Practice Profile

Fiona is a family law specialist who practices exclusively in financial remedy cases. She is recommended as a Leading Junior in Chambers UK Bar Guide and Legal 500. Fiona lectures for Jordans Family Law in relation to pension issues. She has published works by Sweet and Maxwell, Practical Law and Westlaw. She is co-author of the leading text book in relation to Pension Sharing on Divorce – Pensions and Divorce, a Practitioner’s Handbook, Sweet and Maxwell, 2013, described by Mostyn J as a work “of exceptional clarity of expression”.

 

Fiona was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in January 2013 and is a Recorder on the Midland Circuit.

 

PRACTICE

 

Fiona’s financial remedy practice comprises complex and substantial cases, particularly those involving pensions and family businesses. Fiona is a member of the Chartered Institute of arbitrators and is available for private financial dispute resolution appointments and early neutral evaluations.

 

WHAT THE DIRECTORIES SAY

 

An experienced matrimonial finance practitioner who has particular expertise in cases concerning pension complications. Hay's practice also boasts a strong international element, particularly as regards Part III proceedings. She has been a Recorder on the Midlands Circuit since 2009. "She is very numerate and thinks creatively. She is cool, calm and collected under pressure, and clients find her serene and pragmatic approach reassuring." – Chambers UK Bar 2019 London Family Matrimonial Finance

 

Senior junior who is esteemed for her expertise in financial relief and particularly sought after for her knowledge of cases involving pensions. She has published a popular handbook on the subject. In addition to appearing as an advocate she sits as a Deputy High Court Judge. "Accessible, personable and fiercely intelligent." "She is really experienced and has a tremendous intellect. Her legal knowledge is excellent." "Calm, measured and solution-focused. Judges like her. She is lovely and thoughtful with clients." – Chambers UK Bar 2019 South Eastern

 

"Calm, sensible, pragmatic and empathetic" - Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

 

"A robust litigator who's always well prepared." – Chambers UK Bar 2018

 

An experienced matrimonial finance practitioner who has particular expertise in cases concerning pension complications. She has been a Recorder on the Midlands Circuit since 2009.  – Chambers UK Bar 2018

 

‘A first-class lawyer.’ - Legal 500 UK Bar 2017

 

REPORTED CASES

 

  • M v M [2015] EWFC B63
  • Re F and H (Children: Relocation) [2007] EWCA Civ 692, [2008] Fam Law 848
  • Re M (Adoption or Resident Order) [1998] 1 FLR 570

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Pensions and Equality [2007] Family Law 310. 
  • Pensions on Divorce: A Practitioner’s Handbook, the leading textbook on pensions and divorce, published by Sweet and Maxwell, 2013. 
  • Pension on Divorce -  Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
  • Pensions on Divorce  - Westlaw
  • Capitalising periodical payments; lump sum or pension share? – Sweet and Maxwell White Paper 2013 

 

 

 

 







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