Fiona Apthorpe > Geldards LLP > Derby, England > Lawyer Profile

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Fiona is a Partner and heads Geldards’ Family team across the four Geldards’ offices. She is an experienced specialist family lawyer, Family Mediator, Family Arbitrator, Private Financial Dispute Resolution Judge, Collaborative Family Lawyer and experienced Deputy District Judge/Specialist Financial Remedies Judge.

Fiona is the only Chambers Band 1 ranked family lawyer in the Derby area and is recognised as one of the top three leading family lawyers in the East Midlands by the Legal 500.

Fiona specialises in more complex medium to high net worth financial cases (particularly those involving businesses, inherited assets, farms and family-owned or controlled assets/Trusts), wealth protection, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and same-sex marriage/civil partnership breakdowns.

Fiona’s extensive experience and reputation in financial remedy cases have attracted instructions from many wealthy businessmen and women and high net worth individuals including the Trustees of Family Trusts, sports managers, footballers and an MP.

She negotiates multi-million-pound complex financial settlements and is regularly instructed by affluent London clients at the recommendation of their barristers.

Her firm but fair, pragmatic and determined yet respectful approach has led to instructions on several occasions from parties whom she acted against in their first divorce!

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

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‘Highly experienced and knowledgeable at all levels’, Geldards LLP ‘is very well-respected not just in the Midlands but across the country’. National practice chair, Fiona Apthorpe, is a heavyweight in complex medium to high net worth financial cases, pre-nuptial deeds and same sex marriage/civil partnership breakdowns. Claire Dean is a ‘powerful advocate and a talented lawyer’ who leads the private children practice. Jane Cowley is another integral member of the team, as is senior associate Natalie Haydon-Yeung, particularly for children and financial remedy cases.