Fiona took silk in 2018. Prior to signing the Bar roll, Fiona was a senior associate in litigation at Allens Linklaters (where she also undertook her articles). Fiona is also admitted to the New York Bar and from 2001- 2003 worked as a litigator in New York (at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and Morrison Cohen LLP) where she appeared in US State and Federal Courts.
Since coming to the Victorian Bar in 2005, Fiona's practice has largely been in the areas of commercial law, competition and consumer law, media law, contempt of court and class actions. Fiona is currently briefed in a number of class actions in the areas of product liability and market disclosures and has been appointed contradictor in the proposed settlement of the Robodebt class action. Fiona acted for the Plaintiffs in the Manus Island class action and in the Black Saturday bushfires class action (Murrindindi). She has also regularly acted for the ACCC in both consumer and competition matters. A sample of cases in which she has appeared in a variety of jurisdictions in a variety of practice areas is set out below. Fiona also has extensive experience undertaking regulators' examinations, as counsel assisting in inquiries and in advisory work.
Fiona was awarded a First Class Honours degree in law from the University of Melbourne in 1998. She also undertook a semester of her law degree with a scholarship to the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon, France in 1995. She speaks fluent French.
In 2011 Fiona received the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Public Interest/Justice Innovation Award (with Ron Merkel QC and Kris Walker).
Commercial, Competition and Consumer Law
ACCC v Sumo Power Pty Ltd (ongoing) (misleading and deceptive conduct in the sale of electricity retailing services)
ACCC v Informed Sources Pty Ltd (2017)(collation and dissemination of petrol pricing data)
ACCC v Coles Supermarkets Pty Ltd  FCA 634(misleading and deceptive advertising - "Baked Today Sold Today")
ACCC v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd  FCA 87 (misleading and deceptive advertising - "Unlimited" broadband)
ACCC v SMS Global Pty Ltd  FCA 855 (misrepresentation of government endorsement)
Commissions of Inquiry / Investigations
Hotel Quarantine Inquiry (2020) - acting for Department of Transport
ACCC Petrol Pricing Inquiry (2007) - counsel assisting (with Neil Young QC and Simon Marks QC)
Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (various dates) - acting for various individuals in a number of confidential matters
ACCC Investigations (various dates) - briefed as counsel assisting in various ACCC investigations into proposed mergers and acquisitions
ASIC Investigations (various dates) - acting for various individuals in a number of confidential matters
Prygodicz v Commonwealth (contradictor)(settlement approval of claims relating to Robodebt scheme)
Turner v Bayer Australia Ltd (ongoing)(negligence and ACL claims relating to the Essure contraceptive device)
Allen v G8 Education Limited (ongoing)(securities class action - misleading and deceptive conduct and breach of continuous disclosure obligaitons)
Stallard Pty Ltd v Treasure Wine Estates Limited (ongoing)(securities class action - misleading and deceptive conduct and breach of continuous disclosure obligations)
Kamsaee v Commonwealth (2017) (claims of negligence and false imprisonment on behalf of persons detained on Manus Island)
Rowe v Ausnet Electricity Services Pty Ltd (2015)(claims of negligence in relation to the Murrindindi Black Saturday bushfire)
Pathway Investments Pty Ltd v National Australia Bank Ltd (2012) (securities class action - failure to disclose to market exposure to collateralised debt obligations)
Contempt of Court
R v Slaveski  VSC 400
R v Derryn Hinch  VSC 520 (sub judice contempt and suppression order)
Allen v R  VSCA 44 (appeal - failure to give evidence)
R v Slaveski  VSCA 48 (appeal - contempt in the face of the court)
Zukanovic v Magistrates' Court at Moorabbin (2011) 32 VR 216 (contempt in the face of the court)
R v ABC  VSC 498 (suppression order)
R v Nationwide News Pty Ltd  VSC 420 (sub judice contempt)
IOOF v Maurice Blackburn  VSC 311 (privilege dispute - confidentiality in whistleblower documents)
Smith v Victoria Police  VSC 374 (appeal- application of confidentiality provisions to whistleblower discovery)
Owens v University of Melbourne  VSC 174 (interplay between Whistleblower Protection Act and Accident Compensation Act.
Roach v Electoral Commissioner (2007) 233 CLR 162 (Constitutional - prisoner voting)
Rowe v Electoral Commissioner (2010) 243 CLR 1 (Constitutional - closure of electoral roll)