2022 (Inner Temple)
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) The University of Law 2021 (DISTINCTION)
Bar Practice Course (BPC) The University of Law 2022 (VERY COMPETENT)
BASW DipSW Brunel University - 2003
Fiona joined Becket Chambers in October 2023 following successful completion of her pupillage here. She welcomes work across all of chambers’ practice areas, though she is particularly experienced in matters relating to public and private Family Law.
Before joining the bar, Fiona had a career in social work, with over 11 years’ experience as a frontline and court social worker, including two years managing the court service in a busy London local authority. She also spent seven years working for CAFCASS as a public law children’s guardian and two years as a CAFCASS private law family court advisor.
Court work was always Fiona’s favourite aspect of her social work role, so when she felt that it was the right time to pursue a new challenge in her career, this extensive knowledge and experience made becoming a barrister the logical next step.
Her years as a social worker have given her a unique ability to see matters from the perspective of the child, the parents and, in public law cases, the local authority. She welcomes the opportunity to advocate for parents and guardians and to ensure that they get the support they need. Her prior experience enables her to assess a situation from a pragmatic point of view, and to sensitively give her clients a realistic assessment of their position.
Fiona’s natural empathy for her clients makes her sensitive to their situation, and whether in public or private law, her priority is to find the best outcome for the child(ren). Although a strong advocate, able to fight a parent’s corner, she also takes a balanced and fair approach and encourages her clients to consider things from the children’s point of view.
She will always give her clients an honest assessment of the likely outcome of their position.
Fiona has strong analytical skills and is experienced at dealing with lengthy bundles, rapidly assessing complex information, and preparing reports for final hearing at short notice where necessary.
As part of her social work training, Fiona was trained in working with vulnerable clients with mental health and learning difficulties. She is experienced at working with people whose first language is not English, or where the services of a translator are needed.
Ms S from solicitors instructing Fiona Brown