Francis has extensive defence experience in the Magistrates and County Courts and has successfully appeared in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Francis has obtained the best possible outcome for clients in relation to serious assaults, sexual assaults, fraud, drug and driving related offences. Francis has also appeared for both applicants and respondents in Intervention Order hearings in both the Magistrates' and County Courts, and in Confiscation Act 1997 matters.
Francis’ capacity to effectively interpret legal and evidentiary aspects of briefs, coupled with high level negotiation skills, has led to a practical approach in his dealings at Court. With his considerable court experience, Francis has become a highly competent advocate in the interpretation and application of both the criminal and civil law.
Before coming to the Bar, Francis was a senior prosecutor for thirteen years, prosecuting an array of offences in the Children and Magistrates’ Courts.
Francis also managed Coronial cases and police tort files during the sixteen months he worked within the Victoria Police Civil Litigation Division. Francis has completed further studies including a Master of Laws (ANU) and a degree in Business Administration (RMIT). Francis has lectured at Victoria University as a sessional lecturer and has sat as a hearing officer for a government agency.
Francis is accredited with an Indictable Crime Certificate.