Frances Lawley

Year of call 2007


Practice Summary

Frances has experience of a wide range of commercial, chancery and property matters. Her practice encompasses commercial and property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant, professional negligence and boundary disputes.

Frances has particular experience of claims for registration of village greens and the Commons Act 2006.

Frances is able to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Consumer Credit Litigation 
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Professional Negligence
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
  • Commons Act 2006
  • Employment Law

Notable Cases

  • GSFL v B38L (2017) – representing a property management company on a direct access basis in a multi-party dispute involving their customer and sub-contractor.
  • SCR (2017) – advising the proposed claimant in relation to a professional negligence matter against solicitors who drafted his parents’ Wills.
  • VM (2015-17) – representing a telecommunications operator in various matters arising out of negligent damage to their domestic and subsea network. Disputes have included:
    • the appropriate jurisdiction for a claim arising out of damage to subsea cables where the proposed defendant was domiciled outside of the jurisdiction;
    • the identification of the appropriate defendant in multi-party construction disputes; and
    • issues surrounding the recoverability of uplifts calculated pursuant to NRSWA in negligence actions.
  • JH v F (2016) – representing a third party manufacturer in consumer credit litigation.
  • LCC v E (2016) – advising a local authority and school in a dispute relating to the defective construction of a temporary classroom.
  • M v Y (2014) - successful appeal against the decision to refuse an application to set aside default judgment in a case with a clear dispute as to quantum albeit liability was admitted.
  • A v YCC (2014) - advising a council on various threatened claims in nuisance arising out of a significant extension to a Park and Ride scheme.
  • B v LCC (2014) - advising a council on a nuisance claim arising out of a flood defence project.
  • C v I (2012) - appeared for a claimant who successfully pursued a claim for damages for breach of contract following defective workmanship in erecting her conservatory. The claim involved expert evidence relating to the quality of workmanship and the quality of the product supplied by a third party.
  • C v B (2012) - appeared for a claimant who successfully pursued a claim for damages where a debt recovery agent failed to account for recovered monies.
  • D v C (2012) - appeared for a claimant who successfully pursued a claim for damages for breach of contract where renovations to the claimant's mobile home did not accommodate facilities for his needs arising out of his disability.
  • B v C (2012) - advising a consumer in relation to her rights to reject a vehicle which did not comply with description under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Consumer Credit Act 1974.


  • Village Greens and the Commons Act 2006
  • Civil Procedure Update
  • Limitation Act 1980

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