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Francis has a wide-ranging and diverse practice, covering most areas of serious crime, from homicide to financial crimes, sex offences to terrorism, and high-profile appellate work. The latter includes acting for interveners in the Supreme Court case of Jogee  UKSC 8, which radically changed the law of joint enterprise, and miscarriage of cases before the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
He has a growing reputation in the North East as a Silk who takes on the most difficult and challenging cases, both legally aided and private. He is also a member of chambers at 23 Essex Street.
He was Chair of the Criminal Bar Association (2016-17) and is a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Francis has been recognised as a leading barrister in Crime for many years, and is ranked in the Legal 500, as ‘A first-class silk with a very good academic mind.’
Other comments include:
‘A charmer with the jury’
‘Provides a seamless service’
Francis contributed to A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime (Sweet & Maxwell 2011). He writes regularly for the London Review of Books (including articles on Brexit, the reforms to legal aid and a miscarriage of justice in the USA).
Francis has given seminars on subjects that include money laundering, corporate homicide, aspects of criminal appeals, and contempt of Court.