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Fiona is a Partner in the Family team. She specialises in financial settlements upon divorce, particularly those with complex business and farming assets. Fiona acted for the wife in the reported High Court case D v D (2010) EWHC 138, which involved a family farming business of significant value. Fiona also deals with issues relating to:
- cohabitation disputes
- civil partnership disputes
- pre-nuptial agreements.
Many of Fiona's cases have an international element, her clients often having assets abroad or living abroad. She acts for professionals, business owners, professional sportspeople and their spouses and partners.
Fiona is recognised by Legal 500 as a leader in her field, with their 2010 edition stating she 'exudes confidence and calmness' and their 2012 edition stating that she provides 'expert guidance'.
Fiona is a member of Resolution, the national family law association. She is a Resolution Accredited specialist in Advanced Financial Provision. She lectures on family law issues and has written numerous articles for legal publications. Fiona is regularly contacted by the press about family law issues and she has been interviewed on Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, Granada Reports, BBC World Service and BBC Radio Manchester. She has been quoted in articles in the Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Metro and the Manchester Evening News.
Best career moment: It may be a cliche but I enjoy seeing clients come through their divorce emotionally stronger than when we first met, with their financial settlement in place and ready to face the world again.
Fiona qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 and became a Partner at Pannone in 2003.