Debt & Asset Recovery in England
Wedlake Bell LLP, 71 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4AY
Moon Beever was founded by William Moon, a Victorian lawyer and businessman.
Mr Moon first began practising law in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in 1851 and was succeeded by his son, William (Billy) Moon.
Billy Moon was not only a lawyer but a goalkeeper for the England national football team and wicket-keeper batsman for Middlesex.
Initially the firm focused on private client and property matters, acting for many literary and aristocratic characters that trusted a firm based in the heart of London’s cosmopolitan literary quarter. However, by the mid 1980’s the firm’s position in the commercial arena had developed, in particular becoming well known for its insolvency and debt recovery work, resulting in an enviable reputation within the profession.
Whilst proud to have provided legal services for almost 170 years, Moon Beever's current management is committed to ensuring that the firm continues to adapt to the times. In 2012 we relocated to modern offices near to Gray's Inn (for Chancery Lane) and have invested heavily in information technology and systems. Moon Beever now offers a modern and responsive approach to the provision of legal services, whilst continuing to deliver excellent results that make commercial sense.
We continue to place great importance on investment in people, both in terms of relationships and training, which are the cornerstone of the firm’s success. We work hard to maintain an inclusive, tolerant and supportive working environment at Moon Beever. Our staff enjoy what they do and this enables them to provide the best possible service to our clients. Our lawyers are experts in their chosen fields of practise and the firm is committed to the continuing development of all staff.
Frances gained her LLB (Hons) at Kings’ College, London University in 1983. She then attended Chester College of Law. She joined Moon Beever in 1984 (where she trained) qualifying in 1986, and became a partner in 1988, becoming Managing Partner in 2000 and Senior Partner in 2014. She joined Wedlake Bell from Moon Beever in July 2021 when the firms merged and is a member of the Board.
She undertakes most areas of personal and corporate insolvency, specialising in contentious insolvency especially cases involving fraud, as well as provisional liquidations and injunctive work generally. She is a long serving member of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association Panel of Supervising Solicitors with extensive experience of executing and supervising search orders and bankruptcy warrants.
She was Head of Insolvency and Litigation at Moon Beever where she ran a substantial team of insolvency and litigation specialists and was a member of the disciplinary and admissions committees, then Chairman of the Appeal Committee at ACCA for ten years with good regulatory experience during and since that service. She is a member of Insol Europe (Council Member) and of Insol International, and the IBA. Frances is a regular speaker in the UK and abroad on insolvency, litigation and anti-fraud issues, and practice management. Frances was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.
Frances has also managed significant debt contracts for the public and private sectors over the last 3 decades. Frances was formerly Chairman of the SPG Committee of R3, the Insolvency trade body representing 97% of licensed insolvency practitioners. She was President of R3 2011-2012, and remains a member of R3 Policy Group and on Council. She now chairs the R3 Fraud Group. She is Deputy Chair of the Fraud Advisory Panel, a charity dedicated to anti-fraud work, and a member of the Economic Crime Prevention Group. She is a Special Constable with the National Crime Agency receiving a Director General’s commendation in 2014 for her innovative work with the NCA.
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