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:

Freelance lecturer/examiner on the BPTC (BPP College of Professional Studies, Leeds) since 2005 Accredited to teach advocacy by the IATC since 2005.

2005-2009 - Management Board Member. Sovereign Chambers

Memberships:

Personal Injury Bar Association (since 2004)

Northern Ballet Parents' Association

Awards:

2005 - North Eastern Circuit Louise Godfrey QC moot finalist

2003 - Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

1999 - Mountbatten Scholarship

Languages:

French

Ranked in The Legal 500 (2021) for Personal Injury.

“Approachable and thorough, with a great depth of knowledge.” – The Legal 500 (2021)

“Approachable and thorough, with a great depth of knowledge.” – The Legal 500 (2020)

“Highly recommended for personal injury matters.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

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

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

Fiona 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 and travel fraud claims.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

  • RK v. JM (1) and Liverpool Victoria – Leading case where Fiona successfully represented the Defendant insurer in gaining a finding of fundamental dishonesty and exaggerated injuries despite there being a genuine injury.
  • MC v. LM – Successfully represented the Defendant in running a test case in relation to concerns over fraudulent expert reports forming part of a fraud ring.
  • AP v. EUI – 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.
  • Smith v Burney (Reported decision) – Successful appeal on admissibility of internet spot-hire rates.
  • AS v Aviva – Multi track fraud finding of fundamental dishonesty.

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

Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

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