1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Frances has thirty years’ experience at the Bar –  she now practices exclusively in Children’s Law, but she has an extensive background in Criminal Defence advocacy, as well as experience in ancillary relief and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA).

Frances has expertise in complex and serious cases involving non-accidental injury, including shaken babies, burns, the murder of one parent by another, fabricated illness, sexual abuse (inter-generational and paedophile rings), pornography, domestic violence, forced marriage, chronic neglect and trafficking.

She frequently undertakes relocation cases and cases involving religious issues. She has excellent mastery of medical issues and complex voluminous documentation.

Frances acts on behalf of all parties in Public and Private Law cases, and is regularly instructed by the CAFCASS High Court team and NYAS. She also acts for children without a Guardian.

Frances sits as a Deputy District Judge in London and the South East, in Civil, Private and Public Family Law.

Robust, succinct, insightful, tenacious and assertive, Frances offers excellent client care. She is known for being extremely hard-working and thorough.

Frances accepts Direct Public Access instructions.

  • Notable Cases

    K v K Ors [2008] EWHC 1561 (Fam) - Frances worked on the fact-finding in this Private Law case, which included forensic evidence in respect of arson and stabbing, the involvement of police, and required a rehearing after fresh evidence to determine the role of the Guardian.

    B v B (Financial Provision: Welfare of Child and Conduct) [2002] 1 FLR 555 - The case involved the husband’s failure to disclose his assets and his disposal of these assets, as well as the husband’s abduction of the child. The court sought to determine whether a departure from equality was justified, given the husband’s conduct and the failure to make a Mesher order on the matrimonial home.