Liz Francis

Managing Partner

“The ‘simply superb’ Elizabeth Francis ‘puts clients at ease’ and concentrates on advising on the financial issues that stem from relationship breakdown.”- Legal 500



Family & Divorce Law

Liz has practised matrimonial law almost exclusively since qualification in 1984 and so has over 30 years’ experience. In 1990 she left the UK to work in Hong Kong, for Hampton Winter & Glynn solicitors. Whilst there she also co-wrote Divorce and Separation in Hong Kong, published by Oxford University Press. Liz returned to the UK and to Hanne & Co in 1994 and has concentrated on helping to build the family department into one of the largest in London.  She is a member of Hanne & Co LLP and is also Managing Partner.

Liz now concentrates on financial issues flowing from relationship breakdown. Her areas of expertise include divorce,  financial settlement upon divorce or separation, separation agreements and pre-nuptial agreements,  Trusts of Land disputes and Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings. She has a wealth of experience in cases where a spouse’s assets are held by other family members.

Liz is a good listener, will always look at the bigger picture and do her utmost to achieve the best outcome for her clients and to ensure they can move on in their lives without rancour but with financial security. She puts a high value on clarity of communication and on being responsive and realistic. She is a trained and enthusiastic collaborative lawyer and a member of South London Collaborative Lawyers. She is also an accredited Resolution Specialist in three areas (Complex Financial Remedies 1 and 2 and Cohabitation/Trusts of Land).

Out of work Liz enjoys cooking, skiing, reading and walking.

Further Testimonials
“Thank you once again for all support over the last two years. You have made an emotionally charged and frightening experience as pain free as it could be.”

“Liz is excellent at taking a strategic overview of a case and has a sensible and commercially minded approach. Liz is both business like and efficient and takes a realistic view of outcomes. She is incredibly supportive to clients and provides a costs effective and valuable service whether dealing with clients who have limited assets or those of high net worth.” Counsel from Coram Chambers

“Thank you so much for looking after me and making sure I did not become bitter and resentful. Life is really good for me now- very happy and lots planned.”

“Thank you, you are a star. How grateful I am to you”.

” Just a little note to celebrate 2 years of having met you and to say a big THANK YOU! It’s been a hell of a roller coaster and the only good thing about all the procedures and hassle was that you were there! Thank you for all your help, advice, listening and all.”

“I would like to say Liz you are a wonderful solicitor and I am proud to have had you as mine. I can never thank you enough for all the hard work and kindness you have given me over the years. I now enjoy like to the full, I have a lovely partner we are engaged and very happy. So, my life has turned out good after all that upset.”

“Thank you so much for all your help and hard work. As a 50 year old woman cast aside for someone 20 years your junior believe me you need a reassuring, skilled professional on your side. I know it is what you do every day but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it.’


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Notable Cases

  • Austin-Fell v Austin-Fell [1990] Fam 172
  • McGladdery v Moore & Ors [2005] EWHC 2287
  • Sinclair v Glatt (2009) EWCA Civ 176, [2009] 1 WLR 1845, [2009] 4 All ER 724, Times April 16th, 2009
  • X v X involving Schedule 1 Children Act claims where the father held assets of over £200 million
  • A v A Court of Appeal case concerning validity of marriage