Fiona Ashworth


Occupational Disease

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton



Occupational Disease

Fiona has extensive experience in disease work having been involved in numerous cases of asbestos related disease (including mesothelioma), HAVS, deafness, dermatitis and occupationally induced cancers.


 

"She is very strong technically, good on her feet in front of a judge and very good with clients. She has the right degree of gravitas and familiarity."

Chambers UK

Profile

Over the last 17 years, Fiona has developed the specialism of acting in cases involving Chronic Pain Syndromes, Complex Regional Pain Syndromes, Chronic Fatigue Syndromes, Somatoform Pain Disorders, Somatic Symptom Disorders, Conversion Disorders and Fibromyalgia. She is considered to be a leading expert on chronic pain.

These conditions are often little understood and extremely challenging. Fiona has built up a deep knowledge and understanding of these chronic pain cases working with medical experts of all different specialisms over the years.  She has been involved in hundreds of such cases, both at first instance and on appeal, acting for both Claimant and Defendant.

Fiona has lectured extensively over the country, has organised numerous Pain Seminars and has contributed published articles on the topic.  She was a delegate at the Pain Summit at Westminster. She was a speaker at the medico legal forum at Peterhouse College Cambridge 2015.

She also has wide experience in personal injury related professional negligence cases.

Fiona is the patron of Burning Nights CRPS charity and works alongside the founder Victoria Abbot Fleming in raising awareness of CRPS.

Fiona has sat as a Recorder in crime since 2009. She has had a civil ticket since 2014 and appeals and serious sex offences tickets since 2015.

Fiona was guest speaker at the British Pain Society's 50th Annual Conference in 2017. 

Fiona is Head of Kings Chambers Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. 

Year of Call: 1988

 

Memberships

Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association

Member of the Northern and North Eastern Circuits

Appointments

Fiona was appointed as Recorder on the Northern Circuit in November 2008 sitting in crime and in 2014 sitting in civil work.

Fiona also sat on the Legal Services Commission Appeal tribunal for 15 years and was an external examiner for 3 years for the City Law School BVC course and was an external examiner for MMU for 3 years.

 

Publications

“Soft Tissue Injuries and Their Consequences” -PI Brief Update Law Journal

“Pedestrians Beware”- PI Brief Update Law Journal

“Recognising chronic pain” - Solicitors Journal

“Loss of earnings in fibromyalgia claims”  – Fibromyalgia Magazine

“Fibromyalgia and the Legal System” -  Fibromyalgia Magazine

 

Significant Reported Cases

T.J. Williams v Town and City Pub Group Limited Lawtel 2015 (£430,328 neuropathic pain)

Large v Norfolk CC Lawtel 2012 (£2.3m Fibromyalgia)

Edwards v Salford Primary Healthcare Trust Lawtel 2012 (CRPS £1,000,000),

Beard v Skanska Lawtel 2012 (CPS £345,000)

Casey v Ali [2012] EWCA Civ 1502 (RTA Court of Appeal)

Ellen Baker V Caroline Sumner (2010) Lawtel (Fibromyalgia, Total Damages £120,247)

Rahima Siddique V Bvba Rimotrans (2010) Lawtel (Fibromyalgia, Total Damages £350,000)

Chapman v Moulton [2011] Lawtel, (Fibromyalgia, Total Damages £595,000)

Jennifer Kolodziejcak V (1) Escolme (2) The Livesy Group [2007] Lawtel, (Fibromyalgia, Total Damages £137,500)

Bennett v Smith (2003) LTL 11/3/2003 (At first instance and on appeal before Smith J Andrew) (Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes)

Jennings v Forestry Commission [2008] EWCA Civ 581 (Accidents; assumption of responsibility; Contract of employment/for services; work equipment Court of Appeal)

Thorpe v Weightman [2000] CLY 416 (QBD) (local authority liability; road traffic obstructions)

White v Eon (Court of Appeal) November 2008 (Limitation)

 

Recommendations

Chambers UK 2017

"The doyenne of chronic pain cases, she knows that subject inside-out." "She's very authoritative; she has a detailed grasp of the issues and articulates them well." "She is thorough, analytical and generally very good."

Chambers UK 2016

"She has an extremely thorough and authoritative approach, whilst retaining a compassionate rapport with clients."

"She is very strong technically, good on her feet in front of a judge and very good with clients. She has the right degree of gravitas and familiarity."

Chambers UK 2015

"It's not just that she's very good technically; it's also her delivery and her relationship with the clients that sets her apart."

The Legal 500, 2017

‘She is robust yet fair and quickly gets to the heart of the issue.’

The Legal 500, 2015

“Efficient, succinct and, most of all, approachable."

The Legal 500, 2014

"She is one of the best in chronic pain cases.’” -

Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession

"A fine junior who hates to lose."

Chambers UK Logo 2016

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