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Fiona Ross

Year of call:
2004
Education:
1999
University of Edinburgh, MA (Hons) History (2:1)
2000
University of Cambridge, PG Cert in International Business Practice (First)
2003
The College of Law, PGDip Law (‘very competent’)
2004
Manchester Metropolitan University, BVC (‘very competent’)
Career:
1999
British American Chamber of Commerce, marketing & special events assistant, New York
2000
Finance Professionals, London, recruitment consultant (investment banking)
2001
Firefly Communications, London (PR consultant)
2004
Pupil at Sovereign Chambers (civil/family)
2005
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers
2015
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Appointments:
Lecturer/examiner on the part-time BPTC, BPP College of Professional Studies, Leeds Accredited to teach advocacy by the IATC since 2005.
Memberships:
Personal Injury Bar Association (since 2004)
Northern Ballet Parents' Association
Awards:
2003
Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
1999
Mountbatten Scholarship
Languages:
French

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Highly recommended for personal injury matters.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Very experienced in personal injury claims.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

“She is personable, approachable and excellent with clients.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

Fiona Ross’s background is in all areas of civil law, but she now specialises in personal injury and has extensive experience in all areas of civil fraud, including employer’s liability and household insurance claims, but particularly in relation to road traffic accidents.

Fiona is instructed on a repeat basis by most of the country’s leading firms specialising in civil insurance fraud and many of the UK’s insurance companies.

She is well known for her strong trial advocacy, particularly her forensic cross-examination style and down to earth approach when communicating the issues to clients and solicitors.

Fiona deals with cases on a weekly basis involving bogus passengers, fabricated, staged and induced accidents, low velocity impacts and exaggerated personal injury and damage.

She also has experience in dealing with organised fraud rings and has a wide experience of dealing with credit hire claims, usually of a significant value. Fiona advises at the pre-proceedings stage and throughout the course of litigated cases.

She is particularly sought out to test the credibility of witness evidence in conference and to conduct conferences with medical and engineering experts. She has extensive experience in drafting robust pleadings, Part 18 requests and applications for Specific Disclosure.

Fiona deals with all interlocutory applications and has successfully defended many cases at trial both on the Fast Track and Multi Track.

Fiona has a down-to-earth approach to clients and solicitors, putting them at ease whilst clearly communicating the issues

Approach

Fiona prepares meticulously. She has a down-to-earth approach to clients and solicitors, putting them at ease whilst clearly communicating the issues involved in the case. She is happy to accept instructions via email, and all paperwork is emailed promptly to instructing solicitors.

Lecturing

Fiona is always aware of the latest developments in this area of practice and is frequently requested to give CPD accredited training seminars on recent developments in civil insurance fraud.

Notable Cases

  • Raza Khan v. Jean Marsden (1) and Liverpool Victoria (2) (In the process of being reported):

A leading first instance decision on QOCS,  fundamental dishonesty and exaggerated injuries, despite there being a genuine injury. (2015)

  • Mohammed Choudhury v. Laura Mancey:

Road traffic accident, where it was argued on behalf of the Defendant that the impact was of such a low velocity that it could not have caused the damage to the Claimant’s vehicle nor have caused the injuries complained of. Discredited expert reports on damage to Claimant’s car, medical expert reports and Claimant’s own evidence. The Judge subsequently found the Claimant to be fundamentally dishonest having exaggerated his non-existent injuries and for claiming vehicle damage that was not attributable to this accident. An important test case in relation to concerns over fraudulent expert reports forming part of a fraud ring.

  • Ammi Pabary v. EUI Limited:

Acted for the Defendant to argue that the credit hire agreement was not exempt from the Consumer Credit Act 1974 referring to The Consumer Credit (Exempt Agreements) Order 1989 and The Consumer Credit (EU Directive) Regulations 2010.  Complex argument on the proper construction of the individual term regarding interest charges in the credit hire agreement. (2015)

  • Smith v Burney (Reported decision) – Successful appeal on admissibility of internet spot-hire rates.

Public Access

Fiona may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Fiona’s Clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Highly recommended for personal injury matters.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

“Very experienced in personal injury claims.” – The Legal 500 (2017)

“She is personable, approachable and excellent with clients.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

Fiona Ross’s background is in all areas of civil law, but she now specialises in personal injury and has extensive experience in all areas of civil fraud. She advises and appears at all stages of multi-track and fast-track litigation for both claimants and defendants, and regularly appears in applications and other hearings in the High Court.

