Frank has expertise in all areas of family law and is unusual in having successfully represented parties in both financial and children matters, domestic and international, in all levels of court including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in the last 5 years.

In the last year he has appeared in Sharp v Sharp, the landmark case concerning the approach to short and ‘dual career’ marriages; Mills v Mills, concerning the proper approach to a lifetime maintenance order (to be heard in the Supreme Court in June 2018); S v A (forthcoming) concerning a novel approach to the construction of awards in Sch 1 Children Act cases; Re M (Children) concerning the enforcement of foreign private law orders in the UK; and Re W (A Child) concerning the approach to be taken to domestic adoption cases.

Frank is a Recorder and sits in children and finance cases; he is qualified to sit in the Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court.

Frank is happy to undertake private FDRs and early neutral evaluations.

Mills v Mills [2017] EWCA Civ 129 – successful appeal securing an upward revision of spousal maintenance – to be heard by the Supreme Court in June 2018

Sharp v Sharp [2017] 2 F.L.R. 1095 – landmark review of the ‘sharing’ principle with relation to short and ‘dual career’ marriages

S v E (forthcoming) – succeeded in securing a novel order in a CA 1989 sch 1 case giving full control of funds to the mother in a case where the father was found to have exerted financial coercion.

Kremen v Agrest [2012] 2 F.L.R. 414; [2011] 2 F.L.R. 506 – acted for corporate and individual intervenors in a complex series of cases involving international assets and financial misconduct

Traversa v Freddi [2011] Fam. Law 464 – MFPA pt III application succeeding in overriding a purported pre–nuptial agreement in an Italian divorce.

Re B (A Child) (Care Proceedings:Appeal) [2013] 1 WLR 1911 – landmark Supreme Court appeal concerning the approach to care proceedings, adoption, human rights and appeals

Re N (Children) [2017] AC 167 – Supreme Court appeal concerning adoption of foreign nationals

Re A (A Child) (Disclosure of Third Party Information [2013] 2 AC 66 – Supreme Court Appeal concerning application of Human Rights Act to the fair trial procedure.

Re W (A Child) (Adoption: Grandparents’ Competing Claim [2017] 1 WLR 889 – successful appeal clarifying the approach to ‘nothing else will do’ in contested adoptions

Re M (Children) [2017] 3 FCR 369 – concerning the enforceability of foreign orders

Re N [2016] EWCA Civ 656 – successful appeal concerning the right to fair hearing of a contact application

Re LC (Children) (International Abduction: Child’s Objections to Return) 2014 AC 1038 – successful Supreme Court Appeal concerning children’s rights in abduction cases.

Frank sits as a Recorder in finance cases and is happy to conduct private FDRs

Frank is approved for direct access

Reputation & Awards

‘He’s a very good advocate, a very good cross–examiner and very approachable’

Chambers Directory 2018

‘Highly experienced family silk with demonstrable expertise… .He has recently taken significant matters to the Supreme Court and has also engaged in some high net worth divorce work’ – Chambers Directory 2018.

‘Just wonderful in every way; he’s creative, a master strategist and highly approachable’ – Chambers Directory 2016

‘He is calm and reassuring and provides brilliant analysis’ – Legal 500 2018.

Education

  • All Saints’ Comprehensive, Sheffield
  • Emmanuel College Cambridge

 

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