1 Garden Court

  • ‘Is astonishingly bright, fearless and effective both in and out of court.’

    Legal 500 2020
  • ‘She has the complete command of the court room and judges seem in awe of her.’

    Legal 500 2019

Practice Overview

Francesca practises at the highest level in both private and public law Children Act and inherent jurisdiction Wardship cases where there are profoundly serious allegations against parties. She specialised in criminal law for 10 years before joining the family bar. A large part of her work involves cases where there is a need for fact-finding and consequential applications and consequences between the criminal and family jurisdictions. In particular she specialises in cases where clients or other parties have been accused of murder, attempted murder of their children or partners, sexual abuse or other serious violence and where medical and factual cross examination of the highest calibre is required. She has a particular interest in underlying medical issues for children and adults ranging from underlying genetic, bone and vascular disorders to cases where an opposing party may have profound and as yet undiagnosed personality and mental health difficulties.

She has a great deal of expertise in cases of parental alienation and recruitment of children against a parent including allegations being made by children against parents.

Inquests-currently instructed in Kenya in the death of Alexander Monson.

Awarded the grade of MCIArb by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Francesca is authorised to conduct arbitrations in children cases.

Francesca is qualified to undertake work through public access and is very experienced in the same.

Legal 500

Leading Individual

2019