Frances De Navarro

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2005

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“A good negotiator, with a firm yet friendly style.” Legal 500 2017

Frances read Law with Australian Law and Politics at the University of Nottingham, spending a year studying at the University of Melbourne on a scholarship. She was called to the Bar in 2005 by the Inner Temple and specialises in Family Law.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Appointments

  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Expertise

  • Family - Finance

    Frances is a family law specialist.  She has a particular interest in cases dealing with the financial division on divorce and is regularly instructed in high asset cases.

    Frances regularly advises in cases involving:

    • Freezing Injunctions
    • Setting Aside Dispositions
    • Complex Pension Issues
    • Inherited Wealth and Other Non-Matrimonial Assets
    • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
    • Business Valuations
    • Enforcement of Orders
    • Variation of Periodical Payments Orders.

    Frances also deals with cases involving property disputes between unmarried former cohabitants under TLATA 1996 and financial provision for children under Schedule One Children Act 1989.

    I v I and Others [2014] Blackburn Family Court

    Acted for the wife in financial proceedings in which an application was made to set aside the transfer of properties worth approximately £1 million by the husband to his associates prior to the commencement of divorce proceedings. Case settled on day four of five following cross examination of the husband and the third parties leading to a substantial award to the wife.

    Re W [2014]

    Advised on and drafted a pre-nuptial agreement in circumstances in which the parties’ assets were approximately £10 million.

    H v H [2014] Blackburn Family Court

    Financial proceedings that included issues over the valuation of the husband’s business interests and complexities in relation to pension sharing. The husband held a substantial pension fund within a SIPP that owned the company’s business premises. Settlement obtained.

    W v P [2013] Manchester County Court

    Acted for wife in a case in which the husband had shareholding in a large number of limited companies held in a complex corporate structure. Assets of approximately £2.5 million. Case settled after FDR.
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  • Family - Children

    Frances is a family law specialist. She has a wealth of experience of dealing with private law children cases in relation to Child Arrangements Orders.

    Frances also deals with applications for financial relief for unmarried parents under Schedule One Children Act (see practice profile Property and Private Client).

    Frances regularly advises in cases involving:

    • Allegations of domestic violence
    • Allegations of sexual abuse
    • Enforcement of Child Arrangements Orders
    • International relocation
    • Internal relocation within the UK
    • Special Guardianship Orders
    • Urgent hearings seeking summary return of children following wrongful retention or removal.

    D v D [2014] Manchester Family Court

    Acted for a mother in proceedings in which serious allegations of sexual abuse had been made by the children against their father. The matter proceeded to a fact finding hearing which lead to substantial findings being made against the father.

    A v A [2014] Lancaster Family Court

    Proceedings involving an issue over whether a party should be granted temporary leave to remove children to a non-Hague Convention country.

    H v H [2013] Manchester High Court

    Acted for grandparents who lived in the USA who had applied for residence of the children and leave to remove them from the UK to the USA. The application was granted.

    D v S [2013] Preston County Court

    Acted for mother who wished to relocate to France with the parties’ child. Application for leave to remove from the jurisdiction granted following contested hearing.
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  • Property and Private Client

    Frances regularly deals with property disputes between unmarried former cohabitants under TLATA 1996. This includes cases in which there are issues as to:

    • The beneficial ownership of a property that is held in the sole name of one party
    • Disputes in relation to the parties’ share of the equity in a jointly owned property
    • Occupation rent and equitable accounting
    • Orders for sale.

    She also has experience of dealing with applications for financial provision by unmarried parents under Schedule One Children Act 1989.

    I v I and Others [2014] Blackburn Family Court

    Acted in proceeding in which third parties to a divorce alleged beneficial ownership of properties worth approximately £1 million. Case settled on fourth day of five-day hearing.

    B v G [2014] Central London Family Court

    Advised and drafted pleadings in case between former cohabitants involving disputed ownership of property held in the sole name of one party.

    B v M [2014] Altrincham County Court

    Proceedings pursuant to schedule one Children Act in which housing was secured for the mother and child to live in for the duration of the child’s minority.

    J v N [2013] Manchester Family Court

    Advised and acted in financial proceedings between unmarried former cohabitants in which there were applications for financial provision under schedule one Children Act 1989 and for a beneficial interest in a property held in the sole name of one party. Case settled at an early hearing.
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  • Public Access

    Frances has extensive experience of dealing with cases under the direct public access scheme. She is a specialist in family law with a particular emphasis on the following areas:

    Financial Provision on Divorce

    Frances has a particular interest in cases dealing with the financial division on divorce and is regularly instructed in high asset cases.

    Frances regularly advises in cases involving:

    • Complex Pension Issues
    • Inherited Wealth and Other Non-Matrimonial Assets
    • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
    • Business Valuations
    • Enforcement of Orders
    • Variation of Periodical Payments Orders.

    Please see practice profile “Family Divorce” for more details.

    Property Disputes

    Frances regularly deals with property disputes between unmarried former cohabitants. This includes cases in which there are issues as to:

    • The beneficial ownership of a property that is held in the sole name of one party
    • Disputes in relation to the parties’ share of the equity in a jointly owned property
    • Occupation rent and equitable accounting
    • Orders for sale
    • Housing and capital provision for children under Schedule One Children Act.

    Please see practice profile “Property and Private Client” for more details.

    Child Arrangements Orders

    Frances is a family law specialist. She has a wealth of experience of dealing with private law children cases in relation to Child Arrangements Orders.

    Frances regularly advises in cases involving:

    • Disputes over which parent the children should live with
    • Disputes as to the level of contact between children and their non residence parent
    • Allegations of domestic violence
    • Allegations of sexual abuse
    • Enforcement of Child Arrangements Orders
    • International relocation
    • Internal relocation within the UK
    • Special Guardianship Orders.

    For more details please see practice profile “Private Children”.

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