Francis Wilkinson

Called 2001

Whether your case is about finance or children, you can have complete confidence in Francis conducting it.  He has wide experience in all aspects of family law, from child support to trusts of land, from financial remedies on divorce to abduction.  He specialises in costs appeals in family cases.  He is notably thorough and identifies and focuses on the essential features of every case.  He has an enviable record of success in the cases he undertakes.

Francis is the co-author of Costs in Family Proceedings which in his foreword to the first edition, Lord Wilson of the Supreme Court described as: ‘a magisterial book. …Our library here will stock this book. Family practitioners should in my view expect that all family judges will want to work from it.’

Francis is an adjudicator of legal aid appeals. He speaks regularly on family law.

If you would like more information about Francis’ practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.



Notable cases

Re B (A child) [2019] EWCA Civ 29 successfully resisted an application for costs by an appellant who had succeeded on appeal

Re D (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 89 Represented the successful mother in an appeal relating to the father’s contact and the Court upheld a bar on him starting further proceedings without the court’s permission.  The Court of Appeal also considered how contact supervision should be paid for.

Re C (Publication of Judgment) [2015] EWCA Civ 500; [2016] 1 FLR 495 A long-running private law children case in which a 11 year old refused to see his father, and the Court of Appeal considered whether it was in the public interest for the first instance judgment to be published or not.

P v G (Family Law Act 1986:Jurisdiction) [2010] 2 FLR 1888; [2010] EWHC 1311 (Fam). Francis acted for the defendant in a case that clarified the provisions of child law where English and Scottish jurisdictions are involved.

Stack v Dowden [2007] UKHL 17 in which the House of Lords decided how the homes of separating cohabitants should be divided between them. Francis was instructed throughout the case.

AB v CB [2012] EWHC 3841 (Fam) Francis acted for the successful husband in a jurisdictional dispute with divorce proceedings in India.


BA (Hons) (Dunelm)

Professional memberships
  • FLBA
  • Francis is the Author of Costs in Family Proceedings 
  • Francis has published articles on marital contracts, the Land Registration Rules as they affect ancillary relief, the sharing of pensions on divorce and children giving evidence.
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