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Frances Swaine

Consultant solicitor

Frances was the firm’s first managing partner from 2010 to 2021, and was a partner in the regulatory and disciplinary department, the human rights department, and clinical negligence department.

Human rights Immigration Judicial review Windrush

Frances was Leigh Day’s first managing partner and served as Compliance Officer for the Legal Practice from 2011 to 2019. She has been the firm’s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration from 2019 to date.

Frances is responsible for the Solicitor Apprentice programme in the firm, which commenced in January 2020. We share that responsibility with the University of Law. There are 10 Solicitor Apprentices spread across two years - the first cohort will qualify as solicitors in 2025 and the second cohort in 2026.

She is now working in the Immigration Team, headed by partner Jacqueline Mckenzie, working with clients applying to the Windrush Compensation Scheme, with those misclassified as Educationally Subnormal during the 1960s and 1970s, and those who were inter-racially adopted by force at a similar time.

She is an experienced human rights lawyer with over 30 years in practice, representing those who have suffered human rights abuses (physical, mental and sexual abuse - and abuse of process in the legal field) and those who have suffered racial discrimination in various parts of society. Her longest running case, (29 years) for the Former Child Migrants to Commonwealth countries, resulted in a government apology and a global compensation scheme.

She "is brilliant with clients and makes sure that their needs are understood and turned into a case."

Chambers and partners 2013

What people say

Chambers’ guide to the legal profession 2012 described Frances as being “highly regarded for her civil litigation work, which focuses on the social care, healthcare, inquests and education sectors of the practice” and as a "methodical, efficient and effective" practitioner who is "professional and dedicated." 


Senior Fellow - APIL

Honorary Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AvMA) panel member


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All Saints Shirley

Black woman Church of England vicar and her Parochial Council appeal to the Privy Council to save their parish from dissolution

Black woman Church of England priest Rev Yvonne Clarke has the first ever hearing to appeal a decision taken by the Church Commissioners under 2011 legislation that would result in her being put out of ministry (despite no accusations of any personal wrong-doing) and dissolve her parish in Croydon, rendering her BAME-led Parish Council redundant.

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Frances Swaine
Windrush Human rights

Leigh Day Windrush lawyers speakers at Commonwealth Law Conference in Goa

Leigh Day human rights specialists Jacqueline McKenzie and Frances Swaine shared lessons from their work at the Commonwealth Law Conference in Goa.

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London House of Commons
Human rights Windrush

Black generation wrongly labelled educationally subnormal launch legal campaign

African and Caribbean people wrongly classed as educationally subnormal in the 1960s and 70s are launching a legal campaign for the government to make amends.