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Frances Pierce


Company
Dean Wilson LLP Solicitors Profile

Address
Ridgeland House, 165 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN3 1TL

Telephone: 01273 249200

Responsibilities

Frances heads thePersonal and Medical Injury Department at Dean Wilson LLP Solicitors, and, and is also a professional Deputy of the Office of the Public Guardian.

Career overview

Qualified - 15/09/1997

Specialisations

Frances is ranked in both the Legal 500 UK edition and in Tier 1 of Chambers UK Legal Directory in Personal Injury: mainly Claimant (Brighton and surrounds).

Frances acts for clients on a wide range of catastrophic injury claims. Sources describe her as "incredibly compassionate, but she maintains her professionalism very well," and "clearly the person that drives the team." - Chambers UK 2014

"Outstanding" head of department, Frances is noted for being "extremely thorough and leaving no stone unturned." - Chambers UK 2014

Frances has specialised in serious personal injury work for over 20 years. She was a FILEX before qualifying as a solicitor. Her work involves fatal accidents, severe brain and spinal injury, amputees and multiple injuries as well as severe post traumatic stress disorder. Frances has extensive experience of obtaining large awards for compensation through negotiation, court or mediation. Her thorough preparation, fair and uncompromising presentation of cases, makes her a formidable advocate for her clients.

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority accredited Personal Injury Panel
  • Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers ("PEOPIL")
  • Headway - The Brain Injury Association - Personal Injury Solicitors List
  • Brain Injury Social Workers Group ("BISWG")
  • British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers ("BABICM")
  • United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum
  • Kent and Sussex - Silverlining Charity
  • Legal Aid Agency - Independent Funding Adjudicator 2013-2016
  • President Kent Law Society 2011 - 2012
  • President Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society 2010 - 2011

Recent notable cases include:

In Mazur v Balfour Convenience Stores Ltd Frances secured a settlement for the Claimant at full value in excess of £6m. securing liability for a paperboy whose round had not been risk assessed. When he came out of a driveway on a blind bend, he was hit by a car (the driver of which was not to blame).

Another landmark case of mine is Jenkins v Young Brothers Transport, which is used regularly by solicitors when moving firms or assigning CFAs. The case went to the Court of Appeal. The case remains a leading authority on the assignment of CFAs.

In Richardson v Real 60 Football Club she acted for the claimant securing a six figure sum for a young man with a very severe leg injury as a result of an unlawful tackle. This case went to trial.

In AA v CC & MIB, the claimant secured periodical payments to stop and start at future and uncertain dates according to how his capacity progresses or deteriorates. A Tomlin Order with an agreed schedule (providing for the payment to cease when he regained capacity and re-start when he lost capacity) reconciled with the requirement at Rule 41(8)(a) to specify the annual amount of a periodical payment and the intervals at which it will be paid.

Personal

Frances was born in Canterbury and was a nanny before she qualified as a solicitor. Frances enjoys running, walking her two dogs and travel (especially to Australia). At one stage she had 17 dogs, when her black Labradors both produced puppies!



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