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.

Fiona is a board member of the Leeds Law School Advisory Board following an invitation from the Dean.


Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • R v AB (Newcastle Crown Court) - Attempted murder

    Currently instructed as a junior alone to represent AB at a trial expected to last 6 days. Case involves complex issues relating to fitness to plead and intent.

  • R v AN (Newcastle Crown Court) - Affray

    Unanimously acquitted after 5 days in trial. Case involved a neighbour dispute which resulted in AN striking a female neighbour in the face with a spade. The incident was captured on mobile phone footage. Case involved the cross-examination of 7 civilian witnesses and a large amount of unused material relating to previous incidents and hate crimes. Case involved alleged racism from both parties.

  • R v SK (Teesside Crown Court) – Attempt GBH with intent

    Secured an acquittal on counts of attempted GBH with intent of a prison officer and possession of a weapon inside a prison. Previous convictions for possession of weapons inside prisons and numerous serious assaults on prison officers committed in three different prisons went before the jury. SK avoided an inevitable finding of dangerousness as a result of the acquittals. Case involved uncommon issues surrounding heightened security, handcuffs applications and his notoriety. SK appeared on the Channel 4 documentary, “Prisons”.

  • R v DW (Newcastle Crown Court) – Controlling and coercive behaviour and ABH

    Secured an acquittal on 5 counts from an original 9 count indictment including a guilty plea. Case involved allegations of controlling and coercive behaviour, a number of assaults including ABH and criminal damage. 16 of the most serious of DW’s previous convictions went before the jury. Acquitted of all assaults and avoided an inevitable finding of dangerousness.

  • R v AH (Newcastle Crown Court) – GBH with intent

    AH was unanimously acquitted of both s.18 and the alternative offence of s.20 of the OAPA after 4 days in trial. Allegation was that AH had attacked the IP with a knife causing cuts to his face, neck, shoulder and a puncture wound to his chest. There was CCTV showing a confrontation between AH and the IP moments before the incident was supposed to have taken place. Case involved lengthy cross-examination of the IP.

  • R v MN (Durham Crown Court) – False imprisonment

    Unanimous acquittals on counts of false imprisonment, ABH, common assault and affray. Trial lasted 3 days.

  • R v TI (Newcastle Crown Court) – Dwelling robbery

    Instructed in a 7 day dwelling robbery involving the theft of almost £6,000 described as an “inside job”. The case involved cell site analysis, a vast amount of telecommunications, identification, medical evidence, Facebook posts, enquiries into their validity and the exclusion of some members of the public from the court building for the duration of the trial. Following both Defendants’ convictions the Judge commended Fiona on her conduct throughout the trial and the quality of her closing speech. TI was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment.

  • R v NW (Snaresbrook Crown Court) - ABH

    Unanimously acquitted on both counts of ABH and common assault against two youths. Allegation was that NW had head-butted one male and punched another four times to the face in an unprovoked attack. Head-butt resulted in the loss of two front teeth. Identification was not an issue. Fiona rapped a verse from the song by Shaggy, ‘It Wasn’t Me’ during her closing speech. Jury took less than 15 minutes to return verdicts of not guilty.

  • R v JB (Bradford Crown Court) – Racially aggravated GBH

    First on the indictment in a two-handed racially aggravated GBH. Trial lasted 4 days. IP suffered “life changing injuries” in what the Judge described as a “sustained and racist attack”. JB was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment.

  • R v SW (Durham Crown Court) – Possessing a firearm with intent

    Represented SW for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence which carries a minimum sentence of 5 years’. Persuaded the Crown to accept a plea to affray on the morning of trial and SW was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment.

  • R v BM (Newcastle Crown Court) – GBH with intent

    Represented a client charged with s.18 following a serious stabbing at a block of flats in Whitley Bay. BM pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of s.20. A lengthy Basis of Plea was submitted. BM was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months’.

  • R v JF (Carlisle Crown Court) - ABH

    Instructed to represent JF in relation to an offence of ABH during a domestic violence incident. Case involved legal argument in relation to third party confessions and hearsay evidence involving Facebook messages. Fiona was praised by both the Judge and the Prosecutor for exercising “exceptional judgment and skill” in relation to a “very complex case”.

  • R v BG (Camberwell Green Youth Court) - GBH

    Acquitted of GBH resulting in a broken eye socket. BG forwarded pre-emptive self-defence along with his co-defendant.

  • R v PS (Central Criminal Court) – ABH

    Fiona’s first Crown Court trial was in Court 1 at the Old Bailey. Instructed in a 3 day ABH trial involving pre-emptive self-defence where PS had stopped his car at the side of the road, chased the IP who was on foot and attacked him.

  • R v MH (Camberwell Green Youth Court) - Robbery

    Involved cross-examination of a 15 year old witness. Despite numerous previous convictions for robbery being before the District Judge and the fact that MH was picked out on an I.D. parade, MH was acquitted of a single count of robbery.

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

Notable Cases

"You provided a great service for him. That was an exception 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)


  • 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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