Francesca Griffiths

Head of Italian Desk

Francesca joined Child & Child in January 2014 as Head of the Italian Desk and a solicitor within the firm’s property department.

Francesca is a dual Italian and English qualified lawyer.

Following qualification as a solicitor in 2000, Francesca worked for the London office of a New York law firm in their Corporate and Commercial Department where she acted for international clients, predominantly Italian, advising them on M&A transactions, joint ventures and general commercial matters.  She also assisted in the creation of EuroMTS Limited and MTS France, the English and French subsidiaries of MTS SpA, the Italian trading platform for Euro-denominated government bonds.

In 2002 Francesca moved to Milan to join the legal department of MTS SpA and dealt with a wide range of Italian corporate and commercial law matters.

Returning to London in 2004, Francesca was appointed General Counsel for Earls Court & Olympia Limited, responsible for all legal matters affecting the Exhibition Centres.  During her seven years with the company she gained extensive experience in negotiating hire agreements, commercial leases, catering concession agreements, tenancy agreements, entertainment contracts and dealing with employment, intellectual property, insurance coverage and data protection issues, including in connection with the sale of the venues to Liberty International.

Since 2011 Francesca has provided a bespoke legal service for Italian clients investing in the UK residential property market.  Francesca is friendly and approachable. She takes pride in establishing great relationships with her Italian clients, providing them with clear and concise legal advice and assisting them in understanding the differences between the English and Italian legal systems.