Introduction Introduction Fiona is a family law specialist who is in demand in all areas of family law both public and private. She is known for her strong advocacy skills built up over years of successful practice and her ability to absorb and process cases with complex factual and expert evidence. She is frequently in the High Court where she acts for parents, guardians and for local authorities and she also appears in a variety of courts and tribunals dealing with appeals, when appropriate. Fiona is in demand in a full range of cases involving the financial consequences of relationship breakdown including financial provision on divorce, applications with regard to children where the parents are unmarried and cases involving co-ownership and trusts of land. Fiona thinks tactically from the outset of each case with which she deals. Fiona ensures that each client has their case put with clarity and is noted for her persuasiveness when dealing with both facts and applicable law. Her case preparation is meticulous and she has a proven track record of putting clients at ease in the most difficult circumstances. Financial Provision Financial Provision Fiona is much in demand for her expertise in dealing with all aspects of financial provision (formerly ancillary relief) on family breakdown. As well as dealing with divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships, she is experienced in dealing with cases where the ownership of family assets is in dispute, including applications in the case of trusts of land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) . Fiona has a wide range of experience in both making and defending applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 where the child's parents are not married. Fiona is widely recognised for her committment to practical and strategic advice from the outset. Care & Supervision Care & Supervision Fiona is noted for her expertise in complex care cases, including applications for placement and adoption. She is a seasoned advocate and regularly undertakes work at the most serious end of the spectrum, including non-accidental injury (NAI) and sexual abuse, including historic and inter-generational abuse. Fiona appears in cases inolving vulnerable clients and clients with disabilities, including psychiatric disorders or learning disabilities. She treats all clients with respect whatever the history or issue. Child Arrangement Child Arrangement Fiona has a history of success in cases where the allegation is that one party is intractably opposed to contact, cases which involve private law guardians and concerns about how contact might be re-introduced and managed. She is instructed in cases involving internal relocation and removal from the jurisdiction and other specific issue disputes. Adoption Adoption Fiona is experienced in all aspects of adoption, including foreign adoption and placement. She acts for all parties, including birth parents, adopters, adoption agencies and local authorities. Fiona is senstive to the issues involved and provides supportive and proactive representation. Fiona is fully familiar with adoption involving international issues. Qualifications Qualifications LLB (Hons) Awards & Prizes Awards & Prizes Pegasus Scholar Sir Thomas More Bursary Memberships Memberships Family Law Bar Association Direct Access Direct Access Fiona is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Fiona on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.