Frances Spooner > Marriott Harrison LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Marriott Harrison LLP
80 Cheapside

Work Department

Corporate, M&A, Venture Capital, Private Equity


Partner in Marriott Harrison’s Corporate team. Frances advises clients in a range of sectors on corporate and corporate finance matters including venture capital, venture debt, private equity, M&A and a wide range of other corporate matters. Frances has also worked with tech start-ups and growth companies and is actively developing a growing practice in this area through her involvement with initiatives such as Sie, an organisation which seeks to drive more capital towards female founders.


Joined Marriott Harrison in 2010, Partner since 2021.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

(Next Generation Partners)

Frances Spooner  – Marriott Harrison LLP

Under the guidance of the ‘commercial and practical’ David Strong, Marriott Harrison LLP continues to gain market share and is recognised for its ‘very responsive and cost-efficient’ service and ‘diligent execution of transactions’. Although the team continues to develop its investee offering, it remains best-known for its advice to institutional investors, including core clients Accel, Balderton and Lightspeed, particularly in relation to Series A and B financings. Frances Spooner has an excellent understanding of investor requirements, having spent time in her career on secondment at VC funds, and is developing a core focus on impact investing, as well as work for female founders. David Bettis provides ‘very reactive and pragmatic’ advice to core institutional clients, as well as a number of pan-European funds. Other key individuals include the ‘knowledgeable and meticulous’ Graham Halliday, who was recently promoted to partner, and Daniel Jacob, who is ‘innovative in finding solutions’ for entrepreneurs and companies. The team also has ‘a strong bench of diligent associates’, including Kimberley Lam’s Descamps, who is ‘calm, reliable and efficient’.