Frances McCormack (THIRD SIX PUPIL)

Third Six Pupil

Year of Call: 2019

Frances joined 5SAH after successfully completing pupillage with the CPS. She has extensive experience in prosecuting a variety of criminal hearings; undertaking work in both the Magistrates’ Court & Crown Court & extradition hearings at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Overview

Frances joined 5SAH after successfully completing pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Frances has extensive experience in prosecuting a variety of criminal hearings; undertaking work in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court in relation to a variety of offences.  During her pupillage at the CPS, Frances was supervised in the Complex Casework Unit.  Frances also completed a secondment to the CPS Extradition Unit during her second six and conducted new case hearings in the Extradition court at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Frances is keen to extend her practice into Chambers’ other practice areas.  She is supervised by James Fletcher who specialises in Proceeds of Crime and Asset recovery work.

Additional Information

Prior to pupillage, Frances worked at Hickman and Rose Solicitors as paralegal assisting Daniel Machover, head of the Civil Liberties department. She worked on a number of significant Article 2 Inquests involving death in custody cases and arising Human Rights Act claims.  She also assisted in representing core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry including residents and bereaved family members . Her experience included working on cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Alongside working at Hickman and Rose, she studied the Bar Professional Training Course part-time.

Frances also worked as a paralegal for the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. As a member of the inquiry’s legal team she assisted with document review, disclosure, redaction and running inquiry hearings.

Education

  • University of Sussex, LLB Law (2014) - 2:1
  • Monash university, Melbourne (Year abroad, 2013).
  • University of Law, BPTC (2017 – 2019) – Very Competent.
  • University of Law, LLM (2017 – 2019) – Distinction.

Professional Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA).
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL).
  • Women in Criminal Law (WICL).

Criminal Prosecutions - Private & Public

Frances has extensive experience of prosecuting in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. During her pupillage at the CPS, she appeared in court daily. She has experience conducting committal for sentence and bail hearings in the Crown Court. Frances has also conducted a variety of hearings in the Magistrates’ Court; including contested application hearings and trials.

Frances has specialist experience in dealing with domestic abuse cases and has prosecuted in the specialist DA Court at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Criminal Defence

Frances accepts instructions to defend criminal cases in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court.

She has significant experience in dealing with vulnerable clients from her experience pre-pupillage and wishes to utilize this experience in representing vulnerable defendants.

Extradition & International

Frances accepts instructions for extradition proceedings. She has experience of representing the judicial authority at first appearance hearings in the Extradition Court.  She has a keen interest in cases involving international jurisdictions.

Her practice in extradition extends to both representing judicial authorities and represented persons.

Inquests & Inquiries

Frances accepts instructions for Inquests and Public inquiries.

Frances has extensive public inquiry experience from a variety of perspectives; she has represented core participants in the Grenfell Inquiry and she has also worked in-house for an inquiry’s legal team. She is keen to utilize this experience and accept instructions in public inquiry work.

Frances has specialist experience of assisting with representing families in Article 2 inquests. She is keen to expand her practice into inquest work.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Frances accepts instructions in relation to Regulatory and Professional Discipline cases.