Francis Wilkinson

Called 2001

Whether your case is about finance or children, public law or private law, 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 forced marriage.  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.

He speaks regularly on family law and was the author in 2015 of Costs in Family Proceedings, which Lord Wilson considers should be a standard work.

He is an adjudicator of legal aid appeals.

If you would like any further information regarding Francis Wilkinson’s practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

Notable cases

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 2015.

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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