Practice Areas

Criminal Law

Advice and representation for individuals and corporations facing criminal charges and allegations. Frances is available to assist with all stages of the criminal process, including pre-charge advocacy, bail hearings, trials, sentencing and appeals.

Frances focuses on achieving your best possible outcome. She takes a holistic approach to the resolution of your case, while minimizing impacts on employment and relationships.

Refugee Law and Admissibility Hearings

Assistance for families and individuals seeking refugee status in Canada. Frances has particular expertise in helping persons considered inadmissible to Canada, or at risk of being denied refugee status on the basis of criminal- or national security-related concerns.

Human Rights Complaints

Legal advice and representation for individuals who have experienced discrimination under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including employment, housing, or accessing services or programs.

Constitutional Litigation and Police Accountability

Representation for individuals and non-profits in constitutional and public interest cases engaging Charter rights and values. Frances also assists individuals and families seeking accountability from the police through formal complaints, representation at inquests, and civil litigation.

Frances is proud to have represented a number of non-profit organizations as interveners at all levels of court in Canada, including the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street), Pivot Legal Society, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights.