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Direct Access Barrister

Fiona Jane Whiteside

Direct Access Barrister

Fiona Jane Whiteside

I specialise in commercial and contractual disputes, providing advice and representation to companies and individuals on a direct access basis. I pride myself on being flexible and personable, quick to grasp points and responsive to clients' needs. For further information, please refer to my chambers webpage: https://www.twentyessex.com/people/fiona-whiteside/.

Area of Law

Banking and Financial Services

Loan disputes, consumer credit claims.

Business and Corporate

Shareholder disputes, bribery and directors' duties.
Domestic and cross-border insolvency.


Extensive experience of contractual disputes, both advisory and representation in court.


Extensive experience of cargo and commodities claims in international trade.


Civil fraud.

Private International Law

Extensive experience of private international law, jurisdictional issues, service of process overseas and enforcement.

Shipping and Maritime

Extensive experience of shipping and shipbuilding disputes.

What sort of work do I do?

My practice covers a wide spectrum of commercial disputes including international trade, civil fraud, company, insolvency and general contractual disputes. I have experience of complex and high-value claims and I regularly appear in the High Court and County Court.

Highlights of my recent litigation and arbitration experience include successfully defending a test case for the business model of an energy broker client, obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of a partnership to enforce post-termination restrictive covenants against a departing partner, and succeeding in a sale of goods dispute which turned on a complex construction argument about the meaning of “Insurance Total Loss”.

Who do I work for?

I regularly advise small business owners and individuals on a direct access basis.

I also serve as Head of the Consumer and Contracts team at South Westminster Legal Advice Centre, where I provide free legal advice to individuals.

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