She is frequently instructed to deal with the following types of claims:

  • Road traffic accidents, including claims involving credit hire (in which she has extensive experience and is often instructed in cases involving significant hire claims allocated to the multi-track).
  • Employer’s liability
  • Occupier’s liability
  • Public liability
  • CICA
  • Fiona has a particular interest in psychiatric illness claims which has led to a developing practice in occupational stress claims.

Fiona has a down-to-earth approach to clients and solicitors, putting them at ease whilst clearly communicating the issues

Industrial Disease & Clinical Negligence

Fiona is regularly instructed in noise-induced hearing loss claims (NIHL) and arm-hand vibration syndrome (HAVS). Fiona has a particular interest in psychiatric illness claims which has led to a developing practice in occupational stress claims.

Inquests

Fiona is often instructed to represent families and insurers at coroners’ inquest hearings.

Papers practice

In addition to court work, Fiona drafts pleadings, detailed schedules and counter-schedules of loss, and advises on all levels of personal injury (PI) work.

Approach

Fiona prepares meticulously. She has a down-to-earth approach to clients and solicitors, putting them at ease whilst clearly communicating the issues involved in the case. She is happy to accept instructions via email, and all paperwork is emailed promptly to instructing solicitors.

Lecturing

Fiona is always aware of the latest developments in this area of practice and frequently lectures in a variety of areas of law, including recent developments in credit hire. She is often asked to give CPD-accredited training seminars.

Notable Cases

  • James Carter v. WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc

Detailed, forensic analysis of case law and CPR 45 to determine what constitutes a disease within the meaning of CPR 45. (2015)

  • Christopher Winder v. David Holywell

Claimant was a Protected Party due to sustaining a severe head injury as a result of running out in front of Defendant’s vehicle. Claimant valued General Damages at £1.9 million. Defendant valued General Damages at £1.25 million. Lead by Andrew Lewis QC, acting on behalf of the Defendant, who successfully agreed terms of a settlement on the basis that the Claimant’s claim be dismissed and that the Claimant make a contribution of £50,000 towards the Defendant’s costs. An approval hearing was attended. Despite the Claimant sustaining a severe head injury and the law generally being sympathetic to pedestrians in such cases, a detailed analysis of the complex accident reconstruction evidence lead the Defendant to argue successfully that the Claimant was unlikely to succeed on liability at trial.

  • The Estate of Mr Stanley Pickard (Deceased) v. Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust:

Successfully acted on behalf of the deceased to expose the Defendant to criticism for not stopping anti-coagulant medication due to poor record keeping and for failing to note that he required a walking stick causing him to fall and fracture his hip. This resulted in the Coroner issuing guidance to the Defendant regarding proper record keeping  and caused the Defendant to adopt a new action plan when administering anti-coagulant medication. (2015)

Public Access

Fiona may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Fiona’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

“She is personable, approachable and excellent with clients.” – The Legal 500 (2016)

Fiona Ross has a primarily civil-law background and draws upon her previous work experience in the commercial sector.

She has appeared for claimant or defendant in commercial and contractual disputes, and has experience representing breweries, publicans and individuals in cases concerning breach of covenant, user clauses, purchase ties and refusals to renew tenancies.

Due to Fiona’s experience in arguing technical costs points she is also repeatedly instructed to attend costs case management conferences where she is often successful at significantly reducing the opposition’s budget while maintaining the totals in her own Precedent H.

Property

Fiona has also undertaken work concerning possession actions in respect of private and social housing, acting for local authorities and housing trusts (including mortgage possessions and anti-social behaviour order applications and breaches).

Travel & Foreign

A keen interest in a range of travel and foreign claims has led to a developing practice representing both claimants and defendants in claims:

  • Under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
  • Aboard and concerning planes and other aircraft under the Warsaw Convention and Montreal Convention;
  • Relating to the cancellation of flights, denied boarding and flight delays under the Denied Boarding Regulation (EC 261/2004);
  • Aboard cruise ships and other vessels under the Athens Convention;

Public Access

Fiona may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Fiona’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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