Described by peers as ‘fiercely intelligent and extremely able’, the personable Fiona Read describes her practice as ‘everything from district resolution – so mediation and family arbitration – to highly complex international cases’.
‘Brexit will definitely have an impact on family law,’ says Read, who also sits part-time as a district judge in the family and civil courts.
‘We’ll be doing a lot of work with lawyers all over the world as a result. It’s going to be quite intellectually stimulating for us, but not much fun for the clients.’
She has seen a ‘very significant’ increase in mediation cases and a fall in general instruction in the past year: ‘I think uncertainty around Brexit is driving people to either delay or to look into other options.’