“extraordinarily good from a client perspective"

Francesca is a skilled employment lawyer, with extensive experience acting on both sides of the negotiating table. From recruitment to termination, she handles the full spectrum of employment law matters, advising clients in a variety of sectors including but not limited to legal, financial and other professional services, technology, education, medicine, aviation and defence. She has a particular interest in acting for regulated clients.

Francesca is a smart litigator, who has successfully represented employers and senior executives in the Employment Tribunal. She regularly pursues and defends claims for discrimination, sexual misconduct, breach of contract, unfair dismissal, and whistleblowing. She understands the impact that dealing with stressful workplace situations can have on those involved, and works hard to put her clients at ease.

She has a proven track record of acting with compassion and clarity, cutting through the legalese to provide practical, strategic and user-friendly advice. She has been described as a “talented lawyer”, notable for her “thoughtful and well-informed advice”.

Francesca regularly presents seminars and briefings for clients. She also writes for a number of personnel trade journals and online publications.

What clients and directories say

"Extraordinarily good from a client perspective.” 

“Your advice has been excellent—and also your support. I could not have hoped for a better team. I will certainly recommend you.” 

“Utterly fabulous” and “totally professional”


Recent cases

  • Representing professional services firms in unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims and advising on harassment and blackmail allegations.
  • Advising senior executives employed by a national newspaper and a city lobby group, respectively, in connection with their termination and potential sex discrimination claims.
  • Advising a corporate client in connection with allegations of employee fraud and internal investigations.
  • Advising a leading fashion brand in relation to multiple redundancies, performance management issues and employee grievances.
  • Representing a public sector body and a leading accountancy firm, respectively, in connection with complex disability discrimination claims.
  • Advising a company director in connection with disciplinary action being taken against him, and his grievances against his employer.
  • Advising well-known firms in respect of flexible working, reasonable adjustments, bonus and commission schemes, restrictive covenants, and the drafting of handbooks, employment contracts and service agreements.




Professional societies and memberships


Insight from Francesca

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The “Great Resignation”? Things to consider for employers and employees

‘Shecession’: what can be done to prevent the decline of women’s economic empowerment?

What have we learned from the Senior Managers and Certification Regime?

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Are We Doing Enough?

What constitutes “normal” remuneration for the purposes of calculating holiday pay, and should pay in respect of voluntary overtime be included?

Mental Health Awareness Week - how employers can help #endthestigma

How to write a reference – Hincks v Sense Network Ltd

Transforming culture in financial services – keeping up with the debate

IWD: Women: like men, only cheaper – understanding unequal pay and gender pay reporting

Thriving at work – better mental health support for individuals in the workplace

World Mental Health Day: dealing with mental health issues in the workplace

FCA and PRA regulatory references - what do the new rules mean in practice?

Live well for [doing] less? Not for one Sainsbury’s employee…

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime: the latest

IWD: Access to justice for working mums: so near and yet so far

Injury to feelings award in sex discrimination case: manifestly excessive? The EAT doesn’t think so

Drug testing in the workplace - the difficulties for employers

Managing difficult characters in the workplace - how do you solve a problem like Mario?

Top tips for managing compassionate leave

Restrictive covenants - top 10 tips for employees

Restrictive covenants - top 10 tips for prospective employers

Restrictive covenants - top 10 tips for an employer

Legal update: Admissibility of evidence from disciplinary and grievance meetings at Tribunal Hearings

Employment Law changes are afoot…

Dear Employee, get well soon. Love from Her Majesty’s Government

Retaining talent in a world where age shouldn’t matter

Should obesity be protected by disability discrimination legislation?

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