Fiona only accepts instructions for the defence and has developed a very busy practice.

Fiona completed a reduced pupillage at Farringdon Chambers in London under the supervision of Ian Henderson (now Q.C). Fiona began tenancy after only 9 months of pupillage. She joined New Park Court Chambers in February 2016 after 16 months of practice on the South Eastern Circuit.

Fiona goes above and beyond for her clients. She is able to adopt a variety of approaches which allows her to greatly assist those with mental health issues in particular. Fiona’s passion and diligence whilst defending her clients is plain to see. She has often been commended on the quality of her closing speeches.

 

 

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • R v KO and Others - Operation Withington (Newcastle Crown Court) - Importation of Class A drugs

    Secured a unanimous acquittal after 5 days in trial for an offence of importing a Class A drug (Opium) from Iran involving 3 defendants. KO accepted making 6 phone calls to DHL seeking delivery of the package which contained a gear for a commercial food mixer with 1.65kg of Opium hidden inside. Co-defendant was sentenced to 7 years’ custody.

  • R v KH (Lincoln Crown Court) – Production of cannabis and PWITS cannabis

    Instructed in a multi-handed 5 day trial for offences of production of cannabis and possessing cannabis with the intention of supplying it to another. Case involves cell site analysis and served material of over 10,500 pages. All Defendants listed for trial are Albanian nationals.

  • R v TD (Newcastle Crown Court)

    Represented TD who entered two guilty pleas to cultivation of cannabis. Following unnecessary delays an abuse of argument was made on behalf of TD. The argument was successful, the indictment was stayed and the case dismissed.

  • R v AL (Sheffield Crown Court) – Production of cannabis

    Represented AL from the outset for producing cannabis. Nearly 200 plants were found in a house in Sheffield. AL, an Albanian national, pleaded guilty following the P.T.P.H. and was sentenced to 20 months’ custody.

  • R v JD (Worchester Crown Court) – PWITS cannabis

    Represented JD for possession with intent to supply cannabis and other related offences. A Basis of Plea was submitted and the case went to a Newton trial. JD, an Albanian national, was sentenced to 27 months’ custody.​

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • R v BN (Newcastle Crown Court) - Rape of a child under 13, rape, sexual assault, cruelty

    R v BN (Newcastle Crown Court) – Rape of a child under 13, rape, sexual assault, cruelty

    After 8 days in trial BN was acquitted of all 10 counts on the indictment. The case concerned very serious allegations including the rape of his biological daughter between the ages of 8 to 14 years, the rape of his wife over the course of their 20 year marriage and sexual abuse and cruelty against his 10 year old biological son involving serious physical assaults, the cutting of his face with a knife and being shot with a pellet gun. The case involved careful cross-examination of 4 young siblings (all using ABE interviews, s.28 recordings and intermediaries) including their mother and alleged IP. The case involved a large amount of third party material including social services, school, medical and police records. Fiona was praised by the Judge for her calm and efficient conduct of the case.

  • R v TH (Durham Crown Court)

    After 3 days in trial, TH was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment for the oral rape of a 14 year old girl in a park in Newcastle. Case involved the use of an intermediary and s.28 procedure. Fiona was commended on her closing speech.

  • R v AB (Newcastle Crown Court) – Rape and other sexual offences against children

    Represented AB over the course of two cases for the rape of his 12 year old niece and a number of offences of sexual assault by penetration of two other 12 and 13 year old girls on a different occasion. Pleaded guilty to all offences and was sentenced to 9 years and 6 months’ and 4 years’ respectively.

