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Liz Francis

Managing Partner – Joint Head of Family & Divorce



Since qualifying in 1984, Liz has helped build Hanne & Co’s Family Department into one of the largest in London.

Liz advises on divorce (including recognition of divorces) and nullity and on financial claims on divorce, in particular dealing with mid to high-net-worth families, company structures and pensions. She has experience in cases where there are third party interests, and is also regularly instructed in respect of Pre-nuptial agreements.

In addition to the above Liz also advises on claims between unmarried couples including Trusts of Land and Schedule 1 claims.

Liz aims to resolve clients’ financial division following separation as constructively as possible to avoid expensive, upsetting and unpredictable court proceedings. She is proud to say that in most of her cases she manages to achieve settlement without the intervention of the courts. Liz particularly enjoys getting to know her clients and finding an efficient way to divide assets and income to produce a fair result.

Liz is a Resolution accredited and a trained collaborative lawyer and co-wrote a book entitled Divorce and Separation in Hong Kong published by Oxford University Press during the years she practiced in Hong Kong.

Outside of work, Liz enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and travel.

Recent / Notable experience

Advising Husband on a case involving many different business structures, significant property interests and hard to value options. Managing to achieve agreement without court proceedings being issued.

Advising Wife on a case involving a number of properties but also multiple pensions (both defined contribution and defined benefit) with a combined value of circa £2m requiring 3 actuarial reports. Managing to resolve matters following a private FDR.

Representing high profile Husband in case where there were 17 properties and other significant company assets. Managing to reach agreement at court FDR.

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What our clients say about Liz Francis
Legal 500

The ‘simply superb’ Elizabeth Francis ‘puts clients at ease’ and concentrates on advising on the financial issues that stem from relationship breakdown.

Client Testimonial

Thank you once again for all support over the last two years. You have made an emotionally charged and frightening experience as pain free as it could be.

Counsel from Coram Chambers

Liz is excellent at taking a strategic overview of a case and has a sensible and commercially minded approach. Liz is both business like and efficient and takes a realistic view of outcomes. She is incredibly supportive to clients and provides a costs effective and valuable service whether dealing with clients who have limited assets or those of high net worth.

Client Testimonial

Thank you so much for looking after me and making sure I did not become bitter and resentful. Life is really good for me now- very happy and lots planned.

Client Testimonial

Thank you, you are a star. How grateful I am to you

Client Testimonial

Just a little note to celebrate 2 years of having met you and to say a big THANK YOU! It’s been a hell of a roller coaster and the only good thing about all the procedures and hassle was that you were there! Thank you for all your help, advice, listening and all.

Client Testimonial

I would like to say Liz you are a wonderful solicitor and I am proud to have had you as mine. I can never thank you enough for all the hard work and kindness you have given me over the years. I now enjoy like to the full, I have a lovely partner we are engaged and very happy. So, my life has turned out good after all that upset.

Client Testimonial

Thank you so much for all your help and hard work. As a 50 year old woman cast aside for someone 20 years your junior believe me you need a reassuring, skilled professional on your side. I know it is what you do every day but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it.