Francis, a barrister at Field Court Chambers, is ranked by Chambers and Partners as a leading election lawyer (one of only two non-QCs). He also specialises in employment law (including trade union law) and public law.
Francis has acted for candidates and political parties in many recent election petitions. He advised one of the leading campaigners in the EU referendum and provides ongoing advice to campaigning organisations and frequently advises about technical issues relating to elections.
In 2016 Francis was shortlisted for ‘Barrister of the Year’ by The Lawyer magazine.
James is a barrister and Partner at Venner Shipley LLP. His general specialisms are commercial litigation, intellectual property and ADR. His sub-specialisms are election and data law.
James has acted as Election Scrutineer and legal advisor for candidates across numerous elections. He has been a Common Councilman for the Tower Ward in the City of London since 2009, during which time he has undertaken a review of 1957 Ward Elections Act, leading to a new way of registering voters, and taken a leading role in reports to the Boundary and Electoral Commissions.