Francis is a very experienced silk regarded as a “very experienced advocate” in relation to his expertise in a number of areas.
He is valued for his detailed understanding of the commercial and financial issues affecting clients and acknowledged as an extremely effective advocate in court as well as on paper. This has made him a popular choice for credit crunch and post-credit crunch disputes and civil fraud claims involving forensic accountancy.
A large proportion of his work is international in nature and he has a well-deserved reputation for his international expertise, having acted and advised in many offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, BVI, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Cyprus and the Isle of Man. He is called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean. His pre-eminence in multi-jurisdictional disputes involves him in strategy, interim remedies such as freezing injunctions, conflicts of law, asset tracing and recovery.
Notable cases include;
JSC Aeroflot v Berezovsky and others
Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev
Herald Fund SPC (Cayman)
BTU Power Co (Cayman)
Janus Capital Management v Safeguard World International –
North Shore Ventures v Anstead Holdings & Ors
North Shore Ventures, Pugachev North Shore Ventures v Anstead Holdings & Ors;
Camerata Property Inc v Credit Suisse
Torre Asset Funding v RBS, Valiance Fund v Cheyne New Europe Fund and Cambridge Place Funds
Lemos v Coutts, Bank of Butterfield Bermuda;
Areas of experience
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Francis is recommended by Legal 500 2019 for banking & finance, commercial litigation, company, fraud, insolvency, offshore, private client (trusts and probate) and professional negligence. The directory notes his reputation for international work, calling him ‘highly experienced in major offshore banking and hedge fund disputes‘. He is said to be ‘A savvy tactician who is excellent at carrying clients with him’ and ‘‘Clever, diligent, user friendly, and flexible in his outlook.’ Clients say he is ‘extremely bright, a very able advocate and a pleasure to work with’ and that ‘he is calmness personified and puts in a stellar performance in court‘.
Chambers & Partners 2018 recommends Francis for traditional chancery, commercial dispute resolution, company, and offshore work. “A very smart man and a very effective advocate who is good at dealing with difficult questions.” ‘, solicitors like him “An intellectual silk who is absolutely red hot on the law.” “There are no airs or graces, and he is a very smart man who is a real pleasure to work with. He is excellent with clients and a very effective advocate, who is good at dealing with difficult questions from the bench.” Solicitors say he is “A sensible barrister, who gives very solid opinions and can master the finer points in order to reach the judge.”
Chambers Global 2018 recommends Francis for his offshore practice, describing him as “Extremely hard-working, user-friendly and responsive. He gets to grip with extremely complicated contractual issues and statutory matters of interpretation in a practical and incisive manner.”
Member of the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Chancery Bar Association [Member of the Committee]