Experience

Fiona is a leading junior for inquests and inquiries and health and safety. She was shortlisted for Chambers and Partners’ Health and Safety Junior of the Year 2019. She has been recommended in the legal directories for health and safety since 2007. She is also recommended for her work in inquests and inquiries. This year she has appeared in the Sandilands Inquests, following the overturning of a tram in Croydon. She has also been instructed in inquests which have considered “Covid-secure” measures in the workplace and the impact of lockdown on mental health. She has over 20 years of experience at the Bar.

Directories

“Brings to bear an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and procedure, but able to explain this to clients at all levels – very thorough and highly professional. A go-to person for complex and high-profile inquests, clients are always impressed with Fiona – definitely a silk in the making.”
Leading Junior for Inquests and Inquiries, Legal 500 2022

“Fiona has an excellent level of knowledge of this practice area coupled with highly professional service delivered in a friendly manner. One of the leaders in this field at this level and rightly instructed in the most important cases.”
Leading Junior for Heath and Safety, Legal 500 2022

“An all-round excellent advocate. She’s an impressive junior and a great person to work with.” “She’s amazing – technically very proficient and a detailed advocate.”
Leading Junior for Health and Safety, Chambers and Partners 2021

“She’s very clear and responsive, and is good at seeing the bigger picture. She does some sensitive inquests and understands how difficult cases are run.”
“Highly experienced, very good on her feet and is appearing in a lot of the higher-profile cases.”
Leading Junior for Inquests and Public Inquiries, Chambers and Partners 2021

Education

Manchester University 1996 – 1999
First Class Hons Degree in Law

Professional Memberships

HSLA
PIBA

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Connect

Inquest into the death of Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah

This inquest was the first to record air pollution as a medical cause of death. Ella, who suffered from asthma, died in February 2013 at the age of 9 of acute respiratory failure. The inquest considered issues including how air pollution levels were monitored at the time; the steps taken to reduce air pollution and the information provided to the public about the level of air pollution, its dangers and ways to reduce exposure.

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CROYDON TRAM INQUEST

Fiona, led by Keith Morton QC, represented Transport for London at the inquests into the deaths of the seven people killed in the Croydon Tram crash at Sandilands on 9 November 2016. The inquests were held over 10 weeks.

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Inquest into the death of Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah

This inquest was the first to record air pollution as a medical cause of death. Ella, who suffered from asthma, died in February 2013 at the age of 9 of acute respiratory failure. The inquest considered issues including how air pollution levels were monitored at the time; the steps taken to reduce air pollution and the information provided to the public about the level of air pollution, its dangers and ways to reduce exposure.

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London Bridge and Borough Market Inquests

Acted for Transport for London in the Inquests arising from the deaths in the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack on 3 June 2017. Consideration of issues including physical protective security measures and guidance in relation to crowded places. Instructed by TfL Legal. Before the Chief Coroner, sitting at the Central Criminal Court. May to June 2019.


Westminster Bridge Inquests

Acted for TfL in the Inquests arising from the deaths in the Westminster terror attack of 22 March 2017. Consideration of issues relating to protective security measures and crowded places guidance. Instructed by TfL Legal. Before the Chief Coroner, sitting at the Central Criminal Court. September  to October 2018.


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.


Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Fiona Canby appeared for the IPCC at two preliminary hearings held by IICSA in relation to allegations of child sexual abuse involving Lord Greville Janner. The hearings took place at the RCJ before Hon Dame Lowell Goddard. March and July 2016.


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. Fiona Canby acted for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.


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


TGC Inquests and Inquiries Newsletter

18th March 2021

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the TGC Inquests and Inquiries newsletter, a twice-yearly publication containing articles on recent key legal developments in these fields, as well as a selection of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.


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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


Croydon Tram Inquest

22nd July 2021

The inquests into the deaths of seven people killed in the Croydon Tram crash at Sandilands on 9 November 2016 concluded today after a hearing lasting 10 weeks. The jury returned a unanimous conclusion of Accidental death together with a narrative.

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Sandilands Inquests

17th May 2021

The Sandilands Inquests have started today at Croydon Town Hall. Keith Morton QC and Fiona Canby are acting for Transport for London.

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Air Pollution Inquest

30th November 2020

Fiona Canby is representing the Mayor of London and Transport for London at the Inquest into the death of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah starting today at London Inner South Coroner’s Court. Ella died aged 9 in 2013.

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PIR in Air Pollution Inquest

17th December 2019

Fiona Canby represented the Mayor of London and Transport for London today at a Pre-Inquest Review in the fresh inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah at Inner South London Coroners’ Court. Ella died from asthma aged 9.

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Chambers Bar Awards 2019

5th September 2019

TGC are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for the following categories at this year’s forthcoming Chambers Bar Awards:

 

Personal Injury:  
Set of the Year
Junior of the Year –  James Arney

 

Health and Safety:
Junior of the Year –  Fiona Canby

 

Many congratulations to James and Fiona for all their hard work, and well done to all in the PI team who have all contributed to this nomination.

 

The award ceremony will take place on 31 October 2019.


London Bridge Inquests

8th May 2019

The inquests arising from the deaths in the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack on 3 June 2017 started yesterday in front of the Chief Coroner, His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft QC in Court 1 at the Central Criminal Court.

Dominic Adamson, David White, Piers Taylor and Ellen Robertson are instructed by Patrick Maguire of Slater and Gordon on behalf of the family of Xavier Thomas.

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Third Pre-Inquest Hearing in London Bridge Inquests

11th January 2019

The third Pre-Inquest Hearing took place today in the Inquests arising from the deaths in the London Bridge/Borough Market terror attack of 3 June 2017. Dominic Adamson (instructed by Patrick Maguire of Slater and Gordon) appeared on behalf of the family of Xavier Thomas. Fiona Canby (instructed by TfL Legal) appeared on behalf of Transport for London.

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TEMPLE GARDEN CHAMBERS is a market leading set with recognised excellence in a myriad of practice areas with awarded leaders in twelve specialist areas. TGC has the privilege of being well placed in the Temple and The Hague with superb facilities.

Currently consisting of 17 silks and 60 juniors with outstanding leadership and a long established clerking team acknowledged for their exceptional client services and business development, we are keen to expand upon our key areas.

To accommodate the growth in our core practice areas we are inviting applications from established practitioners and/or teams to further enhance our excellent reputation in the following fields:

• Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
• Inquests & Inquiries
• Health & Safety
• Costs & Litigation Funding

TGC is widely recognised for its friendly ethos and its commitment to Equality & Diversity and Wellbeing. We are especially keen to encourage applications from underrepresented groups at the bar – women, people with disabilities, those from ethnic minority groups and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence and should be addressed to the Head of Chambers, Keith Morton QC kmorton@tgchamber.com

In advance of any formal application both Keith Morton QC and Dean Norton (Senior Clerk) would be delighted to have a confidential discussion. To arrange a meeting please contact Dean on 020 7842 8641 or dnorton@tgchambers.com