Experience

Fiona is a leading junior for health and safety. She also specialises in inquests, inquiries and personal injury. 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 16 years of experience at the Bar.

Directories

“She is an impressive operator who knows her law and is very well prepared.”
Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Chambers and Partners 2018

“A robust cross-examiner, who is incredibly industrious and has a good grasp of detail.”
Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Legal 500 2017

“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

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 BERNARD OVU

Acted for TfL in this inquest into the death of a man who had fallen down emergency exit stairs at Canning Town station. Consideration of issues relating to lone working staff and action to be taken when trespassers access non-public areas, beyond emergency gates. Instructed by TfL Legal. Walthamstow Coroner’s Court. November 2017.

INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF SARAH REED

Acted for the MOJ in this 12-day inquest into the death of Sarah Reed at HMP Holloway. Consideration of issues relating to obtaining fitness to plead reports, ACCT reviews and observations, CPA meetings and the cancellation of prison visits. Instructed by GLD. Before HH Sir Peter Thornton QC, City of London Coroner’s Court. July 2017.

Inquest into the death of Raymond Reilly

Instructed by the  MOJ in this 7-day inquest into a death at HMP Elmley. Consideration of issues relating to suicide and self harm; segregation and in-reach referral. Argument as to the application of Tainton.  Maidstone Coroner’s Court. September 2016. Instructed by GLD.

Inquest into the death of Gladys Jones

Acting for the facilities managers in this 10-day inquest into a death at a hospital. Consideration of issues relating to the management of legionella and responsibilities of different organisations on site. In-depth questioning of the legionella expert instructed by the Coroner. Southwark Coroner’s Court. July 2016. Instructed by OAH.

Inquest into the death of Krysztof Woskowiak

Instructed by the MOJ in this 4-day inquest into a death at HMP Bullingdon. Consideration of issues relating to suicide and self harm and the treatment of foreign nationals. Also instructed in related Article 2 proceedings. Oxford Coroner’s Court. June 2016. Instructed by GLD

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 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 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