Frances specialises in advising developers, farmers, estate owners and public authorities in relation to acquisitions, disposals and management of their rural and agricultural properties.
Frances is one of Scotland's leading experts on Land Registration, and heads up our groundbreaking Land Registration team. She works closely with the Registers of Scotland, the Law Society of Scotland, Professor Robert Rennie and other key stakeholders in shaping law and practice following the overhaul of land and property law under the Land Registration etc (Scotland) Act 2012.
In addition, Frances is a member of the Property Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, and a member of a Working Party which in conjunction with the Law Society and the Property Standardisation Group (PSG) creates standardised residential conveyancing documentation for use throughout the profession. She regularly writes publications and provides training to solicitors and other professionals on property law and conveyancing, including in relation to title conditions, access rights, land reform and registration matters.
Frances is also the author of the third edition of the Conveyancing volume of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia. The Encyclopaedia comprises 25 volumes, within which 130 titles cover the whole spectrum of Scots Law, thus providing the only comprehensive narrative statement of the law of Scotland. Written by leading professionals and academics, the Encyclopaedia ranks among a select group of publications which is cited with approval before the courts and is the cornerstone of law libraries throughout Scotland for both practitioners and academics alike. The Conveyancing volume, which is updated every 10-15 years, is an up-to-date and authoritative source of the law and practice on such topics as missives, the structure and content of deeds, signature and delivery, electronic conveyancing, insolvency, succession, securities, LBTT and land registration.
She is a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 Guide to the profession and was Highly Commended in the Rising Star of the Year category at the 2016 Scottish Legal Awards.
Qualifications: LLB (Hons); LLM (with Distinction); Dip LP
Joined the firm: 2012