‘Her attributes of diligence, intelligence, determination and innovation have made her the go-to solicitor for oligarchs and professional sportsmen,’ one leading QC told Spear’s. This year Fisher has expanded that practice to include the well-known case of a Russian wife and an American husband and ‘a fascinating and complicated issue’ concerning the ability of the English courts to make orders against an individual who is subject to EU sanctions.
While she believes reopened cases, following Sharland & Gohil, will help counter fraud, it does mean a blow for finality in family proceedings — something also seen in the decision in Wyatt v Vince. ‘While we have been told repeatedly by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in recent years that the Family Division is not another country and we shouldn’t do things differently there, it seems this doesn’t apply to the ability to strike out a family case in the same way as one would apply to strike out in civil proceedings,’ she says, also remarking on the ‘lottery’ of the ‘blunt’ courts. ‘I think we should, and indeed will have to, engage much more with arbitration.’