Baroness Fiona Shackleton > Payne Hicks Beach LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Fiona advises high profile private individuals in relation to complex and confidential divorce proceedings, many of them with an international element.

Fiona has earned a variety of accolades and is regularly named amongst the top legal names in the country. She was appointed to the rank of LVO in the New Year’s Honours List 2006, given an honorary doctorate by Exeter University in 2010 and made a Life Peer that year. In 2019 Fiona was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Legal Services prize at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019.

Fiona has used the knowledge garnered from 40 years in the profession to do a research project in human relationships “The Shackleton Project” with a view to educating people in making the right decision for marriage.

Fiona is co-author of ‘The Divorce Handbook’.


Qualified: 1980.  Brecher & Co 1982-84.  Farrer & Co 1984-2000.  Payne Hicks Beach since 2001 as a partner.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

(Hall of Fame)

Baroness Fiona ShackletonPayne Hicks Beach LLP

The strength and prestige of the Payne Hicks Beach LLP team is peerless’. It is led by Rebecca Cockcroft, whose ‘forensic approach to cases is extremely effective, and she always goes the extra mile for clients’. The lawyers are at the ‘top of their game’ with ‘strength and depth across the board and are involved in some of the biggest cases’. Baroness Fiona Shackleton is praised for her ‘extraordinary judgment and tactical acumen’ and has been described as ‘the doyenne of ultra-high-net-worth financial remedies work’. The practice is highly regarded for its considerable expertise in handling both high-net-worth financial remedies and children law matters, and the group is frequently instructed in high-profile cases that appear in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Philip McGuirk has a busy practice in post and pre-nuptial agreements, which often involve a cross-jurisdictional element. Ben Parry-Smith covers all aspects of financial remedy work, while Sarah Williams is the head of the modern family law practice and Simon Beccle has extensive experience of dealing with complex financial cases. Other highly regarded members of the department include Matthew Booth, Nick Manners, Katie Parkes, and Catherine Costley. Joshua Moger was recently promoted to the partnership, and senior associate Amy Barrow joined the practice from Dawson Cornwell LLP in April 2023.