Fiona is a Professional Support Lawyer, responsible for training, research and business development. Fiona is also nplaw’s Training Principal, with responsibility for our trainee solicitors.
Fiona undertook her training contract in private practice and, after qualifying as a solicitor, spent two years in a local firm dealing with family and employment work. She then moved to Norfolk County Council’s Legal Department to specialise in child protection and adoption and was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel.
After the birth of her second son, Fiona became a lecturer teaching law on various degree courses and qualified as a teacher. At the same time, she was an Independent Member of Norfolk Police Authority for four years and a non-executive director of a housing association for six years. Fiona has also been a member of the Institute for Learning’s Professional Practice Panel, hearing disciplinary cases against teachers in further education institutions. She was appointed as Independent Person for a district council under the Localism Act in 2012, a role which saw complaints against district and parish councillors referred to her for her views to be taken into consideration when determining whether they had breached their council’s Code of Conduct. She is currently a non-executive director of a healthcare community interest company, having a seat at board level representing the patients’ voice.
Since joining nplaw, Fiona has developed expertise in the area of compulsory purchase, streamlining the organisation’s processes, producing guidance notes and keeping lawyers and clients up-to-date with the many recent changes in the law, as well as running her own caseload. She and Jane Linley, Head of nplaw’s Planning and Environmental Law Team, prepare and deliver training in this area across the country and Fiona regularly speaks at national conferences. Fiona has recently produced training materials for CILEx Law School to train the staff of a major public sector organisation in CPOs, which has involved writing two manuals on “Compulsory Purchase Policy and Procedure” and “Compulsory Purchase Compensation and Valuation”, delivering a series of live and recorded webinars and writing assessments. In 2019, Fiona assisted with drafting some of the legal documents for the development consent order application for the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing relating to compulsory acquisition.
- Compulsory purchase orders
- University of East Anglia – LL.B (Hons)
- Admitted as a solicitor in 1991
- University of East Anglia – Master’s Degree in Family Justice
- Teaching qualifications – DTLLS (City College Norwich) and QTLS