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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Fiona Lamb 2010

Fiona Lamb

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Fiona completed a reduced pupillage at Farringdon Chambers in London under the supervision of Ian Henderson. Fiona began tenancy after only 9 months of pupillage. She joined New Park Court Chambers in February 2016 after 16 months of practice on the South Eastern Circuit.

Fiona stays on as a door tenant with Farringdon Chambers and continues to receive instructions.

Fiona’s specialism and passion is criminal defence. She has been instructed in a variety of matters in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. Fiona also has experience of being led during two lengthy fraud trials.

Fiona accepts instructions in all civil matters in the County Court including Advices on Quantum.

Fiona is licenced to accept Direct Access work.

Fiona has completed the Vulnerable Witness Training.

TESTIMONIALS

“She is plainly a fighter”

“Fiona is particularly adept at dealing with difficult clients with mental health difficulties, she is well liked by clients and is very much at ease with vulnerable clients”

“Fiona gives every case her full attention and she has established herself as very reliable Counsel… she is incredibly hardworking”

“Fiona was instructed as a noting junior in a very serious and complex conspiracy and I was highly impressed with her professional integrity, hard work ethic and high standards for client service”

“Fiona’s warmth and personable qualities to me before and after the case were very much appreciated. Fiona is a proficient and very effective barrister” – Client following acquittal, Newcastle Crown Court, August 2016

“Fiona’s guidance, advice, belief in me and reassurance over the last 12 months has been a pillar of hope for me throughout this ordeal. It fills me with relief that there is still a barrister who actually cares about people’s freedom and wellbeing. Fiona’s sincerity, honesty, knowledge of the law and tenacity will take her far. Fiona has done more for me off her own back than anyone ever has, and for that, I am forever grateful” Client after conviction following a Direct Access, pro-bono appeal against conviction for a sexual assault, Newcastle Crown Court, March 2017

NOTABLE CASES

~ VIOLENCE ~

R v MN (Newcastle Crown Court) – Unanimous acquittal on counts of false imprisonment, ABH, common assault and affray. Trial lasted 3 days and involved the cross-examination of five prosecution witnesses.

R v TI (Newcastle Crown Court) – Instructed in a 7 day dwelling robbery involving the theft of almost £6,000 described as an “inside job”. The case involved cell site analysis, a vast amount of telecommunications, identification, medical evidence, Facebook posts, enquiries into their validity and the exclusion of some members of the public from the court building for the duration of the trial. Following both Defendants’ convictions the Judge commended Fiona on her conduct throughout the trial and the quality of her closing speech. TI was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. Case reported in the national media.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/men-jailed-for-13-years-each-after-violent-robbery-on-businessman-at-his-own-home-1-8569698

R v NW (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Unanimously acquitted on both counts of ABH and common assault against two youths. Allegation was that NW had head-butted one male and punched another four times to the face in an unprovoked attack. Head-butt resulted in the loss of two front teeth. Identification was not an issue. Fiona quoted the song by Shaggy, ‘It Wasn’t Me’ during her closing speech. Jury took 15 minutes to return a verdict of not guilty.

R v JB (Bradford Crown Court) – First on the indictment in a two-handed racially aggravated GBH. Trial lasted 4 days. IP suffered “life changing injuries” in what the Judge described as a “sustained and racist attack”. JB was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.

R v SW (Durham Crown Court) – Represented SW for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence which carries a minimum sentence of 5 years. Persuaded the Crown to accept a plea to affray on the morning of trial and SW was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

R v BM (Newcastle Crown Court) – Represented a client charged with s.18 following a serious stabbing at a block of flats in Whitley Bay. BM pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of s.20. A lengthy Basis of Plea was submitted. BM was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

R v JF (Carlisle Crown Court) – Instructed to represent JF in relation to an offence of ABH during a domestic violence incident. Case involved legal argument in relation to third party confessions and hearsay evidence involving Facebook messages. Fiona was praised by both the Judge and the Prosecutor for exercising “exceptional judgment and skill” in relation to a “very complex case”. Case reported in the national media.

http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/latest/Thug-attacked-ex-after-she-called-him-by-another-mans-name-86b03af8-e352-41c9-bdac-a22a1ff9c7bf-ds

R v BG (Camberwell Green Youth Court) – Acquitted of GBH resulting in a broken eye socket. BG forwarded pre-emptive self-defence along with his co-defendant.

R v PS (Central Criminal Court) – Instructed in a 3 day ABH trial involving pre-emptive self-defence.

R v MH (Camberwell Green Youth Court) – Involved cross-examination of a 15 year old witness. Despite numerous previous convictions for robbery being before the District Judge and the fact that MH was picked out on an I.D. parade, MH was acquitted of a single count of robbery.

R v SC (Romford Magistrates Court) – Secured an acquittal on all three counts relating to a domestic incident involving multiple family members who all gave evidence against SC.

R v BR (Wimbledon Magistrates Court) – Secured an acquittal for possession of a knife. Persuaded the Crown to reduce their case down to admissions only with the whole trial lasting under fifteen minutes.

