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 Arguments Surrounding 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, financial provision for children under Schedule One Children Act 1989 and child support appeals.
S v S (2018) St Helens Family Court
Acted for the wife in a case in which the majority of the assets derived from the sale proceeds of the husband’s shareholding in a company.
The husband sought a departure from equal division on the basis that his shareholding was acquired prior to the marriage. He also sought to argue that he had settled a large proportion of the sale proceeds of the shares into a trust in favour of his adult children from a previous relationship.
Result – The assets were divided 50:50. The Court rejected to husband’s arguments in relation to the trust and non-matrimonial property.
R v D (2017) Manchester Family Court
Acted for the wife in a case in which was factually complex due to the basis upon assets were held and the tax consequences of any order.
The parties were joint shareholders in a company, which traded from land that was personally owned by the parties. The company had been financed using a large, personal, commercial loan.
The husband sought an immediate sale of all of the assets, including the company and the land and the division of the any net sale proceeds. The wife sought to argue that such an approach would trigger large tax charges but with careful planning these immediate tax charges could be avoided. The wife sought a transfer of the company and the land into her name.
Result – Land and company transferred to the wife upon a lump sum being paid to the husband.
R v R (2017) Liverpool Family Court
Case involving confirmation of Canadian order for child support and spousal maintenance via REMO.
Re: MS and DK (2017)
Instructed to draft a nuptial agreement on behalf of a party who had previously suffered a severe brain injury and who had a Financial Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection to manage his financial affairs. The party had previously been awarded c. £2 million in damages following a personal injury claim.
Re: S (2017)
Instructed to draft a pre-nuptial agreement on behalf of a Premier League footballer.
B v B (2016) Central London Family Court
Acted for husband who was seeking variation of a joint lives spousal periodical payments order of c. £5,000 per month following the loss of his job.
Result: Periodical payments order varied to a nominal order and a term imposed so that order would expire at husband’s retirement age.
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.