Francesca Wiley QC
Francesca Wiley QC
Child Abuse
Direct Assessment
areas of expertise

Children (public law)
Children (private law)
Court of Protection
International family law
ENE / Private FDR
Direct Access

Practice Profile

Francesca practices at the very highest level in both Private and Public Law Children Act cases, particularly where there are profoundly serious allegations against the parties.


The High Court has powers to make certain orders regarding children where they have been removed, are in serious danger or at risk. The court will make the child a ward. This means that the High Court will have responsibility for that child and no orders can be made or…

child abuse

Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department for Children and Families (DCF) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission…

Direct Assessment

Francesca Wiley is trained and experienced in Direct Public Access relating to family law cases. In the right case, direct access to a barrister – without first instructing a solicitor – can be quicker and better value for clients.

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The Public Need

Francesca fully recognises
the public need to instruct
barristers directly and welcomes
this new way of working

Legal 500 - Chambers and Partners

"She is a powerhouse of an advocate. If you have a difficult case and you think your client isn't being listened to, you should absolutely go to her. She really gets people to step back and realise what's going on."

Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023

"Francesca is absolutely first class - forensically intellectual, extremely focused and really approachable. She is an excellent advocate."

Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023

"Courts give her a huge amount of respect. She is incisive in cross-examination and will normally get a fantastic result against the odds."

Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2023

Francesca Wiley KC - 1GC | Family Law
"Is astonishingly bright, fearless and effective both in our out of court."

“Francesca Wiley KC – 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

‘She has the complete command of the court room
and judges seem in awe of her.”
[legal 500 – 2019]

Francesca Wiley KC - 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

A robust advocate, who is extremely bright and provides defined strategies.

“Francesca Wiley KC – 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers

‘An outstanding barrister.”
[legal 500 – 2015]

Francesca is noted for her sense of humour and friendly down to earth approach to clients.

She is particularly noted for her advocacy skills and forensic approach to cross examination as well as an “excellent grasp of complex facts
[legal 500-2013]

Clerk - Tom Hills - 1COR 1 Crown Office Row 119 Church Street Brighton BN1 1UD

Francesca fully recognises the public need to instruct barristers directly and welcomes this new way of working