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Practice Overview

Francesca practices at the highest level in both Private and Public Law Children Act cases and inherent jurisdiction Wardship cases, particularly where there are profoundly serious allegations against the parties. Prior to joining the Family Bar, she specialised in Criminal Law and as a result, much of her work covers the crossover between these two jurisdictions. This includes cases in which there is a need for fact-finding or consequential applications in criminal proceedings. In particular, Francesca 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. Such cases often require medical and factual cross-examination of the highest calibre.

Francesca has a further interest in matters involving 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 is also regularly instructed in cases of parental alienation and recruitment of children against a parent, particularly where an allegation is made by children against parents.
Francesca also undertakes inquests-based work, and is currently instructed in Kenya regarding 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.

She is also qualified to undertake work through Direct Public Access and is very experienced in doing so.

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