Fiona deals with all aspects of public and private law family proceedings. Fiona deals with Children Act proceedings and domestic violence cases. She also has experience of dealing with ancillary relief matters.
Given her experience in immigration matters, Fiona has a particular interest in cases which involve both family and immigration issues including those which involve the status of the child/parent. Fiona has acted on behalf of the Children’s Guardian in such cases. In public law cases she has acted on behalf of Local Authorities, parents and the Children’s Guardian. In private law proceedings, Fiona is often instructed in cases with a foreign element.
Fiona regularly appears at the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal. Fiona is a founder member of the AIT Court Users Group which includes regular meetings with the presiding Senior Immigration Judge.
Fiona has a particular interest in the Points Based System, holiday visas, work permits and highly skilled migrant applications.
- Acting for a child in care proceedings whose mother had an outstanding asylum claim covering aspects of asylum and immigration law, including the involvement of interpreters.
- Acting on behalf of a mother through the Official Solicitor in care proceedings due to her severe learning difficulties involving issues of neglect of the child over a substantial period of time.
- Acting on behalf of a father who it was alleged had sexually abused his 14/15 year old daughter when she was younger, the child giving evidence via video link requiring sensitive questioning.
- Acting on behalf of a grandmother in care proceedings relating to her grandchildren, who 20 years previously it was alleged had been complicit in the death of her own child.
- Acting for a wife/mother in private law proceedings who alleged abuse by her mother-in-law, husband and others in the family with overtures of forced marriage, allegations of being incarcerated in the house and being a "slave" to her in-laws and husband.
- Representation of father in public law proceedings accused of severe injuries to his child who it was said functioned at a lower level than his chronological age.
- Fiona was previously a Clerk to the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal (1987/1988).