Francesca is a specialist in all areas of mental capacity and mental health law. Francesca’s practice encompasses all areas of Court or Protection work, including welfare disputes, serious medical treatment and property and affairs matters. Francesca receives regular instructions from individuals, the Official Solicitor, local authorities, NHS bodies and care homes. Francesca regularly acts in complex welfare proceedings and has a particular interest and experience in cases involving: cross border placements and disputes (with particular interest in cross border placements from Scotland); children and deprivation of liberty; the international protection of adults (for example, Francesca has recently been instructed to advise on cases involving Japan, Kenya and the United States of America); cases involving both welfare and financial disputes; and safeguarding vulnerable adults within the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court.
Francesca's practice is unique in that Francesca specialises in Health & Welfare and Property & Affairs within the Court of Protection. Francesca'a property and affairs practice regularly involves advising on issues relating to: the scope of the role of a financial deputy, lasting powers of attorney; statutory wills and financial abuse.
Francesca also has extensive experience in Mental Health Law, including representing patients before the First- Tier Tribunal and Nearest Relative Displacement Proceedings. Francesca has extensive experience in cases concerning the interface between the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Francesca also has a particular interest in and regularly advises on matters of social care charging, with a particular focus on debt recovery.
Year of Call: 2009
Francesca practices in all areas of Court or Protection, including welfare disputes, serious medical treatment and property and affairs matters. Francesca receives regular instructions from public bodies (including local authorities, health trusts and CCGs), private individuals and the Official Solicitor.
Francesca was appointed as an Accredited Mental Health Tribunal Panel Member in 2013 and has experience in all Mental Health Act matters including complex restricted matters and those that inevitably overlap with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Francesca has experience of representing the protected party before concurrent proceedings before the First- Tier Tribunal and the Court of Protection and Nearest Relative Displacement Proceedings.
Francesca has extensive experience in cases concerning the interface between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act.
Children and Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
Francesca has extensive experience involving the complex area of children and mental health and mental capacity law. Francesca has experience of representing children, public bodies and family members in cases involving children detained under the Mental Health, cases under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High court seeking the court's authorisation for the deprivation of a child's liberty and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 for unlawful deprivation of a child's liberty and breaches of Article 8 of the ECHR as a result of the failings of public authorities in care proceedings.
Francesca regularly provides advice to local authorities and children's Guardians in relation to the complex area of consent and deprivation of liberty in children's cases.
Significant Reported Cases
Francesca is regularly instructed in health and social care matters, including community care and healthcare disputes. Francesca regularly advises on Ordinary Residence disputes, including matters with a cross-border issue. Francesca provides regular training in this area, to both professional and lay clients, including speaking at the national Scottish Social Work Conference.
Member of Grays Inn 2009
Member of the North Eastern Circuit
Court of Protection Practitioner’s Association - Chair (Yorkshire & the Humber)
Francesca provides regular training and seminars to: lawyers, medical and social care professionals and other professionals in the field. Recent training topics have included:
Property & Affairs:
1. ‘The Cold Front’- Private Client Advisor
2. ‘ Support Network: litigation friends- Private Client Advisor
Bar Vocational Course - BPP Law School- 2009
Chambers UK 2020:
"She is an excellent advocate; she's very easy to listen to and is very sensible and kind." "She is wonderful and you can depend on her to get the job done. She is very thorough, her drafting is superb and she thinks very much outside the box."
Legal 500 2018:
Shortlisted in the Legal 500 Awards for 'Regional Junior of the Year 2018.'
Legal 500 2018:
"Extremely bright and very talented."
Chambers UK 2018:
"She is tenacious, eloquent, caring and incredibly talented, which means that she is in increasingly high demand for the most complex of Court of Protection cases."
"She has a tremendous amount of experience and is not afraid of novel or complex issues in a case. She works tirelessly to try to ensure the right result for her client."
"Francesca'a approach to matters is highly methodical and committed. She puts forward the clients' issues and concerns with great aplomb."
Legal 500 2017
Shortlisted in the Legal 500 Awards for 'Regional Junior of the Year 2017."
"An up- and - coming star in the area of Court of Protection, her practice includes a range of mental health and capacity cases involving deprivation of liberty, covert medication and human rights matters."
Chambers UK 2017
"She has a clear grasp of complicated issues and the ability to convey that to clients."
"She is very clear, concise and cuts through all of the nonsense."
"Ranked as 'Up and Coming' in Court of Protection.
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