Frances Lawley

Year of call 2007

Personal Injury

Practice Summary

Frances represents both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters including road traffic accidents, employers liability claims and public liability claims. She has a particular interest in credit hire litigation and defending fraudulent claims. She appears at hearings on both liability and quantum and is also available to draft pleadings or to provide advice in writing or in conference.

Frances has a keen interest in the field of credit hire litigation. She accepts instructions from both claimants and defendant insurers and is attuned to the various issues involved including the impact of litigation on the lay client. Frances has a wealth of experience in drafting pleadings in complex matters as well as drafting Part 18 requests and replies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Credit Hire
  • Employers Liability
  • Public Liability
  • Fraudulent Claims

Notable cases

  • F v B (2017) – representing the claimant who suffered a below knee amputation in an accident at work to JSM. Schedule of Loss totaling over £1million including claims for prosthetics.
  • T v J (2017) – advising and drafting pleadings in a claim based on the Animals Act 1971 following injury caused by a dog.
  • W v HGL (2017) – representing the defendant in an action brought by a former employee who claimed a gradual onset injury arising from repetitive tasks carried out during the course of his employment.
  • M v MIB (2017) – pleading an action against the MIB and advising the claimant on quantum involving a complex loss of earnings claim.
  • B v TE (2017) – representing the successful defendant landowner in an action involving a slipping incident at an outdoor music festival.
  • G v B (2017) – advising the claimant in an action following an accident at work in which the claimant was injured as a result of a workplace ‘prank’.
  • S v W (2016) – advising the defendant driver following a collision with a pedestrian.
  • W v CC (2016) – representing the successful defendant landowner in an action involving a slip on an icy pavement.


Frances has presented seminars on the following topics:

  • Credit hire litigation
  • Case Preparation and Evidence
  • Civil Procedure
  • The Rehabilitation Code

Professional Associations

Frances is a member of the following organisations:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Leeds and West-Yorkshire Medico-legal Society Lincoln's Inn
  • North Eastern Circuit

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