Frances has a varied and busy practice in serious crime. She is regularly instructed to defend those accused of rape, sexual assaults and serious violent crimes, such as attempted murder and aggravated burglary.
Frances prosecutes and defends cases involving vulnerable witnesses, including section 28 pre-recorded cross examination cases. She is experienced and adept at representing vulnerable defendants and those with mental difficulties, as well as cases involving expert witnesses and issues of fitness to plead.
As well as frequently prosecuting complex multi-handed cases, Frances has been instructed as prosecution junior in a multi handed drugs conspiracy case. She represents private clients in tax and motoring matters.
Notable Serious Crime cases
Represented a defendant with schizophrenia charged with attempted murder of his best friend, involving issues of fitness to plead and the imposition of a hospital order
Represented a male massage therapist accused of sexual assault by a client whilst at work
R v B
Successfully appealed a sentence imposed for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The defendant was 19 at the time of the offence and had significant mental health difficulties. The sentence was reduced from 2 years immediate in a young offenders institution to 16 months suspended for 2 years.
R-v-B and Others
Prosecution Junior for a multi-handed drugs conspiracy case, where the defence was that those involved were selling boxing tickets rather than class A drugs.
Represented a young man with serious mental health difficulties accused of section 18 wounding of a bus driver and two knife point robberies within an hour time period.
Represented an American football scholar student accused of rape.
Represented an investigative journalist charged with stalking and harassment of a father and a Judge.
Represented a defendant in a section 18 wounding case where the complainant had been slashed across the face by a masked male on his doorstep.