Fiona Edington

Year of Call: 1998

Areas of Practice:

• Crime
• Courts Martial
• Family
• Family Mediation
• Direct Public Access
• Public & Human Rights

Education:

• Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: M.A
• Queen's University, Belfast: MSSc
• Inns of Court School of Law/City University Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Research
• Middle Temple Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitor
• Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholar
• Middle Temple Benefactors Scholar
• Lucy Cavendish College Emmeline Pankhurst Prize
• Lucy Cavendish College Harris Blues Prize

Experience:

Crime:

Regular appearance in courts martial and crown court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Court Martial Appeal Court; appeared as junior and led junior.

Sample cases: R v H (2011) Catterick Court Martial Centre fraud;

R v L (2010) Central Criminal Court, attempted murder unfit to plead; hospital orders and restricted orders;

R v P (2009) Catterick Court Martial Centre, defence of juvenile accused of rape allegations

R v S (2006-7) Bulford Court Martial Centre, led junior, defence of serving solider arising out of death of an Iraqi civilian and ill-treatment of others in Basra in September 2003;

R v R (2007) Manchester, led junior, defence of Afghan asylum seeker murder trial

R v H (2007) Birmingham Crown Court, led junior, defence of long term prisoner for allegations of murder in 1961 prior to conviction of present offence of murder in 1967;

R v T (2007-8) Snaresbrook and Woolwich Crown Court, multiple armed robberies;

R v K (2007) Canterbury Crown Court, trial involving member of Mormon Church accused of child cruelty;

R v W (2005) Aldergrove Court Martial Centre, allegation of gross negligence manslaughter arising from military diving incident in Germany

Reported Cases:

R v B (2011) EWCA Crim 46, CMAC, acting for appellant appealing sentence of dismissal from the Army sentence quashed

R v I (2010) EWCA Crim 1645 CMAC, acting for appellant appealing sentence of dismissal from the Army;

R v L (2008) EWCA Crim 989 CA (Criminal Division) concerning dangerous provisions in making and possession indecent images of children. Sentence of imprisonment for public protection quashed and replaced with determinate custodial sentences and sexual offences order;

R v S (2005) EWCA 2040 CMAC, acting for appellant concerning the power of the Commanding Officer under the Air Force Act 1955 on an election for trial by district court martial.

Family:

Regular appearances in High Court, County Courts and PRFD - private and public law Children Act matters representing parents, Children’s Guardian and local authorities; financial proceedings (matrimonial, Schedule 1 CA 1989 applications and Trusts of Land claims) along with removal from the jurisdiction matters and Hague Convention and Brussels 11 hearings; ancillary orders required from Queen’s Bench Division.

H (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 714 - CA 3rd May 2012
Appeal in private law children proceedings concerning, amongst other matters, discussions taking place between counsel and the judge. Appeal dismissed. For the Respondent Mother.

Human Rights:

Baines v Army Prosecuting Authority (the Ministry of Defence Intervening) (2005) EWHC 1339 (Admin), (2005) NLJ 1207, High Court. Acting for a solider challenging the Article 6 compatibility of summary dealing under the terms of the Army Act 1955;

Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Ltd & Othrs v Hogan & Othrs (2004) Ch Div BLD 0710044109 contempt of court criminal standard in civil proceedings

Coroners Inquests – City of Westminster (2007) representing serving soldiers in coroner’s inquest arising out of a death in a military diving incident; advisory work to families whose children died at Deepcut Barracks

Regulatory – advise and appear in various Regulatory Tribunals including military AGAI 67 actions; Army Board appearances; professional disciplinary tribunals including SRA; appeals against removal or refusal of licences

Public Inquiries – has recently represented core participants at the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry under the Chairmanship of Sir William Gage which reported in September 2011.

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Resolution trained Collaborative lawyer; FMA trained Family Mediator

Memberships:

• Criminal Bar Association
• Family Law Bar Association
• Association of Woman Barristers
• Affiliate Member of Resolution
• Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer
• Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR Exchange)
• Mediation training with ADRg/Family Mediation Association (FMA) in Spring 2011