Frances has been an employment lawyer for 20+ years specialising in supporting and advising employers from the private and third sectors. Having been a Partner for more than 10 years, Frances left private practice to join one of her most successful clients, a thriving veterinary business.
In addition to the basics – contracts of employment, policies, handbooks, discipline and grievance issues – Frances has vast experience in advising on a wide range of employment topics from TUPE, redundancy and discrimination to internal investigations, grievances and dismissals. Frances regularly appeared at the Employment Tribunal in Scotland and England with a high success rate.
Frances became involved in the third sector through her voluntary work with CVS Fife. She headed up a number of high-profile grievance and disciplinary investigations in the third sector which resulted in significant improvements and changes to internal processes and procedures. Frances’ involvement with the third sector went beyond her work; she was a Board member of CVS Fife for eight years and chaired the Fife Third Sector Interface for two years during its challenging transition to Fife Voluntary Action, one of Scotland’s most successful voluntary sector interfaces. After a break of four years Frances has recently re-joined the board of FVA as Vice-Chair.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Frances was an HR professional working in a variety of industries and services. After graduating from Heriot Watt University she progressed from HR Officer with a multinational electronics company to Regional HR Director with one of the UK’s largest food service companies before returning to Dundee University where she obtained her law degree.