Frances Woods

Partner, Head of Litigation

 Fran is a Partner and Head of the Litigation Department.

She obtained Law Degree with Honours from the University of Wolverhampton and qualified as a Solicitor in June 2009.

Fran specialises in civil litigation, including commercial and contractual disputes, individual disputes (including those relating to money and land), Landlord and Tenant disputes, contested Will and Inheritance Disputes and employment issues including unfair dismissal, settlement and compromise agreements.   Her experience covers claims in  both the High Court and County Court.

She is a Registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist and a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. (A.C.T.A.P.S.)

High Court Judgment
Poole v Everall and one other [2016] EWHC 2126 (Ch)


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    • Posted on October 2, 2020
      While the Government consults on its ideas for speeding up and simplifying the planning system, now could be a good time to sort out any problems with land in your commercial property portfolio, so that you are ready to go if a great opportunity comes along.
    • Posted on November 29, 2019
      If you have put your life plans on hold to help out a family member who has promised to leave you land or property in their will by way of reward, you will understandably feel aggrieved where they fail to make good on this.

      Whether there is anything you can do about it depends on the circumstances and in particular whether the facts of your case entitle you to ask the court to enforce the terms of the promise.
    • Posted on November 15, 2019
      Everyone has the right to make a Will leaving their money and property to whomsoever they choose. But what happens where decisions about who gets what have been unfairly influenced by another person? Does the Will stand or can it be challenged by relatives who are convinced that it was made under duress?
    • Posted on March 29, 2018
      There are good and bad in both tenants and landlords. Tenants may pay their rent on time and look after the place they call home, or they may not. Landlords may observe their obligations to their tenants, including the requirement to keep the rented property in good repair, or they may not. However, failure of landlords to observe their duties to their tenants carries a far greater potential penalty than that for tenants and the law is very much weighted in a tenant’s favour to ensure that tenants are not taken advantage of by unscrupulous landlords
    • Posted on January 23, 2018
      There are a number of common misunderstandings about Wills and the rules surrounding them. Many adults have not yet made a Will either through fear it means that they will die or that it doesn’t really matter as you trust your loved ones to “do the right thing”. However, if you have not made a Will, it may be the case that your loved ones, even if honourable enough to “do the right thing”, will not be the ones who are able to make those decisions.
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