Fiona Clegg

Call 2013

A persuasive and personable advocate with experience in a broad range of criminal law.

Expertise

Fiona regularly appears in all areas of general crime. Fiona has a growing practice in drug offences, including county lines and importation. Fiona is regularly instructed in cases involving sexual offences, as well as ancillary matters including SHPO variations. Additionally, she often represents defendants charged with violent and gang related offences.

Notable Crime cases


R v G [2020 to 2022] St Albans Crown Court


Currently instructed in an upcoming trial of Violent Disorder and Section 18 OAPA. Incident during which over 100 people were present in a pub.

R v V [2021 to 2022] Snaresbrook Crown Court


Currently instructed in an upcoming trial involving section 18 GBH, alleged against a police officer.

R v C [2021] Snaresbrook Crown Court


Assault on an emergency worker (police officer) at the beginning of the national lockdown. Secured acquittal following a four-day trial. Client was alleged to have failed to comply with social distancing directions, before intentionally coughing directly into the face of the police officer.

The trial included a successful application to exclude comments made at the scene. The trial also involved an intermediary, ground rules hearing and bad character applications.

R v R [2020] Lewes Crown Court

Weapons incident at Gatwick Airport, attracting national press interest. Client was originally indicted with Possessing a Dangerous Article in an Aerodrome, but the Crown later offered no evidence to this count, following reports and arguments addressing the issue of specific intent. Having pleaded guilty to Possession of a Bladed Article and Affray, client sentenced to a suspended sentence with a Mental Health Treatment Requirement. Sentencing involved detailed consideration and submissions concerning sentencing offenders with mental disorders. 
Coverage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-54256255

R v G [2021] Portsmouth Crown Court



Currently instructed in an upcoming multi-handed trial involving a Conspiracy to Kidnap.

R v V [2021 to 2022] Snaresbrook Crown Court


Currently instructed in an upcoming trial involving PWITS Class A and various NRMs.

R v P [2021 to 2022] Harrow Crown Court


Currently instructed in an upcoming trial for a Class A drugs conspiracy.

R v D [2019 to 2021] Central Criminal Court


Led by Queen’s Counsel in a multi-million pound global conspiracy involving the alleged importation and distribution of several tons of anabolic steroids.

R v JDS [2021] Isleworth Crown Court


Secured a sentence of 3 years’ 7 months custody for a client charged with importation of just over 1 kilogram of cocaine.

R v R [2019] Southampton Crown Court


Led Junior in an Armed Robbery Conspiracy, in which over £620,000 of jewellery was stolen.
Coverage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-50585149

Fiona has a developing practice in Fraud and Financial Crime. Cases include:

Notable Business Crime & Fraud cases


R v I [2020] Southwark Crown Court


Led junior in a £25 million Money Laundering Conspiracy. Client acquitted on all counts.

R v K [2019] Isleworth Crown Court


Client acquitted of Money Laundering. Application mid-trial for Defendant to give evidence via live link, following deterioration in mental health.

R v C [2017] City of London Magistrates Court


Secured a Suspended Sentence Order for a Trader convicted of four charges of Credit Card Fraud, valued just under £10,000.

R v I [2017] City of London Magistrates Court


Represented a Company at an application for Further Cash Detention.

Fiona has a developing practice in POCA proceedings and asset forfeiture, assisted by her detailed analysis and excellent negotiation skills. Recent cases include:

Notable Asset Forfeiture & Civil Recovery cases


R v G [2019] Southwark Crown Court


Led junior in highly-complex FCA confiscation, arising from illegal money lending. Confiscation Order in sum of £5,118,018.72, made in agreement following three days of argument and negotiation at court.

Coverage: https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/fca-secures-confiscation-order-totalling-5-million-against-illegal-money-lender

R v W [2018 to 2019]

Carlisle Crown Court
Led by Queen’s Counsel in a confiscation arising from a lucrative ‘legal highs’ business. The Crown alleged that the benefit figure was in excess of £17 million and that the defendant had hidden assets. Following contested proceedings, the court ruled that there were no hidden assets.

R v K [2017] Birmingham Crown Court


Following extensive negotiations with the Crown, successfully agreed a Confiscation Order where the benefit figure was reduced by just over £1million pounds.

  • Sir Joseph Cantley Memorial Prize (2012) – Middle Temple
  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition (2012) – Middle Temple
  • Nottingham Law School
  • University of Leeds

  • Women In Criminal Law
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Howard League for Penal Reform

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