Francesca has a busy criminal practice defending and prosecuting a broad range of offences in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court. This has included appearing in cases involving violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty and confiscation proceedings. She has experience in representing vulnerable clients, including youths and those with mental health issues.
During the course of her pupillage at Red Lion Chambers, Francesca developed an interest in Modern Slavery offences. She assisted Kate Bex QC and Paul Evans on Operation Piberia, a county lines trafficking trial, and Riel Karmy Jones QC in researching and editing four sections of the 2019 edition of Archbold (Chapter 19 Offences Against the Person), including the section on Modern Slavery.
Francesca also has experience of inquests, having been instructed to assist Adam Wiseman QC in his role as Counsel to the inquest touching the death of Ellie Butler.
Prior to joining chambers Francesca worked at the Free Representation Unit as the Assistant Legal Officer representing pro bono clients in employment and social security matters. This included representing clients at tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Inner Temple – Profumo Scholarship and Major Exhibition Award.
Assisted Riel Karmy Jones QC in the updating and editing sections of Chapter 19 Offences against the person Archbold 2019