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

Recent experience includes:

  • 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.
Publications
  • May 2020: HR Director Magazine: Businesses advised to proceed with caution regarding new furlough rules
  • May 2020: Scottish Financial News: Businesses advised to proceed with caution regarding new furlough rules
  • March 2019: Sexual harassment and the use of NDAs (post-Weinstein): The Scotsman
Year Qualified
  • 2003
Education
  • 2014, Senior Associate, HBJ Gateley
  • 2003 to 2014, Senior Associate, DLA Piper
  • Traineeship, DLA Piper 
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow Graduate School of Law
  • LLB Law Hons., University of Strathclyde
Professional memberships
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Employment Lawyers Association
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 

Catriona Dunning, Head of HR, Gap Group 

Ann Frances takes time to understand our business and provides easy to understand, good practical advice.  She is extremely knowledgeable and the advice she has provided us with is commercially astute and pragmatic

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

Catriona Dick, Head of HR, Zonal

I have been working with Ann Frances for over 5 years. In this time, we have collaborated closely to build strong and lasting HR solutions in a high growth PE backed firm. 

Ann Frances has a commercially focussed approach which enables her to lead from the front and (get) things done. She has delivered some major project work for FNZ, despite many obstacles along the way and is a trusted business partner to my team.

Richard Bolger, Chief Human Resources Officer, FNZ