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Francesca
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Francesca Fothergill

Called 1994

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

Francesca’s clients are mostly wealthy business people, professionals (accountants, solicitors, doctors) and landowners.

She renowned nationally for her particular expertise in cases involving farms and landed estates and the connected issues of inherited wealth, family settlements, partnerships and third-party interests.

Francesca is described as being tenacious, fearless, and straightforward, yet also a highly effective and determined negotiator, keen to achieve sensible settlement when appropriate.

Francesca welcomes instructions to sit as a private FDR judge.

Everything you could want from Counsel - easy to work with, readily puts clients at ease, detailed and analytical preparation, an all round strategic thinker, combined with compelling advocacy and cross examination. Above all else she is on your side and tenacious in representing clients.

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Areas Of Expertise

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Family: Property & Finance
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Recommendations
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Legal 500 2021

"A fearsome opponent and a superb advocate who has the ability to think on her feet like no other."

Chambers UK 2021

"She is very thorough, detailed and direct with the client in a tactful way."

Chambers UK 2020

"Extremely competent matrimonial finance advocate. Very clear in her advice and meticulous in her preparation."

Chambers UK 2019

"She is 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 is also very bright. She is good at grasping the intricacies of a case."

Legal 500 2018 (Tier 1)

"Francesca is good at dealing with complex cases, and particularly good with difficult clients and opponents."

Notable Cases
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VO v VO: Long marriage between elderly couple with issues of substantial inherited wealth (£8 million) and the extent to which that wealth should be treated as matrimonial. Contested medical evidence in relation to both earning capacity and future needs.

M v M: Enforcement of separation agreement. Assets £11 million. Analysis of autonomy and the effect of the agreement, Wells v Wells sharing, respective earning capacities and post-separation accrual.

W v W: H had significant business assets in UK, Europe and SE Asia (ca. £10 million). Complicated issues of taxation, relevance of pre-marital wealth and post -separation accrual

C v F: Couple with extensive interests in travel industry in UK and in Caribbean. Issues of illiquidity, projected profitability and taxation consequences. Relevance of pre-marital wealth.

W v W: Farming case. Contested accountancy evidence in relation to future profitability, maintainable income and liquidity. Contested medical evidence as to ability to work. 

W v W: Assets comprising property development and royalty income streams. Business valuations all contested.

T v C: Farming case. Strongly contested allegations of conduct litigated at final hearing. Sale of farm obtained on grounds of liquidity and lack of credibility.

T v T: Application for nullity based on lack of capacity and non-consummation.  Successful at trial and declaration of nullity obtained.

Personal Details
Education

Somerville College, Oxford. MA (Oxon) 2.1 Modern History.

City University Diploma in Law

Inns of Court School of Law (Very Competent)

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FLBA

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