Frances Pierce, Partner

I am a Partner and Head of the Personal and Medical Injury Team at Dean Wilson LLP.  I like to play fair (valuing ethics) and have a caring nature, but can be robust when required to achieve the best for my clients.

Specialities:

I have specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation for over twenty-five years and have a particular interest in brain injuries.

  • Personal injury – acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, multiple injury claims, fatal claims, severe post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Clinical & Medical Negligence – surgical claims, obstetric claims such as birth and pregnancy injuries (including Cerebral Palsy).
  • Court of Protection – I am a Court of Protection Deputy to several brain injured clients, handling the financial affairs of those who lack capacity to do so themselves (listening to the Client’s wishes and the views of key family members and ensuring the Client’s best interests are met).

Notable Cases:

  • After other solicitors refused to take the case on, as they felt chances of success were too low, I secured a multi-million pound settlement for a cyclist who sustained multiple injuries including a brain injury.
  • After settling a road traffic accident claim for £10.4m I was honoured to be asked to act as Professional Deputy to support the brain injured client and empower her to make decisions about her future with financial security.
  • Having taken over a case from a solicitor in whom the client had lost confidence, I was able to secure a settlement of more than ten times what that solicitor had aimed to recover for the client, as I was able to spot aspects of the claim that the previous solicitor had missed.
  • In AA v CC & MIB the Claimant secured periodical payments to stop and start at future and uncertain dates according to how his capacity progresses or deteriorates (providing for the payment to cease when he regains capacity and re-start when he loses capacity).  This was the first time periodical payments relating to capacity were dealt with in this way (before this it would have been difficult to persuade a Judge to award this money to a Claimant whose capacity was borderline or variable).
  • In Richardson v Real 60 Football Club I acted for the Claimant, securing a six figure sum for a young man with a very severe leg injury as a result of an unlawful tackle.  This case went to trial.
  • Another landmark case of mine is Jenkins v Young Brothers Transport, which is used regularly by solicitors when moving firms or assigning CFAs.  The case went to the Court of Appeal.  The case remains a leading authority on the assignment of CFAs.
  • When the CPS were reluctant to prosecute following a death at sea, I worked with the family to put together evidence, which persuaded the CPS to prosecute and record fines were ordered based on that evidence.  It was important to me and the family that their son’s death was not unanswered or forgotten.

Rankings:

In Chambers & Partners UK Legal Directory I am ranked as Band 1: Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant, Brighton and Surrounds.  The publication says of me: ‘Sources say: “She is very dedicated to her clients. She’s interested in trying to get them better, not just getting them money.” Other interviewees add: “She’s very professional but very approachable.”’

Memberships:

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Fellow)

Solicitors Regulation Authority accredited Personal Injury Panel

The Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (“FOCIS”)

Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (“PEOPIL”)

Kent and Sussex Silverlining Charity

Legal Aid Agency – Independent Funding Adjudicator 2013 – 2016

President Kent Law Society 2011 – 2012

President Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society 2010 – 2011

Outside of work I enjoy family time, getting out and about in the British countryside with my family dogs, attending sporting events, taking part in charitable events and exploring the world with my two daughters.


Quote from a Past Client:

“I was involved in a fatal car accident where I lost my fiancée and my life as I knew it. I have suffered many difficulties due to my injuries from the accident and I have gone through every up and down physically and mentally. Frances has been a massive support to me and my family. Her knowledge and experience are second to none. She has guided me through a very complicated path knowing exactly who to contact to get me the best support and most importantly answers, both in the medical and legal fields. I would not hesitate to highly recommend her to anyone who finds themselves in unfortunate circumstances.”

Ms G., Personal Injury Client