Fiona Clancy is an experienced Junior with an expanding practice in serious and complex crime.
Having prosecuted and defended as a led Junior in multi-handed serious and complex cases, she has experience in analysing and presenting cases involving Conspiracy offences, Organised Crime, Drugs, Firearms, and serious violence including Murder.
She is known to have the fortitude to deal with legal arguments in a fearless manner, alongside detailed written advocacy and preparation.
Fiona is a Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor.
As a former member of the Royal Military Police, Fiona has an excellent understanding of defending those in the military or emergency services.
Having been a member of the General Medical Council Legal Team, Fiona is extremely proficient in cases involving complex medical evidence and multiple expert witnesses, such as cases involving non-accidental injuries.
As one of a team of lead investigators on the Hillsborough Investigation for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Fiona became skilled in dealing compassionately with witnesses and in analysing and investigating extensive historic evidence.
She is adept at working patiently and sensitively with youths and in the cross examination of vulnerable individuals. She has particular experience in dealing with Defendants who suffer from mental health.
Fiona has also taught Advocacy, Criminal Law and Criminal Litigation on the Bar Professional Training Course, Graduate Diploma in Law and LLB Law.
She is committed to supporting social mobility at the Bar and through the Inns of Court, mentors Bar students and has given her time to sit on the scholarship panel for Inner Temple. Fiona is Chambers Pro Bono Champion with the charity Advocate.
Serious and Complex Cases
Operation Kingman (Part 1) – Leading Junior. Successful prosecution after a three week trial in relation to offences of Conspiracy to Supply in excess of £2,000,000 worth of Class A Drugs (Cocaine and Heroin) and a Conspiracy to Transfer Prohibited Weapons, in order to settle the disputes of an organised crime group. The Conspiracies were based upon Encrochat evidence uncovered during Operation Venetic, alongside expert evidence. Following trial, the Defendant was convicted of all three counts on the indictment and sentenced to 17 years imprisonment. Fiona Clancy is instructed as Leading Junior in Operation Kingman Part 2 listed to take place in 2023.
Operation Mortimer – Led Junior alongside Mark Rhind QC in a successful multi handed prosecution for Conspiracy to Rob and Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs offences. The case involved reliance on Operation Venetic encrypted phone data, alongside covert audio recordings and analysis of complex financial evidence. Four of the Defendants were involved in a plot caught by the National Crime Agency to rob and torture a wealthy businessman. All five Defendants were also involved in a multi kilogram Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. In total the Defendants were sentenced to 133 years imprisonment and made the subject of Serious Crime Prevention Orders.
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Operation Dime Edge – Junior alone successfully prosecuting a Rogue Builder for 58 Fraud offences and two Counterfeit Currency offences. The total value of the fraud was £473,166.96 over an offending period between 2019 to 2021. The case involved 58 victims, some of whom were elderly. Many of the victims were left with homes in a state of disrepair, without roofs during the winter months and have been adversely emotionally and financially impacted by the crime. The Defendant Adam Priestley was sentenced to 5.5 years imprisonment for the untold misery that his offending caused.
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Operation Crowbar – Led Junior alongside Adrian Farrow in the successful prosecution of eight Defendants for a complex series of Drug Production, Importation and Supply offences and a ninth Defendant for Assisting an Offender. The offences came to light following the interception of a disguised 5kg package of MDMA tablets by Border Force and a subsequent drugs search. The Defendants were linked to this offending by way of forensic evidence, mobile phone cell site analysis and telephone data.
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Operation Accordion – Led Junior for the Defence alongside Ian Harris in a complex mortgage fraud case involving Conspiracy to Commit Fraud by False Representation.
Operation Canvas – Led Junior prosecuting a multi handed Conspiracy to Produce Cannabis.
R v MS – Led Junior alongside Mark Rhind QC in a Murder trial for the Defence. The case involved extensive expert evidence from Fire Investigators.
R v TA – Junior alone on a case of Child Cruelty, in the context of wider allegations of S18 injuries caused during baby shaking incidents by TA’s partner. Following analysis of complex medical evidence and the service of an extensive and detailed Defence Statement, the Crown offered no evidence in respect of the Child Cruelty counts relating to TA. Formal not guilty verdicts entered.
R v AR – Led Junior alongside Paul Hodgkinson on a forthcoming defence trial in relation to a sixteen handed Conspiracy to Defraud.
R v UA – Acquittal – Successfully defended a male in relation to tendering counterfeit money. The Crown offered no evidence following cross examination of the first prosecution witness.
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 DH – Acquittal – Successfully defended a male accused of sexual assault in the workplace.
R v CR – Acquittal – Successful defence of a male on three counts of historic sexual offending and hung jury upon the remaining counts.
R v A – Conviction – Successfully prosecuted a youth in the Youth 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.
Offences against the Person
R v BP – Acquittal – Successfully defended a male in relation to seven counts including Arson (Reckless), Threats to Kill, Burglary, Common Assault and Theft.
R v WC – Acquittal after trial – Led Junior by Christopher Tehrani QC in relation to a young Defendant accused of a S20 Assault.
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 AH – Conviction – Successful prosecution of a Defendant in relation to a S18 Assault and Having a Bladed Article.
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.
R v BC – Acquittal. Successful defence of a victim of trafficking who was accused of producing in excess of 800 cannabis plants. The National Referral Mechanism concluded with reasonable grounds that the Defendant had been trafficked. A detailed and comprehensive Defence Statement setting out the facts in support of the Modern Slavery defence led to the Crown offering no evidence against the Defendant. Formal not guilty verdict entered.
R v AB – Acquittal – Successfully defended a male in relation to two counts of breach of a restraining order, resulting in a unanimous acquittal after trial.
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.