Francesca Snape

Associate Solicitor


Francesca is an associate solicitor in the regulatory department specialising in health and social care regulation and professional discipline.

Ofsted & CQC regulation

Francesca represents registered providers and managers facing enforcement action by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In particular, Francesca provides advice on compliance; challenging inspections, enforcement action and appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Care Standards Chamber).

Francesca assists in drafting representations in relation to inspection reports and ratings. Francesca also assists in challenging warning notices, welfare requirements notices and statutory requirements notices, as well as decisions to cancel, suspend, or impose conditions on registration. Where Ofsted or CQC have issued a decision, Francesca assists in appeals to the first-tier tribunal.

Professional discipline

Francesca represents and advises a wide range of professionals across a number of sectors before their professional regulators. Francesca acts for professionals in the healthcare, education and counselling and psychotherapy sectors. Francesca assists professionals facing fitness to practise proceedings, from the initial referral and investigation stages, interim order hearings, through to final fitness to practise panel hearings and appeals against decisions of regulators. Francesca also assists with registration proceedings and appeals.

Francesca has assisted professionals with cases before:

  • General Medical Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • General Dental Council
  • National College for Teaching & Leadership
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • Association of Child Psychotherapists

Francesca is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).

What clients say

"I manage a team of Barristers and am fortunate to be instructed by Stephensons Solicitors. The quality of the instructions are second to none, they are true experts in the areas of law they cover and it is clear that they do everything possible to get the very best result for their clients. There are some members of the team that I see go above and beyond the service levels provided by many top firms. These include Carl Johnson, Correna Platt, Francesca Snape, Alison Marriott, Colin Rawson & John Greenwood. All amazingly committed to their clients. I can't recommend them enough." - View from a barrister

"I would like to thank the regulatory team at Stephensons for their outstanding knowledge, advice, guidance and professionalism while they were handling my case. I highly recommend Stephensons regulatory lawyers to any health professional who wishes to register and practice in the UK as they have been extremely helpful and supportive throughout." - View from a satisfied client

“Francesca flawlessly co-ordinated my process from start to finish. Diligent, attentive and responsive to every twist and turn in my situation. I felt totally respected and understood. I never had any doubts about how everything was being handled. All calls and emails were handed quickly. She would answer any questions no matter how small. She was patient and always had enough time to help.” - View from a satisfied client

"I would like to thank Francesca Snape for all her help in a difficult situation. Francesca was not only professional but handled our case with compassion and empathy. The outcome for us was positive and without her help we feel it could have been a far different outcome." - View from a satisfied client