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Frances specialises in the international commodities trade, including in relation to crude oil, petroleum products, LNG, coal, metals and 'soft' commodities such as sugar, coffee and soy beans. 

Frances is a partner in Reed Smith’s market-leading Energy and Natural Resources Group and is described in Legal 500 UK 2022 as, “Very prompt in understanding the issues at stake and adapting sharply to the client’s interests”. She has a special insight into the operations of clients in the energy and commodities industry, having worked as in-house counsel at a privately owned exploration and production group between 2014 and 2016.


  • Nottingham Law School, 2008, LPC, Distinction
  • BPP Law School, London, UK, 2007, Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction
  • University of York, 2006, B.A., History, First Class with Honours

  • Solicitor Advocate (juridictions supérieures)