About Fiona McAddy
Called in 2011
Fiona became a Member of Church Court Chambers following successful completion of pupilage. She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice and has a particular interest in criminal and family law.
Fiona has defended in a broad spectrum of offences before the Crown Court and maintains an interest in cases involving offences of serious violence or fraud. She has a particular interest in the potential legal complexities involved in indictments alleging conspiracy, and takes pride in her reputation for competence and efficiency.
Fiona has been led in factually complex and paper heavy matters involving conspiracy to acquire criminal property and to facilitate sham marriages. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal in relation to the length of sentence and application of dangerousness provisions following conviction for rape.
Fiona accepts instructions to prosecute, both on behalf of the Crown and other organisations.
Fiona also accepts instructions to appear before the military Courts Martial and has written and lectured on this subject.
In family law, Fiona accepts instructions in private and public law Children Act matters. Fiona has accepted instructions in fact finding hearings involving allegations of serious criminal conduct including rape and attempted suffocation.
Prior to commencing pupilage, Fiona was employed as a fee earner at a leading South London family law firm where she was involved in a number of high profile cases under the 1980 Hague Convention, Brussels II (revised), the Forced Marriage Act and Wardship proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction. Fiona was also involved in a number of public law cases involving serious non accidental injuries and international elements which triggered the applicable provisions under Brussels II (revised).
(2016) “The Modern Conspiracy – The Problem with Persons Unknown” – co-authored with Colin Witcher
(2016) “Shaken Baby Syndrome – The Development of Expert Evidence” – co-authored with Jo Morris
(2016) “Courts Martial and the Human Rights Act” – co-authored with Jo Morris
(2016) “Shaken Baby Syndrome – Practical Considerations” co-authored with Jo Morris and published by Crimeline
(2016) “Coercive Control” – co-authored with Jo Morris and published by Crimeline
Criminal Bar Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit
AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS
Inner Temple Exhibition Award 2010
Treasury Solicitor BB Scheme
(2016) “The Military Court Martial – An Outline of Military Jurisdiction” – Chambers Lecture Series.
(2016) “Shaken Baby Syndrome” – Chambers Lecture Series
R v MS (Isleworth Crown Court)  – Defendant unanimously acquitted of attempted s.18 GBH. The Crown alleged that he had deliberately driven his car at his ex partner’s new boyfriend on an empty road. The jury accepted that it had been an accident.
R v MC (Harrow Crown Court)  – Defendant acquitted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
R v OV & Ors (Huntingdon Crown Court)  – Led junior in case involving conspiracy to acquire criminal property. Case was noteworthy for its factual complexity.
EW v R (Court of Appeal, Criminal Division) . Successful appeal against 12 year custodial term for rape. Reduced to 8 years and 6 months.
R v KM (Chelmsford Youth Court) (2015) – Successful prosecution of a youth under s.16A Firearms Act 1968 arising out of an incident where a 15 year old with severe learning difficulties had been threatened with a firearm in a car park.
W v W (Central Family Court)  – Proceedings involving residence, contact, a previous abduction of one of the children, and a potential future abduction.
RA v SS  – Fact finding hearing involving 11 allegations of rape, allegations of assault and suffocation of a child.
Instructed by the Treasury Solicitor’s Department on large scale, ongoing litigation as part of the BB scheme.