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Frances Burton is a Family Property Specialist who has always combined professional practice at the Chancery Bar with academic posts which facilitate her interest in research and law reform, as a result of which she is an active Associate Member of Resolution, keenly supporting its ethos and initiatives.
Having now retired from the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber she has remained an Associate Member of Chambers at 10 Old Square, Lincolns Inn, where she belongs to a small Dispute Resolution group. Her current academic post is as a Senior Lecturer in Law at Buckinghamshire New University at High Wycombe where she teaches Family Law and Dispute Resolution. Living in term time at Oxford, she is also a member of the Chartered Institute’s Thames Valley Branch: but as she also spends significant time at a family house in North Yorkshire she is regularly available for arbitration and mediation in the North of England generally.
She was closely involved as a long standing member of the Centre for Child and Family Law Reform in the development of Family Arbitration, is a Director of IFLA Ltd and a member of IFLA’s Advisory Committee. However her current research interests have recently centred on cohabitation and the lack of a normative regime for cohabitants’ rights in English law which was the subject of her doctoral thesis. As Co-Director of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice her main areas of focus are on cohabitation reform and access to justice in Family Law generally.