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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. 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

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