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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 3978
DX:
298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Fiona Paterson

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Work Department

Medical negligence and medical regulatory. Inquests.

Position

Before coming to the Bar, Fiona practised for nine years as a solicitor in Scotland, advising in all aspects of medical and regulatory law. She initially acted for claimants and latterly for defendants through the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. Since coming to the Bar, she has continued to develop her interest in medical law, representing both claimants and defendants. As a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel, she has represented the Ministry of Defence in relation to claims brought by former soldiers for alleged psychiatric negligence, following exposure to trauma in combat. She has also advised the Ministry of Justice on claims arising from prison healthcare. Fiona also regularly acts for the families of those who have died in custody, both at inquests and ensuing judicial reviews. She appeared as the appellant’s junior counsel before the Court of Appeal in (R (on the application of P) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon [2009] Civ 1367). Her advocacy has extended into the regulatory forum. She appears regularly before the GMC, GDC, NMC and HPC. Fiona recently appeared as junior counsel for the appellant in the first appeal from the GMC to the Northern Irish High Court (Casey v GMC [2011] NIQB 95). Fiona is also a CEDR accredited mediator who has mediated a wide variety of disputes both as a lead and assistant mediator.

Career

Called 2003; Middle Temple Inn. Solicitor (litigation) Scotland, 1994-2003. CEDR (research assistant), May-September 2003. Pupillage, 2003-04. Tenancy 2004 to date.

Languages

Spanish (conversational).

Member

APIL, AVMA, Justis.

Education

Westbourne School for Girls. Edinburgh University (LLB; LDip).


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Fiona Paterson - 39 Essex Chambers ‘Takes on a range of challenges particularly in the healthcare field.’

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Fiona Paterson - 39 Essex Chambers ‘Recommended for complicated medical cases.’

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