  • R v JB (Newcastle Crown Court) - Sexual assault

    Represented JB at his appeal in relation to an allegation that he touched a woman’s breasts whilst walking past her in the street. Legal submissions were put forward during the appeal against conviction on the basis that JB could not have a fair trial and that the evidence against him could not be relied upon. Ultimately the Bench agreed with the submissions and allowed the appeal. JB was found not guilty.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-shields-dad-sexual-assault-16927273

  • R v AB (Newcastle Crown Court) - ABH, voyeurism, sexual assault of a child under 13 years

    Historic case involving five counts of ABH, voyeurism, sexual assault of a child under 13 years and indecent assault. Allegations related to two children who AB had allegedly physically and sexually abused over 20 years ago. Following 7 days in trial he was convicted of one count of ABH and one count of voyeurism. The jury were hung on all remaining counts. There will not be a re-trial.

  • R v KG (Newcastle Crown Court) – Sexual offences against a child by a family member

    Secured a unanimous acquittal on both counts of an alleged sexual assault by an uncle on his 11 year old niece.

  • R v AN (Newcastle Crown Court) – Historic sexual offences against a child by a family member

    Secured acquittals on all 5 counts on the indictment after 3 days in trial. Case concerned a variety of historic sexual offences allegedly committed by an uncle against his young nephew.

  • R v TR (Teesside Crown Court) – Sexual assault by penetration against a child

    Secured an acquittal at appeal of a 12 year old girl accused of assault by penetration of an 8 year old close family friend.

  • R v PS (Sunderland Youth Court) – Attempted rape

    Represented a 16 year old male at trial for the attempted rape of a 20 year old male with learning difficulties. Sentenced to an 18 month YRO.

  • R v DG (Isleworth Crown Court) – Making indecent imagines

    Instructed to represent MM in relation to multiple allegations of making indecent images of children the majority of those being Category A. This was the second time that MM had been before the courts for such matters. The Judge praised Fiona over her handling of both MM and the case.

  • R v JS (Newcastle Crown Court) – Sexual assault

    Represented RE at his appeal of both conviction and sentence in relation to a sexual assault. Fiona represented RE without a solicitor and agreed to work on a pro-bono basis. The sentence was ultimately halved and the Judge commended Fiona on her willingness to act for free to ensure RE got a fair trial.

Notable Cases

"You provided a great service for him. That was an exceptional mitigation"
Sentencing Judge in a sex case

"Brilliant work - well done"
From a instructing solicitor following acquittals in a serious sex case

"An incredible result!! It was all down to you. You put in so much extra work (including buying the client lunch!) Well done and thank you very much"
From an instructing solicitor following an acquittal in a burglary trial

"Fiona's guidance, advice, belief in me and reassurance over the last 12 months has been a pillar of hope for me throughout this ordeal. It fills me with relief that there is still a barrister who actually cares about people’s freedom and wellbeing. Fiona’s sincerity, honesty, knowledge of the law and tenacity will take her far. Fiona has done more for me off her own back than anyone ever has, and for that, I am forever grateful"
From a client Fiona represented at his appeal against conviction without a solicitor (Direct Access) and on a pro-bono basis who was reconvicted.

"Fiona's warmth and personable qualities to me before and after the case were very much appreciated. Fiona is a proficient and very effective barrister."
From a client unanimously acquitted of sexually assaulting a child family member

"She is plainly a fighter."
From an instructing solicitor

"Fiona is particularly adept at dealing with difficult clients with mental health difficulties, she is well liked by clients and is very much at ease with vulnerable clients."
From an instructing solicitor

"Fiona gives every case her full attention and she has established herself as very reliable Counsel… she is incredibly hardworking."
From an instructing solicitor

"Fiona was instructed as a noting junior in a very serious and complex conspiracy and I was highly impressed with her professional integrity, hard work ethic and high standards for client service."
From an instructing solicitor following a two month brief in the Old Bailey

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Middle Temple
  • Board Member and Student Mentor - Leeds Law School Advisory Board (since 2019)

Education

  • LLM (Commendation), Racism & American Death Penalty (2010-2011)
  • BVC (Very Competent), Northumbria University (2009-2010)
  • LLB (Hons) (Upper Second Class), Sheffield Hallam University (2006-2009)

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