Edward Francis

Year of Call 1995

General Profile

Ed was called to the Bar in 1995 and combines an intellectual rigour and sharp analytical mind with a commercial and practical approach to problems. His practice covers most areas of commercial chancery work with particular focus on property related matters including property issues arising in the context of insolvency and professional negligence. Approachable and diligent in his work, Ed is also a contributor to legal journals and seminars in his areas of practice.



The Directories


"He gets to the heart of the problem swiftly and can pull rabbits out of hats. He will produce a novel solution to a problem that no one else has thought of."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)


"A terrific barrister, who is very helpful and responsive." "He is exceptional at cross-examination."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)


‘The best kept secret at the property Bar; he has an outstanding intellect and excellent judgement.’

(Legal 500 2017)


“He has extensive knowledge and will know the name of a case and the section of the statute just like that. He spots what other people don’t spot”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)


“He is very quick at turning around work, and is on top of everything”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)


“On his feet, he is patient and relentless and also extremely economical. His written work is thorough and creative"

(Chambers & Partners 2017)


Edward Francis is recognised as a Leading Junior in Property Litigation, Legal 500, 2016.

“He provides a sterling service and assistance”

(Legal 500, 2016)


"He is very smooth and knows his stuff."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)


"He knows lots of strange esoteric things others don't; it's the sort of in-depth knowledge that might pass others by."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)


"He is very calm and measured."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)


"He has in-depth knowledge of esoteric legal points that others might pass by."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)


Exceptionally intelligent and thorough while at the same time being commercially minded, with excellent client care”

(Legal 500 2015)


"He is clever, approachable and often finds a novel way of solving difficult problems."

(Chambers UK 2015)


"He has excellent judgement and is first-rate intellectually."

(Chambers UK 2015)


"Technically outstanding on property questions and highly persuasive on his feet."

(Chambers UK 2015)


“He has an in-depth knowledge of property and Chancery law, and is exceptionally good with clients.”

(Legal 500 2014)


“He is clever, approachable and often finds a novel way of solving difficult problems.”

(Chambers UK 2014)


“I have total trust in him.  He is quick in turnaround, good with clients, thorough and accurate.”

(Chambers UK 2014)


Edward Francis, whose “turnaround time is second to none”

(Legal500 2013)


He is "one of the best technical lawyers on paper and an advocate of exceptional quality"

(Chambers UK 2013)


"phenomenally clever" Edward Francis who"has the ear of the court"

(Chambers UK 2013)


The "very, very bright" Edward Francis is a seasoned chancery lawyer whose practice has a particular emphasis on real property and insolvency matters.  Last year he acted for the winning side in Mourant Property Trustees Ltd v Sixty UK Ltd, a landmark property-related insolvency case.

(Chambers & Partners 2012)


Edward Francis who "melds rare academic excellence with a clear-thinking, unflashy approach" 

(Chambers & Partners 2011)


Edward Francis possesses "first-rate judgment"

(Legal 500, 2010)



Notable Cases


Cheery Tree Investments Ltd v Landmain [2013] 2 WLR 481

Mourant & Co Trustees Ltd v Sixty UK Ltd (in administration) [2010] 2 EGLR 125; [2010] BCC 882
Michael Gerson (Leasing) Ltd v Greatsunny Ltd [2010] Ch 558
Dean & Dean (a firm) v Angel Airlines SA [2009] Lloyds Rep PN 119
Alchemy Estates v Astor [2009] 1 WLR 940
PR Records v Vinyl 2000 Ltd [2008] 1 Costs LR 19
Faucet Inn Pub Co Ltd v Ottley Corp [2006] 14 EG 174
Wilderbrook v Olowu [2006] 2 P&CR 4
Re Kudos Glass Ltd (in liquidation) [2002] BCC 416





Regular contributor to Estates Gazette Q&A series
Contributing author to Sweet & Maxwell’s The Landlord & Tenant Factbook



Areas of Emphasis


Ed has expertise in all areas of real property, including restrictive covenants, easements, mortgages, conveyancing, land registration and priorities, adverse possession, boundary disputes, trusts of land, constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel, and in commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes including lease renewals, rent reviews, forfeiture claims and leasehold enfranchisement.  He acts for property companies, local authorities, estates and individuals in courts and tribunals up and down the country.

With the benefit of a solid grounding in personal and corporate insolvency work, Ed has a particular interest in and regularly acts in property-related insolvency matters including landlord’s claims in tenant administrations and voluntary arrangements, disclaimer and guarantees.  And as a further adjunct of his property practice, Ed is regularly instructed in professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and other property professionals. 

Ed has a wealth of experience across the commercial chancery field, in claims for the enforcement of guarantees, challenges to transactions on grounds of misrepresentation, undue influence and fraud, claims for breach of fiduciary obligations, asset recovery and tracing, equipment leasing and finance, partnership and shareholder disputes, amongst other areas.



Career & Associations


First Class Honours Degree, Pembroke College, Oxford

Called to the Bar 1995

Member of the Property Bar Association

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Active contributor to work of the Bar Pro Bono Unit