Expertise

Ann Frances has specialised exclusively in Employment Law for over a decade. She has vast experience advising on TUPE & workforce restructuring, industrial relations & strike action, enforcing restrictive covenants, handling Board and C-Suite severance negotiations & settlement agreements, employment fraud, international mobility, discrimination as well as disciplinary, performance and ill health management. She is an experienced litigator and regularly appears in Employment Tribunals across the UK.

Her clients include several PLCs, household name organisations, banks and financial institutions, public sector employers as well as SMEs. Ann Frances has also acted for several senior executives across the UK and internationally. Ann Frances acts for clients in a variety of sectors including Financial Services, Health, Industrials, Retail & Consumer and Transport.

Ann Frances is an experienced employment law trainer and regular speaker at specialist seminars for HR professionals and in-house lawyers.

Experience
  • Provided strategic advice on business transfer and outsourcing, large scale redundancies and contract harmonisation to a global security and aerospace company. Provided training to its UK and US management team on the key aspects of UK employment law.
  • Advised the Board of a large plc on potential financial exposure and determining future cross Group strategy in light of developments in holiday pay.
  • Successfully defended employers, including several airline and well known logistics companies, in claims before the Employment Tribunals including unfair dismissal, equal pay, discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract.
  • Advised public sector client on managing ballot and strike action in a high profile collective dispute over terms and conditions.
  • Provided integration advice to a Scottish based Banking Group including a review and replacement exercise on a complete suite of employment contracts and policies operating UK wide across multiple business divisions.
  • Assisted a public sector organisation with a potentially high profile public interest disclosure investigation amid claims of bullying and financial impropriety.
Testimonials

“Ann Frances has been our employment law advisor for the last decade. She is knowledgeable, pragmatic and makes it her business to understand our ethos which has allowed our HR Strategies to move forward in the right direction for the company. Ann Frances is a pleasure to work with and her dedication is unrivalled”

Steve Suttie, Head of HR, Slater Menswear

"Ann Frances provides excellent and pragmatic employment law advice. Above all, she understands our business so can guide us through the legal maze to achieve commercially sensible results. I cannot recommend her highly enough”

Sarah Williams, Senior Vice President Central HR and People Development, Menzies Aviation

"Ann Frances takes time to understand our business and provides easy to understand, good practical advice. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her."

Catriona Dick, Head of HR, Zonal

Professional memberships
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
Education
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow Graduate School of Law
  • LLB Law Hons., University of Strathclyde
  • Year qualified - 2003
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