Dr Frances Burton

Dr Frances Burton

LLB, LLM, MA, PhD, MCIArb, Retired Barrister London, Oxford, Midlands and N Yorkshire
Membership Status: Mediator Qualified in 1970
Exclusive Mediator

Results and Memberships

Total Mediations Undertaken: 11 Member Level: Junior Mediator Member Type: Exclusive Member

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General Information


Frances has had a long career as a practitioner-academic.

She has been a mediator since 2000.

She is a Retired Judge of HM Courts and Tribunals Service and a Retired Barrister (2012).

She has trained mediators for Align Mediation, a small panel in the Cotswolds, but is now exclusive to Clerksroom.

She demonstrates a 'can do' attitude to resolving disputes outside court, and enjoys working with clients, both lay and professional, in resolving disputes in the best way for them.

She strongly believes in the role of specialist knowledge and experience in helping cases to settle, but is also not put off by complexity of subject matter or what a dispute is about as long as it is one which the parties involved genuinely want to resolve.

Work Undertaken:
* English and International Family Property (French and Spanish spoken)
* Inheritance disputes
* Financial and Property disputes, including Financial Provision on Divorce, Nullity or Dissolution of
* Civil Partnership or Cohabitation Claims on Relationship Breakdown
* Family Business Disputes
* Landlord & Tenant and Housing  
* Service Charge, Property Management, Lease Extension and Enfranchisement disputes
* Employment Law, especially Discrimination Against Women
* Further and HIgher Education disputes
* Low value disputes where litigation costs would be disproportionate.

Harmsworth Major Entrance Exhibition, Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (Called to the Bar 1970) Joined the Chancery Bar, Lincolns Inn 1972, Member of Chambers 10 Old Square, Lincolns Inn 1989-date

Co-Director and Research Fellow, International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice, 2009-date

Senior Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Computing, Law & Psychology University of Buckingham

Judge of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal of the Tribunals Service 2009-2011

Judge of the Consumer Credit Tribunal 2010-2011

Judicial Member of the Transport Tribunal 2002-2009

Legal Chairman of the Residential Property Tribunal Service, 1996-2011, where she also regularly mediated in residential property disputes for the RPTS Panel.

She enjoys walks in North Yorkshire and Cornwall, gastropubs, and participating in the Oxford University book club.

University of Notre Dame Certificate in ADR
St Anne’s College, Oxford and University of London External Programme LLB Hons
University of Leicester LLM
MA Open University School of Education
PhD Liverpool John Moores University
MCIArb, Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators



  • Date

    Nature of dispute


  • LVT Disputed Major Works
    Outcome: Settled
  • Service Charge Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • Major Works Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Management and Service Charge Dispute
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Residential Property Management Dispute
    Outcome: Partial Settlement
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Management Dispute
    Outcome: Settled
  • LVT Disputed Service Charges
    Outcome: Settled
  • commercial/residential service charge dispute
    Outcome: Partial Settlement


  • Insurance Provider Oxygen
  • Certificate Status Certificate on file
  • Expiry Date 2 January 2022
  • Level of Cover 5000000

CPD & Training

CPD & Training
  • Mediation Training Provider ADR Chambers UK /University of Notre Dame
  • Date Qualified as Mediator 27 January 2000
  • Training Certificate Download PDF

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