Frances is a family law specialist. Her practice reflects the broad range of Chambers’ expertise.
Frances acts and advises in proceedings relating to all areas of family finance, including applications pursuant to Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 and TOLATA 1996.
Frances has a busy private law children practice. She is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of serious domestic abuse or parental alienation and those with an international element.
Frances regularly advises and appears in cases involving international child abduction, at all stages of proceedings. She is able to represent parties at short notice as a member of 1KBW’s duty counsel scheme.
Frances acts for parents, extended family members and local authorities in public law children cases. She has considerable experience of cases involving complex mental health issues, drug misuse and allegations of violence.
Frances accepts instructions from members of the public on a direct access basis.
Awards and Scholarships
Lord Justice Holker Award
Gray’s Inn Residential Scholarship
First prize in the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers Marion Simmonds QC Essay Competition 2012
Jesus College, University of Cambridge: Law MA (Hons)
Kaplan Law School: Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent)
Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Contributor to ‘Atkins Court Forms (Second Edition) (2016) Volumes 20 (1) and (2) Family: Relationships and their Breakdown (Parts I, II)’
Frances regularly summarises recent judgments for Family Law Week.