Experience

Fiona is a leading junior for health and safety. She also specialises in inquests, personal injury, credit hire and insurance. She has been recommended in the legal directories for health and safety since 2007. She has particular expertise in long and complex inquests, having acted in the Inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005 and the Lakanal House fire. She has 15 years of experience at the Bar.

Directories

“She shows very good attention to detail.” “She’s got a really nice manner and is good in court.”
Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Chambers and Partners 2017

“has dealt with an array of highly sensitive health and safety cases.”
Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Chambers and Partners 2016

“She works extremely hard and in any given case there isn’t a piece of paper she wouldn’t know.””Her legal submissions are great.”
 Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Chambers and Partners 2015

“Recommended for high-profile inquests.”
 Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Legal 500 2014

“A specialist who is highly regarded for her easy-going and friendly manner, and also her deep knowledge of the law. ‘Extremely good, her strength is her ability to get on with people.’ ‘She knows the law well.’”
Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Chambers and Partners 2014

Education

Manchester University 1996 – 1999
First Class Hons Degree in Law

Professional Memberships

HSLA
PIBA

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work


Attorney General Panel

Appointed to B panel

Connect

INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF MALIKA SAWYER

Acted for a school in the inquest into the death of a pupil who had been found hanging at the school. Conclusion of suicide. Inquest considered communication between the school, CAMHS, social services and the police and concluded that that there had been no causative failings by the organisations involved. Southwark Coroner’s Court. Instructed by Weightmans. February 2016.

INQUEST INTO THE LORD BALLYEDMOND HELICOPTER CRASH

Acted for the AAIB in relation to the death of four men who were killed shortly after the take-off of their helicopter in Norfolk. Issues around disclosure required by the Coroner by a Schedule 5 notice. Jury returned accidental conclusion. Norwich Coroner’s Court. Instructed by GLD. January 2016.

INQUEST INTO THE VAUXHALL HELICOPTER CRASH

Acted for the AAIB. Inquest into the deaths of two men who were killed when, in poor weather conditions, a helicopter struck the jib of a crane attached to a building development. Southwark Coroner’s Court. Instructed by the GLD. November – December 2015.

INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF ANNA MANSFIELD

Acted for Anna’s employer in the inquest into her death after she had been found hanging at home. Employer’s handling of redundancy and resignation explored alongside Anna’s treatment by her GP. Narrative conclusion returned. No contributory failings by her employer or GP identified. Barnet Coroner’s Court. Instructed by Pinsent Masons. December 2015.

Inquest into the death of David Efemena

Fiona Canby was instructed on behalf of the MOD in this inquest in the death of a cadet whilst sleeping out overnight on exercise. Walthamstow Coroners Court. Instructed by GLD. September 2015.

Inquest into the death of Daniel Yeowell

Inquest into death of construction worker who was struck on the head by a concrete slab whilst working on a construction site.  Horsham Coroners Court. Instructed by Pinsent Masons on behalf of the Principal Contractor. May  2015.

HSE v Highways Agency

Acted for the Highways Agency in Crown Censure proceedings following the death of an employee on the M25. Instructed by GLD. January 2015.

S v MOD

Settled this serious spinal injury claim in the sum of £500,000 at a Joint Settlement Meeting. Schedule of Loss pleaded at £890,000. Instructed by Kennedys on behalf of the Defendant. March 2014.

Inquest into the death of Anne-Marie Ellement

Inquest into the death of a Royal Military Police Corporal found hanging at her barracks. Allegations of bullying and overworking explored. Salisbury Coroners Court. Instructed by GLD for a number of service personnel. February 2014.

Gilman v (1) UPS (2) Network Rail [2013] EWHC 2341

Contribution proceedings following vehicle incursion onto the West Coast Main Line. Led by Andrew Prynne QC. Instructed by Keoghs on behalf of the motor insurers. July 2013.

Lakanal House Fire Inquest

Fire at high rise block of flats in Camberwell caused the deaths of six people. Building Regulations in relation to fire safety and high rise structures were explored. The Inquest was heard at Inner South London Coroners Court – HHJ Frances Kirkham. Cathryn McGahey represented The Department for Communities and Local Government, and The Chief Fire Officer. Fiona Canby was instructed by SGH Martineau. January – March 2013. The Inquest took place from January to March 2013.

R v Amey and Others

Acted on behalf of Amey Rail in the s3 HSWA prosecuting arising out of the Southall East derailment. Central Criminal Court. Led by Ian Burnett QC. Instructed by Nabarro Nathanson.

R v Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure Services Ltd [2007] 1 Cr App R (S) 65

Acted on behalf of Balfour Beatty in their successful appeal against sentence in respect of the Hatfield Train Crash. Led by Jonathan Caplan QC and Gerard Forlin. Instructed by Fisher Scoggins

R v Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure Services Ltd

Acted on behalf of Balfour Beatty in the prosecution arising out of the Hatfield Train Crash. Section 3 HSWA and corporate manslaughter. Central Criminal Court. Led by Ronald Thwaites QC, Anthony Seys-Llewellyn QC, James Ageros. Instructed by Fisher Scoggins

Prosecuting and Defending Health and Safety Cases

30th April 2007

Co-author of book written with the intention of highlighting the various areas of law associated with prosecuting and defending health and safety cases