Fiona specialises and practices in the area of dust diseases litigation acting for clients suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancers. She also specialises in the area of workers compensation, work injury damages, medical negligence and public liability claims.
Location Fiona is based in our Sydney office, however will see clients at any of our other offices by appointment. She will also visit clients at home and in hospital if they are unable to travel. Fiona joined Turner Freeman in July 1993, was appointed an Associate in 2004, Senior Associate in 2013 and a Partner in July 2014.
Fiona is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. She has successfully litigated for clients with asbestos diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. She also acts for clients injured as a result of the negligence of others. As well Fiona acts for people injured under both the NSW and Comcare Workers Compensation Schemes. Although now working from Sydney she was based in our Parramatta office for more than 15 years working mainly in our dust diseases practice.
“I decided on law when I was at school – I thought the most important changes to the way we live could be made through the law”.
For Fiona one of the most significant and moving asbestos cases was Turner Freeman’s representation of Vivien Olsen. “She was a young woman with small children when she died of mesothelioma. As a child in Wittenoom she had played in the asbestos dust. This case showed the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal (the specialist tribunal for hearing compensation cases for asbestos exposure) at its best. It was a moving and enormously important decision for Vivien’s family and for future claimants”. Fiona has in depth knowledge of trade unions and workers’ rights. She has been an industrial organiser for the Community and Public Sector Union and served as an electorate officer for a Federal Member of Parliament. Fiona is an active member of the Australian Labor Party, and was a member of the NSW Status of Women Committee.
With her trade union background, Fiona is especially well qualified to represent workers in unfair dismissal claims and employment contract disputes. She is also an expert in discrimination complaints.
“My determination is to provide the clearest possible advice, achieve financial security for families, often in a time of great stress, as well as giving them a sense that justice has been done; as quickly and efficiently as possible”.
- Bachelor of Laws – University of New South Wales
- Master of Laws – University of New South Wales
- Bachelor of Arts – University of Technology, Sydney
- Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law
- Law Society of New South Wales
- NSW Society of Labor Lawyers
- Australian Lawyers Alliance
- Women Lawyers Association of NSW
- Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia Australian Labor Party