Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Fiona Gaskell - Partner

Dispute Resolution Solicitor

Find out what our clients have to say about Fiona here.

Fiona became a Partner in 2001. She specialises in insolvency, property litigation and licensing and has been involved in a number of high profile redevelopment projects. Fiona is a member of the Bury Town Centre Management Board.

Property Disputes

  • Arising from contracts for sale/purchase
  • Boundary Disputes  
  • Easements and Rights of Way  
  • Possessory Title - before the County Court and Adjudicator to the Land Registry
  • Specific Performance and injunctions
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant  
  • Bringing and defending claims for possession
  • Forfeiture
  • Rent arrears
  • Breach of covenant 
  • Bringing or defending commercial dilapidations claims
  • Defending disrepair claims for Landlords


  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Winding Up Petitions
  • Administration
  • Corporate Voluntary Arrangements (CVA)
  • Restoration of Companies to the Roll
  • Personal Insolvency
  • Bankruptcy
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA)
  • Validation Orders

Contract Disputes

Disputes arising from commercial contracts and between private individuals from what may appear a relative small sum to the multi-million pound claim

  • For Claimant and Defendants
  • Debt Recovery
  • Building Disputes
  • Sale of Goods and Supply of Services
  • Consumer Credit Agreements - unenforceability, unfair relationships and financial irregularity

Company & Partnership Law

  • Shareholder disputes
  • Director's disputes
  • s994 Companies Act Petitions (previously s459)
  • Derivative claims
  • Breaches of warranties following business sales
  • Partnership disputes
  • Breaches of covenants

Trust & Probate Litigation

  • Contested Probate
  • Validity of wills
  • Interpretation of wills
  • Revocation of grants
  • Appointment of new executors/trustees
  • Secret trusts
  • Trusts concerning residential property
  • TLATA claims
  • Proprietary estoppels
  • Implied / resulting /constructive trusts
  • Bringing and defending Inheritance Act claims

Other areas of experience include:

  • Injunctions and Mandatory Orders
  • Professional Negligence

  • Nuisance

Passionate about Rugby Union, Fiona can regularly be found enjoying a game with her family. She enjoys sight-seeing, and family holidays often focus around historical and archaeological sites.

Fiona read Law at The Victoria University of Manchester, graduating in 1984. She attended Chester College of Law before completing her articles at A E Tickle & Son. Fiona qualified in 1987 and joined Clough & Willis in 1990.

Fiona has published numerous articles, some of which can be found on the press release pages of our website or here.

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We have been using Clough & Willis for ten years and found them to be very efficient in all aspects of their work. What I like about their firm is that they cover a wide variety of legal services and are very quick to respond to our needs.

Nigel Compsty, Managing Director
H Compsty & Son Ltd

The contact for my name change and divorce was Marie Whittaker who again was completely professional and gave me complete confidence from out first meeting. My divorce proceeded smoothly, quickly and efficiently. I was updated regularly by letters and phone calls.

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"Level of service seems just right. The friendly, helpful staff explained procedures well and made everything clear."

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"The team are a pleasure to work with, friendly but always professional in their dealings. Following the successful sale of my business to Veolia Environmental Services plc, I continue to play a key role in the business. I would recommend Clough & Willis to business owners."

Chris Wright Recycling
H Chris Wright

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, personally, and on behalf of the Directors of SRS for all the time and work you put into the successful MBO. Professional at all times, your advice was client focused and to the point, and we were particularly impressed at your ability to work to a tight schedule, ensuring we completed on our deadline date."

Alex Docherty,
Director Sound Reduction Systems

Throughout the whole process, Clough & Willis kept me well informed and my stress levels to non-existent. I felt completely looked after with the team taking care of my best interests, I felt they had complete control and it was very reassuring.

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From first contact to the last, everyone has been very professional and reassuring through what has been an emotional and stressful time for us and without the help of your company it would have been much more difficult for me and my husband.

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I was very impressed with your firm at the outset when I first called in November 2009 after my uncles death. All staff from the receptionist and secretary through to the Partners were professional, friendly and helpful and provided the best response out of the 3 Bury firms I called.

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Clough & Willis are very understanding and made me feel valued, they showed me respect knowing I was albeit apprehensive of dealings within the legal profession and their workings

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Besides being professional Clough & Willis are also friendly and kind, making one feel relaxed able to communicate easily about the business in hand which they see to efficiently keeping in contact continually. Thank you for all you did.

Krystyna Bzdega

From reception through secretarial to solicitor the approach and attention to detail in handling my case was professional and gave me confidence that the matter would be handled to my satisfaction.

Mr M Booth

I have dealt with Clough & Willis for years since we moved to the area from Manchester and both my husband and I always appreciated your helpfulness and professionalism. Thank you

Theresa Moreen Woolley

Lorraine, I would just like to say "thank you very much" for all your hard work and assistance in the letting of the above property. The negotiations were somewhat protracted, due to a breakdown on my client's side, and I feel that your persistence and hard work led to the eventual lease completion. I look forward to working with you in the near future. Kind regards, Neil Higson, for and on behalf of Nolan Redshaw Ltd

Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors

We have been impressed with the friendly professionalism of all staff, Rebecca Green has been wonderfully helpful, thorough, patient, kind and supportive. Her reassuring guidance has made some very sad and difficult times easier to bear. We hope Rebecca receives recognition for her excellent service.

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