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Frances Lawley

Barrister (Director), DWF in Leeds

Frances joined DWF Chambers in April 2020 after over eleven years' experience at the self-employed bar where her practice encompassed personal injury, commercial, chancery and property work.
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Frances has significant experience of personal injury litigation including all elements of EL, PL and RTA litigation as well as high value credit hire disputes and allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty. Her commercial, chancery and property experience includes contract, partnership and property disputes, commercial tenancies, business interruption, professional negligence, boundary disputes and easements. She also has some experience of planning and construction work. Frances is also well versed in all of the procedural and costs elements which arise from her substantive practice. Frances is available for oral advocacy as well as advisory work (both in writing and in conference) and drafting of pleadings.  

In May 2020 Frances was appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the North Eastern Circuit. Frances is an accredited advocacy trainer and regularly provides training for pupils and new practitioners on the North Eastern Circuit. She has also provided advocacy training for other professionals through a professional skills training partnership. Frances also has experience of providing training on legal updates via seminar, articles and mock trials. 
Away from the Bar, Frances enjoys reading, hiking and cinema. She is a  trustee of Abbey Multi-Academy Trust and a BSB external examiner. 


  • Deputy District Judge (North Eastern Circuit) 


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • PIBA