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Felicity Payne

Civil and Criminal Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 2010

Civil Law


Felicity has a broad court and paper based practice that encompasses all stages of the litigation process and ranges from small claims through to multi track claims. She is regularly instructed at all stages of litigation, including pre-action and procedural matters, preliminary hearings and interim applications (such as strike-out, relief from sanctions and summary judgment) through to trial and appeal. Felicity appreciates the needs of her professional clients and provides practical and tactically sound advice in writing and at court. She has substantial experience in representing clients in claims involving litigants in person and vulnerable parties. Felicity accepts instructions on a CFA basis.

Personal Injury


Felicity acts for both claimants and defendants in most personal injury matters, including Employer’s Liability, Public Liability, Highways Act and Road Traffic Accident claims. She is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association.



Felicity is regularly instructed in personal injury claims requiring costs case management and claims of fundamental dishonesty. She has represented clients during detailed assessment and applications relating to part 36.

Contract Disputes and Debt Recovery


Felicity represents clients across a broad range of sectors in all level of claims. She represents both claimants and defendants in claims regarding unpaid debts or invoices, the sale of goods or the supply of services, breach of contract and unfair terms.

Housing and Property Disputes


Felicity represents and advises tenants and landlords, both public and private, in a wide variety of hearings, including mortgage possession claims and rental disputes.

Other Civil Work

Felicity regularly represents claimants and defendants in credit hire disputes and she has a thorough understanding of the case law and submissions that are frequently relied upon.

Criminal Law


Felicity is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.  Felicity is a Level 2 CPS prosecutor and has varied experience in prosecuting on behalf of Royal Mail, RSPCA and representing other public bodies like the DWP and the Insolvency Service. She also represents defendants in such prosecutions.

Felicity has a broad court practice that gained a strong footing in the Magistrates Court before making the transition into a varied and successful Crown Court practice. She represents both adults and youths. Felicity still regularly represents clients in the Magistrates Court and remains instructed on an individual case basis for the CPS.

Felicity has gained increasing experience in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, defendants and the use of intermediaries and/or interpreters. She has considerable experience in cases involving domestic violence and/or family connections and/or mental health.

Felicity regularly accepts instructions from the Police regarding applications in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court for Closure Orders, applications for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders and other applications. Felicity frequently represented clients at Parole Board hearings.

Non-fatal Offences Against the Person and Public Order Offences


Felicity has accumulated a rapidly increasingly amount of experience representing defendants and the prosecution in cases involving the full range of public order offences and non-fatal offences against the person in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court, from section 5 offences, through to section 18 and robbery offences. She has represented and prosecuted individuals charged with malicious communications and offences relating to harassment and non-molestation orders/ restraining orders.

Sexual Offences


Felicity continues to develop a practice involving prosecuting and defending charges for sexual offences, from outraging public decency and exposure through to making category A indecent images and indecent images generally.

Felicity also represents the prosecution and defence in applications made in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court (pre and post conviction) relating to Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.

Fraud, Commercial Crime, Confiscation and other Dishonesty Offences


Felicity is developing a steady practice prosecuting and defendant all dishonesty and fraud offences involving issues that are increasingly complex and challenging. Felicity receives regular instructions from the prosecution and defence in cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Police (Property) Act 1897.

Drugs offences


Felicity prosecutes and represents defendants across all types of charges and hearings involving drug offences and linked proceedings and continues to develop her experience in this area and the associated evidence, such as mobile analysis and forensic evidence.



Felicity has developed a broad practice representing clients for all types of motoring offences, from speeding through to dangerous driving and causing significant injury through careless/or dangerous driving.

Biographical and Other Information

  • Academic
  • LLB (Hons) University of Southampton- 2:1 (2009). Bar Vocational Course, the University of the West of England- Very Competent (2010).

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