Francesca specialises in personal injury claims on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Her personal injury practice has a particular emphasis on road traffic work and Francesca has a wealth of experience in motorcycle and pedestrian claims. This places her in a strong position to advise with accuracy on liability in these thorny disputes. Francesca also conducts catastrophic injury claims (see her serious injury CV on the right) and contributes useful assistance in complex quantum matters.
Being in Court on a frequent basis, Francesca has a sound feel for current judicial approach, particularly in relation to general damages in personal injury cases. Therefore, Francesca is often called upon to value claims involving multiple or complex injuries, extensive or intimate scarring.
Francesca is skilful at drafting detailed schedules and counter-schedules of loss. She is accustomed to drafting Part 35 questions for the attention of medical experts in personal injury claims, complimented by her experience in clinical negligence matters.
Francesca undertakes a wide range of advocacy including cost and case management conferences, interim applications, multi and fast track trials, appeals and inquests. Francesca is confident in conducting CCMCs with or without a costs draftsman.
Francesca is known amongst her instructing solicitors for being exceptionally personable and good with lay clients.
Catastrophic injury, Road traffic, Fraud, Credit Hire, Industrial Disease, Employers’ Liability, Public liability, Occupier’s Liability.
Francesca has recently been instructed in the following notable cases;
- Succeeded for the Defendant in a high court liability only trial in respect of a motorcycle vs car accident.
- Defended a claim pleaded at 1.9million in respect of a traumatic brain injury caused by a road traffic accident, leading to life changing symptoms, settled at 475,000.
- Succeeded against a large engineering company in an industrial disease claim for contact dermatitis.
- Succeeded for the Claimant in an important secondary victim claim D.R. v UK Insurance Ltd. - PTSD caused by a fatal road traffic accident, notwithstanding that the Claimant did not see the body of the Deceased
- Defence of a 400,000 Fatal Accident claim arising from a road traffic accident in which there was a double fatality.
- Obtained a settlement of 100,000 for a young woman blighted by scarring to her pelvis following a pedestrian vs car claim. The Claimant made an uneventful recovery from her hip injury but the scarring was a permanent disfigurement which required thorough evaluation, with input from both a plastic surgeon and psychiatrist.
LLB (Hons) The University of Liverpool
BVC Very Competent The City Law School, London
Jules Thorn (Major) Scholarship, Middle Temple