Fiona Griffin > Chambers of George Coates > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers

Work Department



  • Fiona has considerable experience representing parents, grandparents, guardians and local authorities in care and adoption proceedings within the Family Proceedings Court and the County Court.
  • She frequently conducts complex finding of fact hearings including cases where allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse and the administration of drugs to a child have been sought. She has particular expertise in analysing complex expert reports and dealing with parents with learning disabilities.
  • Fiona is instructed extensively on private law Children Act cases often involving intractable contact disputes, domestic violence intervention, psychological and psychiatric reports and more recently the enforcement of contact orders. She is experienced in conducting leave to remove applications.
  • Her practice also includes advising and advocacy in all areas of matrimonial finance including advising and acting in Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 cases. To reflect the economic climate she has experience in cases involving bankruptcy, interveners and the dissipation of assets.
  • Fiona undertakes the full range of family law injunctions both in relation to Non Molestation and Occupation Orders.


Called 2003; Gray’s Inn.


Family Law Bar Association; Lawyers Christian Fellowship; treasurer of the Guildford and Surrey FLBA Region.


Keele University (LLM Child Law); Cardiff University (Bar Vocational Course); University of Wales, Aberystwyth (LLB Law (Hons)).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)) Ranked: Tier 2

Fiona GriffinGuildford ChambersShe gives down-to-earth advice and is good with the clients, putting them at their ease.

Guildford Chambersis a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield’. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are ‘all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients‘, with Coates ‘a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers‘.