2010, Lincoln's Inn
Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
Wolfson Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
Entrance Exhibitioner, Trinity College Dublin
MA, Trinity College Dublin
BVC, BPP Law School London
GDL, BPP Law School London
Fiona Wise came to Chambers in 2011 and completed pupillage under the supervision of Jaime Hamilton. She has experience of a range of criminal proceedings. She is instructed by both Defence Solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service, on matters including trials, Newton hearings, preliminary hearings, plea and case management hearings, appeals against conviction, and applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Fiona is currently being led in a multi-handed blackmail/firearms/pervert the course of justice case. She regularly receives instructions to appear in cases of violence, dishonesty and drugs in the Crown Court. This includes matters such as football related disorder, theft from employer, fraud and cases of conspiracy. She recently advised upon a complex question of restraint proceedings brought in the Crown Court.
Fiona is regularly instructed to advise upon and conduct applications, variations and breach proceedings in respect of gang injunctions, housing injunctions, anti-social behaviour orders and injunctions, football banning orders, domestic violence prevention orders, restraining orders and sexual offences prevention orders. She also has experience of proceedings brought under the Licensing Act 2003.
In addition Fiona also undertakes personal injury work, having been mentored during pupillage by Matthew Haisley. She regularly represents Claimants and Defendants at disposal hearings, interlocutory hearings, infant settlement approvals and trials. She is also familiar with cases involving credit hire and RTA fraud, including staged accidents, bogus passengers and LVI.
Fiona accepts instructions to prepare written advices on quantum and liability, covering areas including employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic accident claims. She ensures paperwork is turned around promptly. She is also pleased to advise in conference and test witnesses, especially in fraud cases.
Fiona has acted for interested parties involved in inquests before the Coroner’s Court on a number of occasions. This is an area of her work she is keen to expand.
Prior to being called to the bar Fiona read History at Trinity College Dublin. She was then employed as a political researcher by the European Parliament working both in Brussels and Strasbourg, a role that included analysing and advising upon proposed European legislation proceeding through the Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the Committee on Security and Defence. Returning to the UK to continue her legal studies, she combined work and study as a freelance political researcher focusing on European affairs, including legislation proposed and enacted under the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
Fiona’s hobbies include horse riding and cross country running, and although no longer playing rugby she is a keen supporter of Northampton Saints.
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