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Miles & Partners Solicitors & Advocates, London

Fiona McKiernan




Expertise and experience

Fiona is a partner and a specialist children’s lawyer and advocate, which means that she can represent her clients in the family court.

She mainly represents parents, family members and children of all ages in care proceedings. Fiona also has considerable experience in family disputes over children after divorce or separation.

The types of cases that Fiona has been involved in include:

  • representing anyone involved in care proceedings, such as parents, foster parents, children and other relatives;
  • representing older children where their views differ from those of their guardian or their parents, to ensure that they are comfortable with the contact and residence arrangements that are proposed;
  • advocating the views of children involved in family disputes, particularly where they are being denied the opportunity to have an ongoing relationship with one parent (parental alienation);
  • working on behalf of children in international care proceedings, to ensure that the views of the child or parents are heard and that proceedings can be kept in the UK.

Fiona is recognised in the 2021 Legal 500 as a ‘recommended lawyer’.

Qualified as a solicitor
Appointed a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel
Obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Law from the University of Buckinghamshire
Obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Studies from Kings College London
Became a freelance advocate
Joined Miles & Partners
Became Partner

Approach and ethos

I care deeply about my work. I try to ensure that my cases are thoroughly prepared and presented so that all parties and the court have the fullest possible information in order to make the best decisions possible about the children concerned. I think that it is essential that all parties are fully and fairly represented and that professionals work together as constructively as possible to achieve the best possible outcome for the children concerned. I try whenever possible to undertake my own advocacy.

Accolades, accreditations and memberships

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2021 logo