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Fenella Morris QC

Fenella is a versatile advocate with a practice that encompasses administrative and public law, human rights, commercial regulation and professional discipline, financial services, local government, procurement, education and the Court of Protection.  She is named by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in these areas. Her clients include regulators, from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to The Pensions Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and those whom they regulate, local authorities, NHS and private health care bodies, universities, NGOs, such as Liberty, the Official Solicitor and Public Guardian as well as individuals and companies.  She has appeared in many landmark cases and has wide experience as an advocate up to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.  She has also mediated and arbitrated diverse disputes.



Fenella is recommended by the all the major directories for Administrative and Public Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Professional Discipline, Regulation, Healthcare, Local Government, Education, Community Care and Court of Protection.

She was Professional Discipline Junior of the Year, Chambers and Partners, 2007.


"She has the right sort of instinct and judgement when dealing with [regulatory] cases."
"She's excellent with clients, is very clear on the issues, and works hard to get a good result."
"She's really excellent as she's approachable, intelligent, good humoured and willing to get involved."
"She's incredibly focused and knows exactly when to draw blood. She's incredibly well prepared and knows the law inside out."
"She's a fearsome opponent, as she can come at things from so many different angles due to the depth of her knowledge."
"Intelligent and incisive."
"A depth and breadth of knowledge and experience across the regulatory landscape"
"She is brilliant - she just knows everything."
"She's very practical, approachable and understandable. Clients feel confident in taking her advice."
"She is a good strategist who can think outside of the box.”
“A highly intelligent barrister whose opinion is valued by judges, she has maturity and gravitas and never loses her cool.”
"She is an excellent advocate who is extremely friendly and knowledgeable in her field."
"She is very bright yet completely down to earth."
“Clients have been very impressed by her because she really knows her stuff. She gets to the point very quickly and is very good on her feet.”
"highly persuasive"
(has)‘a very helpful way of persuading clients on the best course of action’
“superb legal brain”
“a sharp legal mind and considerable experience, matched by a smooth delivery and sure touch in court”
“very incisive, very thorough and fearsome advocate”
“tenacious and not afraid to be bold when fighting a client’s corner”
“a formidable opponent – being on the other side of her is a tough assignment indeed”
“renowned for her ability to argue a difficult case”
“utterly dedicated to the cause, she really digs her heels in until she gets a result”
“a hard-working, committed lawyer who will always push the case that extra mile for her clients”
“passionate about the people she represents”
“fantastic knowledge of the way the health service works”
“meticulous preparation”
“able to grasp the complexities quickly”
“treats clients with care and sensitivity”

Significant Cases

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care v The General Pharmaceutical Council and anor, [2014] EWHC 2521 (Admin)
R (Whapples) v Birmingham Crosscity Clinical Commissioning Group, [2014] EWHC 2647 (Admin)
R (Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd & Others) v Coventry City Council, [2014] EWHC 2089 (Admin)
Tracey, R (on the application of) v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Ors, [2014] EWCA Civ 822
Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care v (1) Nursing & Midwifery Council (2) Janice Harry (2013), QBD (Admin)
R (Antoniou) v Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Others
Saha v Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, [2013] EWHC 2438 QB
R (May) v Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), [2013] EWHC 1574 (Admin)
R (Save our Surgery Limited) v Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , [2013] EWHC 439 (Admin)
NHS v Baby X and others, [2013] 1 FLR 225
P v Independent Print Ltd and others, [2012] 1 FLR 212 (CA)
P and Q v Surrey County Council and others, [2012] 2 WLR 1056

Related News

Fenella Morris QC and Benjamin Tankel help the Royal British Legion protect army widows’ pensions
Fenella Morris QC successful in defence of Coventry Council loan to operators of Ricoh Arena where Coventry FC played
Doctors have legal duty to consult patients over DNR orders
Tracey appeal heard in the Court of Appeal
Fenella Morris QC and Victoria Butler-Cole instructed on behalf of the Resuscitation Council (UK) as interveners in Court of Appeal case
P, P and Q: The key to the gilded cage - Seminar video
Five members of Thirty Nine Essex Street appear in landmark deprivation of liberty case
Fenella Morris QC to speak at the International Brain Injury Symposium
Senior Nurse at Stafford Hospital struck off following Professional Standards Authority review
Fenella Morris QC, Victoria Butler-Cole and Jonathan Auburn appear in important case concerning limits on local authority’s duties to consult on changes to services : R (LH and CM) v Shropshire Council.
Five members of Thirty Nine Essex Street appear in the Supreme Court
Fenella Morris QC and Rose Grogan successfully represent NHS England in Article 2 ECHR Claim
Fenella Morris QC acts in expedited judicial review challenge to reconfiguration of NHS paediatric cardiac surgery services
Fenella Morris QC and Victoria Butler-Cole are instructed by Liberty in litigation arising from the Winterbourne View abuse scandal.
Fenella Morris QC and Victoria Butler-Cole act for NHS Trust in case of missing boy urgently in need of cancer treatment


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