Francesca is best known as a specialist in charity law, an area in which she has been working for the whole of her career to date. Her interest in charity law dates from the time when she was reading law as an undergraduate at King’s College, London.
Charity law naturally overlaps with distinct areas of law in which Francesca also practises which impinge on the activities of charities. These include education, housing, ecclesiastical law and aspects of public law. It also extends to those areas which affect people who wish to support charities, such as wills, trusts and tax, in which Francesca is often asked to advise regardless of any specific charity involvement.
A good deal of Francesca’s work is non-contentious but she often finds herself advising charities in trouble, whether financial, constitutional or regulatory, or acting for one side or another in disputes within, between or involving charities.
Francesca is recommended by the directories as a Star Individual for Charity law. “She is outstanding and enormously experienced – there is no one better to turn to.” (Charities, Chambers UK, 2017)
For many years she has been involved, either alone or with others, in writing and editing charity law texts including Sweet & Maxwell’s Charities: The Law and Practice and the Charities volumes of Butterworth’s Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents.