9. Felicity Herdman – Pupil
Felicity commenced pupillage on 14 December 2020 under the supervision of Counsel. During Pupillage Felicity has observed a wide variety of both public and private law cases. Such cases involved public law matters concerning non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, and domestic abuse as well as cases of neglect and drug and alcohol misuse. She has witnessed vulnerable witnesses give evidence with the use of an intermediary and experts, including HST analysts be cross examined. Within private law, Felicity has observed a variety of disputes, including an application for a FGMPO and contested Non Molestation applications. Felicity has been involved in drafting case summaries, orders and attendance notes as well as conducting legal research for the preparation of skeleton arguments. Felicity has also observed an appeal from a District Judges decision to order a Residential Assessment.
Prior to pupillage she spent a year clerking for Mrs Justice Roberts of the Family Division. Preceding that she spent 6 months clerking Mr Justice Birss of the Chancery Division. Such experience assisted her in understanding the intricacies of the country’s most difficult public and private family cases. She experienced top-class trial advocacy and witnessed how it impacts on a judge’s decision making. During the job she received two Reward and Recognition Awards by HMCTS.
Felicity is skilled in the basics of negotiation, having competed and undertaken a Negotiation Programme with LSE. She was also awarded The University of Law, London, BTPC, Drafting Prize in 2019.
In her spare time Felicity volunteered for Family Action’s Familyline providing emotional support and guidance to adults on issues such as childcare, separation and domestic violence. She also challenged permanent school exclusion decisions for the Community Empowerment Network.
Year of call
2018-2020 BPTC, The University of Law, London
2020 Negotiation Programme, London School of Economics
2015-2018 LLB Law, University of Liverpool,
2013-2015 Fettes College, A Levels