Russell Cooke Putney London 2

About Fiona

Separating from a spouse or partner is often one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. My aim is to take a client through this journey with the support they need, using the best process for them. I am committed to constructive and dignified negotiations to settle cases and I work within a variety of processes to achieve a fair outcome.

Fiona has extensive experience in all aspects of family law. She frequently handles cases with an international element and which often involve high value financial claims in divorce, disputed arrangements with children (including re-location to other countries) and co-habitation and property disputes. She is noted for her expertise in finding solutions in difficult cases and reaching settlements.

Fiona is a leader in the field of family resolution. She is an accredited mediator and is trained to see children in mediation. She is experienced in dealing with hybrid, shuttle and cross-border mediations. She is also a collaborative practitioner and a family law arbitrator (both for finance and children). Fiona offers an FDR/early neutral evaluation service to assist and support parties to reach their own agreements.

Fiona sits part-time as a District Judge in the family and civil courts and has been elected to hear private children disputes between parents. This valuable insight and unique perspective into the workings of the courts directly benefits her family practice. 

Fiona is personable and keen to resolve issues as quickly as possible. Her aim is to guide her clients, through what is often a complex process, using a method that suits the case in order to obtain the best outcome. 

Fiona Read is a tour de force in family law. Able to adapt her approach to differing needs of clients.
Legal 500 (2024)

Memberships

  • Accredited mediator and child inclusive trained mediator
  • Collaborative practitioner 
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Part-time District Judge in the family and civil courts
  • International committee member of Resolution, a specialist organisation for families and lawyers committed to dealing with family cases in a constructive and conciliatory manner

Publications

  • Contributed to the publication ‘International aspects of Family Law’ which is produced online for Resolution

Awards and accreditations

Fiona's highlights

News

11.05.2023

Russell-Cooke's family partners retain recognition in Spear’s Family Lawyers Index 2023

Fiona Read, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Kate Hamilton, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team.
Multiple Authors
2 min Read
Fiona Read, Kate Hamilton
News

14.07.2022

Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide sees strong gains for Russell-Cooke’s private wealth specialists

James Carroll, Joint Managing Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Alison Regan, Joint Managing Partner of Russell-Cooke Solicitors and head of the trusts wills estate disputes team. Fiona Read, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Kate Hamilton, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Richard Frimston, Consultant in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, private client team.
Multiple Authors
3 min Read
James Carroll, Alison Regan, Fiona Read, Kate Hamilton, Richard Frimston
News

04.07.2022

Two Russell-Cooke partners recommended in the Spear's Family Lawyers Index 2022

Fiona Read, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Kate Hamilton, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team.
Multiple Authors
1 min Read
Fiona Read, Kate Hamilton
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