Fiona’s experience and expertise is in family law, children law, adoption, care proceedings, domestic violence, mental health, adult social services and the Court of Protection.
Areas of Law
Fiona is a Solicitor Advocate within the family department and specialises in representing children and parents in public law care proceedings and adoption proceedings when social services have child protection concerns. Fiona is a highly skilled advocate and regularly conducts her own advocacy in the Family Proceedings Court and County Court and High Court, wherever possible to ensure continuity of client care. Her experience extends to Judicial Review cases.
She has successfully challenged Local Authorities on behalf of parents resulting in the parents resuming care of their children and has represented children and parents in complex cases involving non-accidental injuries with expert medical witnesses.
Fiona’s skills and experience as a Solicitor-Advocate was nationally recognised in 2014 when she was short-listed for the Law Society Solicitor-Advocate of the Year Award.
Prior to practicing as a Solicitor, Fiona worked in the public sector in the National Health Service as a Psychiatric Nurse and for the Local Authority Children’s Services looking after children aged 10-17 years in a Secure Unit. This provides Fiona with a solid background to enable her to understand and empathise with her clients.
Education & Qualifications
LLB (Hons) Law 2001 – University of Hull
Diploma in Law – College of Law
Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts (Civil)
England & Wales 2003
Memberships and Affiliations
ASSOCIATION OF LAWYERS FOR CHILDREN SAHCA