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Fiona Horlick is a Band 1 (top tier) leading junior in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. She is praised for her unrivalled advocacy skills, her unbending will to succeed as well as her charisma and her ability to handle clients with sensitivity.
Fiona’s practice encompasses regulatory proceedings including Professional Discipline, Health and Safety and Crime – particularly business crime, medical crime, and health and safety criminal proceedings. She has extensive experience as an advocate in all court from the Privy Council downwards, including the Court of Appeal, the High Court, Crown Courts, regulatory proceedings and inquests. She honed her skills on criminal work and jury trials before expanding her work profile.
Fiona is the co-editor and major contributing author of the leading work on the Bribery Act 2010 Lissack and Horlick on Bribery published internationally by LexisNexis. This work is now in its 2nd edition and provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of bribery in both a national and international context. Fiona advises and represents companies with regard to business crime.
Fiona’s article “The extraterritorial reach of criminal and enforcement action in the English courts” first appeared in the January 2014 edition of the Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law.
Her Health and Safety practice includes fatalities and serious accidents. She appears in proceedings before the Crown Court, magistrates court and at Inquests on behalf of companies and individuals. Fiona has an extensive practice defending health professionals including doctors, dentists and pharmacists before their disciplinary bodies and in criminal trials, at Inquests and at internal Trust disciplinary/employment hearings.
Health, Safety & Environment
Fiona’s long experience of regulatory and criminal matters is brought to bear on her practice in this area. She conducts Crown Court and Magistrates Court trials and inquests as well as advising in other matters such as Improvement Notices.
R v X Company
Defending a company in a trial at the Old Bailey for criminal breaches relating to food hygiene. Involved complicated expert evidence.
HSE v Mr X
Defending at the Crown Court a managing director of a company whose employee had been crushed to death.
HSE v Y Company
Defending at the Crown Court a company whose employees had suffered severe burns at their factory.
Re A Company
Advising a major UK utilities company with regard to Health and Safety and other regulatory matters.
In An Inquest
Defending a well known building company in a jury inquest where a worker had died as a result of a fall from height on one of their sites.
In An Inquest
Defending a company in an inquest where a worker had been killed on a building site.
Re Z Company
Advising the prosecuting authority with regard to an impending prosecution of a company with regard to Legionnaires’ Disease.
Appointments & Memberships
Areas of Law
- Business Crime
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Law In Sport
- Mental Health
“Well prepared and knowledgeable. She has the ability to see the real picture.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Incisive, intelligent and brilliant at cross-examination.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Recommended for dental, actuarial and medical cases.” Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2017
“Her advocacy skills are second to none; most would hate to be subjected to a cross-examination by her because she’s just so good. She grasps technical issues extremely quickly and is an extremely effective advocate.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She has a phenomenal understanding of her cases and is always able to pick up on the key issues, regardless of the volume of information.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She defends in medical cases with novel arguments.” Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2016
“She grasps complex work quickly and easily, is a master of cross-examination, and an excellent person to represent both regulators and professionals.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2016
“She’s terrific – tenacious but at the same time calm.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2016
“She exudes an air of confidence.” “She’s an excellent advocate who is very good at cross-examination.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2015
“An absolute joy to listen to in full flow.” Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2015
“Her advocacy skills are unrivalled and she is fantastic to watch. She knows when to have a fight and when to have people listen to you and like you.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2014
“”Hard-working, enthusiastic” junior Fiona Horlick “is someone you don’t want to be up against,” according to one impressed peer, as “she can destroy your case, very, very quickly.”” Chambers & Partners 2013
“Fiona Horlick, whose “relaxed style belies a vigorous approach.”” Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2013
“Fiona Horlick engages in high-stakes disciplinary actions for and against doctors, dentists and pharmacists. She is adept at making intelligent, highly demanding clients feel that they are being well handled. Solicitors like her as she is “capable of being a rottweiler for her client if the situation calls for it.”” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2012
“Fiona Horlick is “at the top of her game” and “combines charm, charisma and an unbending will to succeed.”” Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2012
“Her forte lies in defending healthcare professionals. Her “ability to work sensitively with emotional clients” is seen as a particular strength.” Professional Discipline, Chambers & Partners 2011