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Frances Swaine

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Leigh Day

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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.


Family, walking, theatre, travel.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Leading individuals

Frances Swaine - Leigh Day

Within: Court of protection

Sean Humber  leads a ‘strong team’ at Leigh Day that is ‘dedicated, well organised and gets results for its clients’. Anna Moore  is an ‘exceptionally committed lawyer with excellent judgement’. Kate Egerton  ‘takes time to really understand a case and is always on top of the detail’. Frances Swaine  is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor in best interest applications. The team is acting in Court of Protection proceedings about the care and residence of a woman with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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