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Fiona Butler

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Government, Regulatory and Advocacy


A barrister of 16 years call and partner with the firm, Fiona is one of Browne Jacobson's leading trial advocates, experienced in representing the interests of our clients at all levels of Court hearing up to the Court of Appeal and high media profile, complex cases.  Fiona heads Browne Jacobson’s team of barristers and advocates and has a number of regulatory/professional disciplinary clients.            

Most notably recognised for her national inquest experience, Fiona acts for a number of the firm’s key clients across the sectors, whether representing health and social care clients at inquests or during litigated claims; professional regulatory clients at disciplinary hearings or advising and appearing on behalf of insurers and local authorities. Clients benefit from her straightforward and approachable demeanour and her ability to get to the heart of the issue.

Appointed as a Legal Advisor to the Professional Conduct Committee for the Chartered Institute of Building, Fiona is also client partner for the National College for Teaching and Leadership (previously the General Teaching Council for England); where she was successfully reappointed to Panel in 2013 and leads a team of over 10 lawyers who deal with both investigating potential unacceptable professional conduct and presenting cases before a Professional Conduct Panel.  The team has handled over 500 cases for the NCTL since reappointment. She has been recently appointed to lead a team that conducts disciplinary investigations on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors into potential breaches of professional standards and is currently handling over 105 live instructions for that client.  In addition Fiona represents the Security Industry Authority for whom we commissioned a review of their regulations and sufficiency of primary and secondary legislation, and represent their interests at inquest.

Fiona also acts for NHS England on Performers List Disciplinary matters where she advises NHS England and the local area teams on the interpretation of the regulations and represents their interests before Panels.

Fiona  is a registered pupil supervisor with the Bar Standards Board and having pioneered the way for Browne Jacobson to become an approved Pupillage Training Organisation in 2012 she has since that time successfully trained three barristers, who remain with the firm.


  • KCH Barristers


  • Lincoln’s Inn - member
  • General Council for the Bar of England & Wales
  • Employed Barristers Committee for the General Council of the Bar


  • called to the Bar – July 1999
  • Bar Vocational Diploma
  • LLB (Hons)

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Browne Jacobson LLP 'has a very distinguished, and highly capable set of professional discipline practitioners'. The practice is the sole legal provider to the Teaching Regulation Agency; it also regularly advises NHS England on regulatory matters relating to the Performers Lists (PL) and has conducted a number of PL matters that have been before the First Tier or Upper Tribunals. It acted for the National College for Teaching and Leadership in the prosecution of a teacher for making homophobic remarks in front of a number of vulnerable pupils. Nottingham-based Fiona Butler is lead partner for a number of the firm’s professional disciplinary clients; Ros Foster in London has substantial experience in the disciplinary sphere; and barrister Ben Bentley is 'a class act who is wise beyond his years and who has an easy and natural manner in and out of the hearing room that ensures good relationships, while trust is built with defence teams and panels alike'. The associates to note are Louisa Atkin, who is 'an outstanding, balanced lawyer', the 'very experienced and safe pair of hands' Ian Perkins, and Samantha Paxman. Gerard Hanratty joined in Manchester from Capsticks LLP.

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