Fiona heads Geldards’ Family Team. She is an experienced specialist family law solicitor, family mediator, family arbitrator, collaborative family lawyer and Deputy District Judge.

A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Fiona joined Geldards as a Partner in 2014 following its acquisition of Robinsons Solicitors where she had been a Partner and Head of Family Law.

Fiona is known and respected for her down to earth, friendly and pragmatic approach to all aspects of her work.

Rarely seen without a book in her hand, Fiona has a passionate love for literature as well as a keen interest in art, history and all things American.

A publican’s daughter (who can still pour a mean pint of Guinness!) Fiona was born locally and brought up in Duffield. She is now happily settled in the South Derbyshire countryside with her husband and two beautiful daughters.


"She is exceptional at her job, gives realistic advice and is concise and to the point."
Chambers & Partners. 2020

"Fiona Apthorpe is considered a "leading light" in the market. Her practice spans both complex family law matters and mediation, including cases of high-value finance and civil partnership breakdowns. Clients note: "The directness of her advice was always refreshing. She is very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond."  
Family/Matrimonial Law, Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

“Fiona’s professionalism and approachable manner made me feel at ease and always well advised. Without hesitation I would recommend her services to anyone”
JM , Derby

“Fiona represented my first wife when we were divorced . It is fair to say that Fiona operated in a very professional manner at all times and secured an excellent settlement for my ex wife. Following my divorce I have recommended Fiona to others and they have been more than happy with the service they received”
JB, Derby

“Fiona was unfailingly professional and supportive and gave me balanced, insightful and thoughtful advice. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to others”.
RH, Chesterfield


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