Fiona Blakeborough, Head of Commercial Litigation at Hillyer McKeown (HM) has been appointed a Deputy District Judge (DDJ) on the Northern Circuit.

Fiona Blakeborough, Head of Commercial Litigation at Hillyer McKeown, and Deputy District Judge, Northern Circuit
Fiona Blakeborough, Head of Litigation at HM and Deputy District Judge

For some time Fiona has been working toward achieving this career goal. On reaching the milestone she comments:

“I am delighted to have been appointed as a Deputy District Judge after a demanding process, and am looking forward to dealing with litigation from the new perspective of the other side of the bench.”

Having qualified in 2003 and specialising in commercial litigation, Fiona advises clients ranging from international companies to individuals in relation to complex disputes including high value commercial contract disputes, shareholder disputes, restrictive covenant actions, property litigation and contentious probate. 

Regarding the encouragement from HM Fiona says:

“I am grateful for the support received throughout from my firm, and I would particularly like to thank Lindsey Kidd, Group Managing Partner, who has also helped me achieve what has always been a career goal of mine.”

Recent successes

Fiona’s recent successes include a neighbourhood dispute case involving the Allen family. 

Other recognition of her expertise includes being recommended in the Legal 500 publication for her ‘excellent litigation management’.

Fiona will continue working as the Head of Commercial Litigation at HM, as well as fulfilling her part time DDJ position on the bench dealing with a broad range of civil and family law cases.


Fiona specialises in resolving complex disputes for businesses and individuals. If you would like an initial free, no obligation discussion about a dispute – including any which you might have started to resolve yourself and now require expert advice as to what to do next – please contact Fiona via email or phone.

Asking for specialist advice at any stage of a dispute can be more cost-effective in the long-term, avoiding time-consuming and costly litigation where possible.