“extraordinarily good from a client perspective"

Francesca joined the firm in December 2012 and specialises in all aspects of employment law, having completed her training contract at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

She advises a wide variety of individual and corporate clients on contentious and non-contentious matters including:

  • company handbooks, policies and procedures;
  • redundancy situations;
  • employment contracts, consultancy and service agreements, and settlement agreements;
  • unfair, constructive and wrongful dismissal;
  • discrimination and whistleblowing claims;
  • business restructuring and reorganisation;
  • restrictive covenants, confidentiality, intellectual property and team moves;
  • data protection issues; and
  • day to day HR management.

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

Francesca graduated from the University of Oxford in 2008, following which she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP London.

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.” 

 

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.

 

publications

 

Professional societies and memberships

 

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Blogs

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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Contact Francesca

+44 (0)20 7814 1296

flopez@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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