Fiona Patten



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Fiona is a Consultant in Matheson’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. She has a broad commercial litigation practice, with a strong focus on investment funds litigation and financial services disputes.

Fiona qualified as a solicitor at Clifford Chance. Post-qualification, she practiced in London with SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons) for a number of years and has extensive experience both in Ireland and the UK.

Fiona is frequently involved in cross-jurisdictional matters. She has worked alongside international law firms in Europe, the US and the Caribbean on cross-border litigation arising out of the Madoff fraud. She is experienced in preparing evidence on Irish law for overseas proceedings in jurisdictions such as the Netherlands, France and the US. Fiona has obtained orders in the Irish High Court to host depositions and obtain evidence in Ireland for use by US litigants.

Fiona also advises on defamation, product liability and judicial review. She has significant experience in professional indemnity claims, particularly for solicitors, and has acted on behalf of a number of insurers. Fiona is a member of the firm’s Insurance and Dispute Resolution team.

Experience Highlights
  • Acting for HSBC Bank in the defence of multi-party multijurisdictional litigation arising as a result of the billions of euro lost in the Madoff Ponzi Scheme
  • Acting on behalf of an insurer in a D&O coverage dispute with former directors of an Irish financial institution
  • Advising a high net worth individual in a multimillion euro professional negligence claim
  • Acting for Kenmare Resources in the Court of Appeal regarding a €10 million libel award
  • Conducting proceedings in the Commercial Court on behalf of the Cayman Islands-based liquidator of an offshore investment fund, KRyS Global, seeking the return of $70 million which was the subject of a freezing order
  • Acting for diverse professional services practices in professional indemnity claims
  • Acting for an individual defendant in a test case relating to claims of fraudulent misrepresentation by a group of investors in an overseas property investment
  • Acting for members of a partnership in a dispute arising from tax-based investments in an Irish hotel
  • Drafting complaints and submissions to the Financial Services Ombudsman in relation to the mis-selling of investment products by investment advisors and financial institutions
  • Advising the Irish branch of a UK financial institution in a valuation dispute

Fiona Patten has been commended for her “excellent work” in the recovery of significant sums in the liquidation of an investment fund, where the return of $70 million was achieved:

“There is no doubt that Fiona’s role and her advice was integral in the successful outcome for the liquidation estate.  Fiona provided first class direction regarding the legal process in Ireland and how that approach would impact in terms of our global strategy and parallel international proceedings in the Netherlands and the BVI.”

Liquidators of BVI-registered investment fund



Qualified as a solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales, 2000 (non-practising)

Qualified as a solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2005 (practising)

London School of Economics (LLB) (Hons) Law and French law (including Diplome d’Etudes Juridiques from Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg III)

College of Law, London (Legal Practice Certificate)

Law Society of Ireland Certificate in Banking Law, Practice and & Bankruptcy

Institute of Bankers (School of Professional Finance, UCD), Professional Certificate in Investment Fund Services (Legal & Regulatory)

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Executive Education (Matheson Development Programme)

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