matthew Holdcroft (forthcoming appeal in the Court of Appeal)

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 [2013] EWHC 2231 (Admin) and in the Court of Appeal (currently unreported) (police retention of CRIS reports) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

Catt and T v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and ACPO [2013] EWCA Civ 192 (police retention of a harassment letter and data relating to attendance at protests) led by Jeremy Johnson QC (and in the forthcoming appeal in the Supreme Court)

R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Court of Appeal  [2014] EWCA Civ 69  and [2012] EWHC 1977 (Admin)  (a challenge to the s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 stop and search power) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

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. She has drafted witness statements and successful Summary Grounds of Resistance; she has particular experience of stop and search and police data retention.

Recent & Current  Public/Administrative Law cases:

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 led by Matthew Holdcroft (forthcoming appeal in the Court of Appeal in which the police are challenging 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 [2013] EWHC 2231 (Admin) and in the Court of Appeal (currently unreported) (police retention of CRIS reports) led by Jeremy Johnson QC

R (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Civ 69  and [2012] EWHC 1977 (Admin) (a challenge to the s.60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 stop and search power) 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. She is particularly interested in disability discrimination cases involving prolonged or intermittent periods of absence due to disability.

Georgina has previously assisted at the Employment Lawyers Association Discrimination training event.

Recent Employment Law cases:

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

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

Cordrey-Moore v Kent County Council: acted for the respondent in successfully defending a claim for unfair dismissal where the claimant had been dismissed for gross misconduct

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

Licensing Law:

Georgina appears on behalf of police forces and licensing authorities in review hearing and appeals under the Licensing Act 2003.

She is also regularly instructed in Private Hire Vehicle Driver and Operator Licence appeals.

Georgina has also delivered talks on licensing hearings in conjunction with the Institute of Licensing.

Recent Licensing cases:

Re Grove Road: successfully appeared for the police in opposing the grant of a premises licence.

Illguy v Transport for London: successfully appeared for the Respondent in this appeal against the revocation of a Private Hire Vehicles Driver’s Licence.

Khan v Transport for London: successfully appeared for the Respondent in this appeal against the revocation of a Private Hire Vehicles Operator’s Licence.

Chilli Masala v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: successfully appeared for the Respondent in this premises licensing appeal.

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:

Williams v Royal Parks Agency: appearing on behalf of the respondent in an ongoing occupier’s liability case

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

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

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

Commercial Law:

Georgina appears in the County Courts on behalf of both claimants and defendants in credit hire cases, debt recovery, breach of contract and misrepresentation claims.

Key Factors Limited v Langron: represented the defendant in this breach of contract claim.

Gibson v Mumford: a claim for damages of £30,308.67 for breach of contract in relation to the allegedly faulty installation of sash windows.

Black v Garner: a credit hire case following a road traffic accident.

Lectures:

Georgina is happy to provide CPD lectures to solicitors on all aspects of her practice.

Publications

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

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

She has also been published in The TimesCounsel MagazineLaw 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