Fiona is a qualified solicitor with twenty five years of teaching experience. She is the joint programme leader for the LLB and teaches law relating to the citizen and the State as well as being involved with skills, clinical and placement modules. Prior to taking up a post in Carlisle Fiona taught on the Legal Practice Course and exempting degree at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Fiona is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of both the Association of Law Teachers and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Fiona lives with her family in the Lake District and is also involved in Mountain Rescue. She was for some time the offical legal advisor to Mountain Rescue England & Wales.

Qualifications and memberships

Bsc (Hons); PGCert Ed. and Cert On-line Ed.

Solicitor of the Supreme Court

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Law Society of England & Wales

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Member of the Association of Law Teachers 

Academic and research interests

Fiona has a particular interest in the areas of legal education and training. She has been involved in a range of research projects and has published papers on trainee solicitors experiences of their training, personal development planning and reflective learning.

She has written text books on legal skills and civil litigation. Fiona has, in the past, served as a Member of the Law Society's Training Committee, a Member of the Advisory Panel to the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, ACLEC and a Member of the Law Society's Human Rights Working Party.


‘A Practical Guide to Lawyering Skills’ - A student guide to theory and practice relating to legal skills. F Boyle, D Capps, P Plowden, C Sandford. Cavendish

Data protection for MR Teams MREW Magazine and various presentations 2013

Presentation of papers relating to the use of webfolios in Personal Development Planning: Conferences - ALT 2009, BILETA 2009, LILAC 2010


Recent external roles

External Examiner University of Bolton

Trustee Keswick Moutain Rescue Team