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Work Department

Human RIghts.


Frances Swaine is Leigh Day’s managing partner and a partner in the human rights department. She started her career working in clinical negligence and still maintains a clinical negligence practice today, with over 20 years experience in that field, but her practice has now developed into the field of human rights and medical ethics. Frances specialises in securing the health and social care rights of those with learning disabilities and mental health problems through judicial review, as well as pursuing free-standing Human Rights Act claims on a wide variety of issues. She has a particular interest in Inquests and Inquiries into the deaths of individuals who have not had the mental capacity to take decisions for themselves.


Founder, Ethical Practice Foundation; Association of Child Abuse Lawyers; AvMA; Law Society’s clinical negligence panel.


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London > Private client > Court of protection

(Hall of Fame)

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The human rights department at Leigh Day includes a specialist Court of Protection team with an established practice in ‘best interests’ cases. The team receives regular referrals from the Official Solicitor in matters relating to deprivation of liberty, contact, residence and sexual relations. Jamie Beagent leads the practice. Another key contact is associate Anna Moore, who acts in a variety of health and welfare cases before the Court of Protection and is instructed both by family members and by the Official Solicitor on behalf of protected parties. In addition, she is an accredited legal representative under the Law Society’s mental capacity accreditation scheme. Frances Swaine is another recognised practitioner in this area.