Francesca is currently a trainee solicitor in the regulatory department at Stephensons.
Francesca studied Law at Nottingham Trent University and graduated with an upper second class honours degree in 2013. Francesca joined the criminal justice and regulatory department shortly after in July 2013 as a graduate paralegal. Francesca successfully completed the Legal Practice Course, whilst working part-time, in March 2015 and was awarded a commendation from the University of Law in Manchester.
Francesca successfully obtained a training contract at the firm, which she began in February 2016. Francesca is currently undertaking her final six month seat within the regulatory department.
Francesca assists the partners and solicitors, specialising in professional discipline. Francesca primarily acts for professional clients facing proceedings before their professional regulators in fitness to practise and registration proceedings. Francesca assists clients facing proceedings before the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Dental Council, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, CILEx Regulation and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, amongst others.
Francesca also assists in defending businesses facing proceedings before their professional regulators, in particular care providers facing enforcement action by the Care Quality Commission and nurseries facing enforcement action by Ofsted.
In addition, Francesca also assists the partners and solicitors within the regulatory department specialising in numerous areas involving business crime, fraud and financial crime, POCA proceedings, criminal offences and inquests. Francesca also has experience in working on environmental cases and defending clients facing prosecution by Trading Standards.