Fiona was called to the Bar in 2013. She has a well-established criminal practice and is regularly instructed to defend in the Crown Court in a wide range of cases including:
- Assault and violent offences
- Acquisitive offences
- Public Order
- Motoring and vehicle crime
- Sexual offences
- Football related violence and Banning Orders
- Offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Forced Marriage offences
Fiona prosecutes in the Crown Court and is a CPS Level 2 Prosecutor. She is adept at working patiently and sensitively with youths and vulnerable individuals. She has particular experience in dealing with defendants who suffer from mental health concerns and provides compassionate representation to those who require their voice to be heard.
Having been a member of the General Medical Council legal team, Fiona is proficient in cases involving complex medical evidence and multiple expert witnesses, such as cases involving non-accidental injuries.
Fiona has provided training to local authorities in relation to forced marriage and the criminal offence recently introduced.
R v AW (Operation Accordion) – Led Junior in a complex mortgage fraud case involving Conspiracy to Commit Fraud by False Representation.
R v MH – Represented a Defendant in a long standing fraud by false representation, where there had been a complex employment relationship, leading to a suspended sentence.
R v JP – Represented one of twenty one Defendants accused of Fraud by False Representation (Crash for Cash).
Disclosure Counsel in relation to a complex historic fraud, including pre-charge disclosure advice and disclosure management.
Representing at high value Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act and applications for Restraint Orders.
R v BM – Acquittal – Successfully defended a male accused of sexual assault. Hearing on the voir dire in relation to the admissibility of identification evidence. The Defendant was acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer.
R v A – Conviction – Successfully prosecuted a youth in the Magistrates Court in relation to sexual offences.
R v FL – Conviction – Successfully prosecuted a male in the Magistrates Court in relation to the sexual assault of a family member.
R v AA – Representation of a Defendant at trial in relation to allegations of Sexual Activity with a Child. Cross examination of a child and vulnerable witness.
Offences against the Person
R v PK – Conviction – Successful prosecution of a Defendant in relation to a S18 Assault, resulting in a sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
R v WC – Acquittal after trial – Led by Christopher Tehrani QC in relation to a young Defendant accused of a S20 Assault.
R v MM and ND – Acting as a Noting Junior to Christopher Tehrani QC in a ‘baby shaking’ case involving complex medical evidence and multiple expert witnesses.
R v JG and AG – Conviction – Successful prosecution of a multi handed case in relation to a S47 Assault against a vulnerable complainant.
R v JL – Conviction – Successful prosecution of a Defendant in relation to Burglary (dwelling) resulting in 5 years imprisonment.
R v TL – Represented a Defendant in a multi handed conspiracy to commit burglary (cash machines).
R v AM – Represented a Defendant in relation to a multi handed Commercial Burglary.
Football Law and Football Banning Orders
R v HB – Acquittal after trial – Defendant acquitted of a football related offence.
R v DP – Acquittal after trial – Defendant acquitted of a football related
S5 Public Order offence.
R v CF – Acquittal after trial – Defendant acquitted of a football related drunk and disorderly offence, against the evidence of three Police Officers.
R v LU – Successful opposition and legal argument in relation to the Crown’s application for a Football Banning Order. No order made.
R v RW – Representation of a Defendant in relation to a multi handed case of Violent Disorder. The Defendant being one of 29 individuals accused of violence during the Sheffield and Grimsby match in July 2016. Successful negotiation in relation to a guilty plea to a lesser offence of S4A of the Public Order Act. Successful opposition and legal argument in relation to the Crown’s application for a Football Banning Order. No order made.
R v NP – Pre-hearing representations in relation to a civil application for a Football Banning Order relating to allegations of disorder abroad, which led to the Police withdrawing a civil application for a Football Banning Order.