R v TG & Others (Maidstone Crown Court) – During her pupillage Fiona assisted Ian Henderson during a multi-handed murder/section 18 involving four Lithuanian nationals. Fiona was involved in note taking which amounted to over 315,000 words arising out of three months in trial which was provided to all Counsel. Fiona played an active part in reading and summarising all of the used and unused material, assisting in the preparation of complex Routes to Verdict and the digesting and simplifying of previous convictions relating to offences in Lithuania. Case reported in the national media.

 

~ SEXUAL OFFENCES ~

R v GM (Newcastle Crown Court) – Secured a unanimous acquittal on both counts of an alleged sexual assault by an uncle on his 11 year old niece.

R v AF (Teesside Crown Court) – Secured an acquittal at appeal of a 12 year old girl accused of assault by penetration of an 8 year old close family friend.

R v JR (Newcastle Crown Court) – Represented JR at sentence for making indecent images of children. JR was sentenced to a 3 year Community Order with requirements. Case reported in the national media.

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/south-shields-teenager-stockpiled-images-of-sickening-attacks-on-youngsters-1-8601089

R v PP (Newcastle Crown Court) – Represented PP at sentence for the grooming of a “12 year old” girl in a Guardians of the North case. PP was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

R v PR (Sunderland Youth Court) – Represented a 16 year old male at trial for the attempted rape of a 20 year old male with learning difficulties. Sentenced to an 18 month YRO.

R v MM (Isleworth Crown Court) – Instructed from the outset to represent MM in relation to multiple allegations of making indecent images of children, the majority of those being Category A. This was the second time that MM had been before the courts for such matters. The Judge praised Fiona over her handling of both MM and the case.

R v RE (Newcastle Crown Court) – Represented RE at his appeal of both conviction and sentence in relation to a sexual assault. Fiona represented RE without a solicitor and agreed to work on a pro-bono basis. The sentence was ultimately halved and the Judge commended Fiona on her willingness to act for free to ensure RE got a fair trial.

~ FRAUD ~

R v NS (Newcastle Crown Court) – Benefit fraud, unanimously acquitted.

R v JM (Teesside Crown Court) – Secured a Suspended Sentence Order for JM who pleaded guilty to committing fraud to the value of £13,000 through false eBay sales. The fraud was committed on an international scale involving Losers from New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

R v PK & Others (Blackfriars Crown Court) – Led by Bill Ryan in a multimillion pound cross-jurisdictional fraud involving stolen mobile telephones. Involved approximately 60,000 pages and thousands of hours of undercover surveillance footage. Trial lasted 5 weeks. Fiona represented client at sentence. Case reported in the national media.

R v BC & Others (Southwark Crown Court) – Led by Martin McCarthy in a ‘boiler room’ fraud. Secured acquittal on a single count of conspiracy to defraud after 7 weeks in trial. The case concerned the overpricing and selling of coloured diamonds to vulnerable investors, amounting to profits for the fraudsters in the region of £1.5m. Case reported in the national media.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11638778/Diamond-fraudsters-fail-jail-for-1.5m-family-scam.html

~ DISHONESTY ~

R v DS & Others (Isleworth Crown Court) – First on the indictment and secured the only acquittal in a four-handed theft and handling stolen goods case. The stolen goods were found in his house.

R v FB (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – Secured an acquittal in a two-handed burglary trial after a successful half time submission.

~ OTHER ~

R v KS (Newcastle Crown Court) – Represented a client charged with burglary after he forced entry into his ex-partner’s house and damaged items within after she exposed their affair to his partner on Christmas Day. Case reported in the national media.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4433030/Married-man-37-trashed-home-Avon-rep-mistres.html

R v TD (Newcastle Crown Court) – Represented TD who entered two guilty pleas to cultivation of cannabis. Following unnecessary delays an abuse of argument was made on behalf of TD. The argument was successful, the indictment was stayed and the case dismissed.

R v SS & Others (Central Criminal Court) – Instructed to represent the interests of SS within the role of a Noting Junior during an 8 week misconduct in public office trial. Notes amounted to over 245,000 words and were provided as a transcript to all Counsel. Case reported in the national media.

R v DT and R v SL (Newcastle Crown Court) – On the morning of two trials in a row the Crown were persuaded to offer no evidence despite both Crown witnesses attending. Both clients in both trials had not guilty verdicts recorded.

R v CF (Teesside Magistrates Court) – Represented a man charged with intimidation under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. After submitting a lengthy skeleton argument and following legal argument the Crown was forced to offer no evidence. Enquiries subsequently undertaken in relation to a malicious prosecution argument.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

County Court Advocate, LPC Law Ltd (2012 – 2014)

Mitigation Specialist / Investigator, Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office (2012)

Legal Consultant specialising in Diminution claims, Clifford James Consultants (2011)

Gateway Assessor and General Advisor, Citizens Advice Bureau (2008 – 2011)

Caseworker on a Criminal Appeal, The Innocence Project (2008)

EDUCATION

LLM, Racism and the American Death Penalty (Commendation) (2010 – 2011)

BVC, Northumbria University (Very Competent) (2009 – 2010)

LLB (Hons), Sheffield Hallam University (Upper Second Class) (2006 – 2009)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Amicus ALJ

Criminal Bar Association

Middle Temple

South Eastern Circuit

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Northumbria University BVC Scholarship (2010)

Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Cars, motorbikes, travelling, photography and vegetarian cooking.