Francesca Fothergill

Call: 1994

Introduction

Francesca’s practice covers all aspects of matrimonial finance provision, with an emphasis on high value cases, often involving contested business valuation issues, complex trust and tax structures and third party intervention.

Francesca’s clients are mostly wealthy business people, professionals (accountants, solicitors, doctors) and landowners.
She is renowned nationally for her particular and extensive expertise in cases involving farms and landed estates and the connected issues of inherited wealth, family settlements, partnerships and third-party interests. She understands the underlying nuances of this type of case and brings a skill to this area which is recognised in nationwide instruction.

In court, Francesca has a reputation for being tenacious, fearless, and straightforward. Yet she is also a highly effective, determined negotiator and she is keen to achieve sensible settlement when appropriate.

Francesca worked during her early years at the Bar in the offices of Stanbrook & Hooper in Brussels and she is fluent in French.
Francesca is happy to travel and to attend solicitors and lay clients near to their offices and homes.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • Somerville College, Oxford B.A (Hons) 2.1. Modern History
  • Diploma in Law, City University
  • Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent)
  • Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar
  • Oakham School

Professional Associations:

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Agricultual Lawyers Association

What the Directories Say:

  • “Extremely competent matrimonial finance advocate. Very clear in her advice and meticulous in her preparation.” – Chambers UK 2019
  • “She’s really good at building a rapport with clients, she’s really bright, she has a great brain.” – Chambers UK 2018
  • “A formidable advocate, very good with agricultural cases and very approachable.” “Her practical knowledge is great and she’s also very bright. She has a good brain and is good at grasping the intricacies of the case.” – Chambers UK
  • “Francesca is good at dealing with complex cases, and particularly good with difficult clients/opponents.” – Legal 500 (Ranked Tier 1)
  • “She is very knowledgeable and well known for farming cases.” – Chambers UK
  • “She is very well prepared, with sound judgement and a direct approach.” – Chambers UK

Recent Experience:

  • Counsel for husband in matter in which assets £860 million and issue was of relative contributions/treatment of pensions.
  • Counsel for wife in financial remedy matter with assets ca. £110 million; issues of delay, post separation accrual and identification of marital assets.
  • Junior Counsel for wife in case with assets £45 million and complex arguments in relation to company valuations and pre-acquired assets/passive accrual.
  • Counsel for husband in case in which jurisdiction challenged on grounds of domicile, court determined relevance of French pre-nuptial agreement and issues of non-disclosure and adverse inference.
  • Counsel for wife in farming case ca. £8 million with issues as to liquidity, viability of estate/farm, value of mineral rights and preliminary issue in Chancery Division as to assets in partnership.
  • Counsel for husband in P v P, involving market gardening business (assets £5 million) and complicated arguments with regard to valuation methodology and liquidity.

My Expertise