Frances has 23 years experience at the Bar, she has an extensive background in criminal defence advocacy and then specialised in family law. she has experience in ancillary relief and Tolata but now practices exclusively in children’s law.
Expertise in complex and serious cases involving NAI including shaken babies, burns, murder of one parent by another, fabricated illness, sexual abuse ( intergenerational and paedophile rings) pornography, domestic violence, forced marriage ,chronic neglect, trafficking.
Expertise in relocation cases and cases involving religious issues. Excellent mastery of medical issues and complex voluminous documentation.
Regularly instructed on behalf of all parties in public and private law cases regularly instructed by Cafcass High Court team and NYAS, also acts for children without Guardian.
Robust, succinct, insightful, excellent courteous client care, tenacious and assertive.
Extremely hard working and thorough.
Children (public law)
Children (private law)
Court of Protection
Domestic violence & injunctions
International family law
K V K Ors  EWHC 1561 (Fam)
Fact finding in private law case - involvement of police - forensic evidence inrespect of arson and stabbing - rehearing required after fresh evidence-role of Guardian.
B v B (Financial Provision: Welfare of Child and Conduct)  1 FLR 555
Financial provision - Divorce - Matrimonial home - Mesher order not made - Husband's failure to disclose, and disposal of assets - Husband's abduction of child - Relevance of husband's conduct - Whether departure from equality justified.