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Fiona Wise

Year of call 2010, Lincoln's Inn  

Areas of Expertise
Criminal, Insurance Fraud, Personal Injury

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Fiona came to Chambers in 2011 and having completed pupillage under the supervision of Jaime Hamilton QC and mentorship of Matthew Haisley, she developed a mixed practice of Personal Injury work and Crime. Fiona is currently focused upon personal injury work in which she:

  • represents Claimants and Defendants in fast track trials, disposal hearings, interlocutory hearings, infant settlement approvals and stage 3 MOJ hearings;
  • is familiar with cases involving credit hire and RTA fraud, including staged accidents, bogus passengers and LVI;
  • prepares written advices on quantum and liability, covering areas including employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic accident claims;
  • advises in conference including testing witnesses, especially in suspected fraud cases; and
  • represents family members and interested persons at inquests involving alleged clinical negligence and road traffic accidents.

In relation to her criminal practice Fiona is a Category 2 prosecutor who:

  • prosecutes and defends in all areas of crime including cases involving high value fraud, sexual offences, supply of Class A drugs, serious assaults and robbery;
  • was junior counsel in the successful prosecution of a multi-complainant rape and sexual abuse case. This included a significant disclosure exercise in relation to the medical and social service records of the 11 complainants, dating back to the 1970s;
  • junior counsel in the successful prosecution of a multi-handed firearms/blackmail/conspiracy to pervert the course of justice case;
  • junior counsel representing a Defendant in a multi-defendant, multi-million pound VAT fraud prosecution;
  • instructed in numerous cases for local authorities and other public bodies in respect of the review of material subject to public interest immunity and has been instructed as Independent Counsel in relation to disclosure of material potentially subject to legal professional privilege seized as part of large scale complex criminal investigations; and
  • advises upon and conducts applications, variations and breech proceedings in respect of gang injunctions. housing injunctions, anti-social behaviour orders, football banning orders and domestic violence prevention orders. She also has experience of proceedings brought under the Licensing Act 2003.

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.

Fiona's hobbies include horse riding, triathlons and cross country running, and although no longer playing rugby she is a keen supporter of Northampton Saints RFC.

Prescribed Information

Miss Fiona Wise is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Miss Wise can be found here.

Miss Wise’s clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Miss Wise to undertake court work for a brief fee plus refresher days.  For advisory work, drafting and conferences it is most common for this to be charged at an hourly rate although fixed fees are available. Miss Wise will consider Conditional Fee Agreements and Damages Based Agreements in cases with favourable prospects of success. Miss Wise will typically return paperwork within 14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales. 

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