Frances gained her LLB (Hons) at Kings’ College, London University in 1983. She then attended Chester College of Law. She has been at Moon Beever where she trained, since 1984, qualifying in 1986, and a partner since 1988, becoming Managing Partner in 2000 and Senior Partner in 2014. She is also a founder partner of ShawnCoulson, an international association, of which Moon Beever is the London office.
She is Head of Insolvency and Litigation at Moon Beever running a substantial team of insolvency and litigation specialists. She undertakes most areas of personal and corporate insolvency, specialising in contentious insolvency especially cases involving fraud, as well as provisional liquidations and injunctive work generally.
She was a member of the disciplinary and admissions committees, then Chairman of the Appeal Committee at ACCA for ten years with good regulatory experience during and since that service. She is a member of Insol Europe (Council Member) and of Insol International, and the IBA. Frances is a regular speaker in the UK and abroad on insolvency, litigation and anti-fraud issues, and practice management. Frances was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.
Frances was formerly Chairman of the SPG Committee of R3, the Insolvency trade body representing 97% of licensed insolvency practitioners. She was President of R3 2011-2012, and remains a member of R3 Policy Group and on Council. She now chairs the R3 Fraud Group. She is Deputy Chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel, a charity dedicated to anti-fraud work, and a member of the Economic Crime Prevention Group. She is a Special Constable with the National Crime Agency.
She is interested in all things equestrian and canine, and spends her free time (such as it is) with her family and other animals.