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

Joined
1982

Admitted
1984

Expertise
Family & Divorce Law

 

Since qualifying in 1984, Liz has helped build Hanne & Co’s Family Department into one of the largest in London.

Liz has vast experience and has come across almost any matrimonial law situation possible. Her focus now is on financial issues flowing from  relationship breakdown and her areas of expertise include:

  • Divorce
  • Financial settlement upon divorce
  • Nuptial agreements
  • Trusts of Land disputes between unmarried couples
  • Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings

She has particular experience in cases involving business assets, properties with third party interests and  unusual or complex assets. Liz is also a Resolution accredited specialist (Cohabitation and TOLATA, Complex Financial Remedies 1 and Complex Financial Remedies 2).

Her approach is to assess the assets and claims at the earliest stage and, always look to settlement to avoid expensive, upsetting and unpredictable court proceedings. Her skill and experience mean that she achieves this in most of her cases.

Liz is a believer in alternative dispute resolution and will consider what may be appropriate in each case. Liz is also a trained collaborative lawyer and has successfully dealt with many cases using this method.

As she comments: “I like to look at the bigger picture and think it particularly important to give clear advice about the risks of litigation, and to be realistic and honest in my advice.”

However, where the situation requires, Liz will turn to litigation and her deeply forensic approach to unravelling and understanding the extent of assets not readily apparent is brought to bear on behalf of her clients.

Liz is an excellent listener and genuinely cares about her clients, aiming always to achieve the best outcome so they can move on with their lives emotionally and with financial security.

Liz co-wrote Divorce & Separation in Hong Kong published by Oxford University Press when she practiced in Hong Kong for some years in the 1990s.

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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Contact Liz

  • 020 7228 0017
  • elizabeth@hanne.co.uk

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
  • Court of Appeal case concerning validity of marriage
  • A case involving a well-known entertainer with a large and complicated asset base
  • A case involving the disregarding, from the matrimonial asset calculation, of an alleged large debt through the joining of a family member as an intervener