FRANCESCA COCIANI

SOLICITOR ADVOCATE

AREAS OF PRACTICE

“Francesca is a solicitor advocate, police station representative and duty solicitor. In December she obtained Higher Rights of Audience which allow her to represent defendants in the Crown Court.

She joined Lloyds PR Solicitors in June 2018 where she began working within the Police Station Department. In this role she advised clients in a wide range of cases and ensured their rights were being met both inside and outside the police station. For instance she made several successful application to vary and cancel pre-charge bail where the conditions imposed by the police were unnecessary and disproportionate.

In August 2019 Francesca began working in the Crown Court department and has gained particular experience in dealing with defendants suffering from serious mental health issues, victims of modern slavery and youths. She deals with a wide range of cases varying from public order and violent offences to large conspiracies to defraud, money laundering and supply of drugs.

Francesca has gained notable experience in representing clients at interviews conducted by the police, as well as HMRC and the DWP. She is regularly at the Magistrates Court to attend all types of hearings including first appearances, bail application and sentence hearings. She is a fierce advocate who always strives to obtain the best results for her clients.

Since August 2020, Francesca also prepares trials at the Magistrates Court, as well as represents clients facing extradition and confiscation proceedings. Her astute approach to evidence and in depth knowledge of the law allow her to successfully conduct the most complex of cases in every criminal defence department”.

 Francesca speaks fluent Italian, Spanish and has basic skills in Chinese Mandarin

 

NOTABLE CASES

  • R v CNK (Inner London Crown Court)

The prosecution offered no evidence in this conspiracy case after successfully establishing that he had no involvement in the co-defendant’s activities controlling sex workers.

  • R v FN (Southwark Crown Court)

We represented one of the co-defendants in a sophisticated conspiracy to burgle case where a renowned central London jewellery was broken into by drilling a whole into a masonry wall over the course of a weekend. £300,000 worth of jewellery were taken and damage made to a grade 1 listed building.

  • R v PM (Kingston Crown Court)

We obtained a suspended sentence in a large conspiracy to defraud case where the credit card details of hotel customers were stolen and used to make online purchases.

  • R v AE (Inner London Crown Court)

The CPS discontinued prosecution on assault on an emergency worker charge after persuasive representations were made with regards to the Defendant’s mental health and vulnerable position as an asylum seeker.

  • R v VD (Wood Green Crown Court)

We obtained a suspended sentence in a ‘paedophile hunter’ case of sexual communications with under 16 person.

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Legal Practice Course (LLM) – University of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP University
  • BA Economics and Politics - The School of Oriental and African Studies

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

 

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Defence Extradition Lawyer Forum
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • The Haldane Society

 

LANGUAGES

  • Italian
  • Spanish (upper intermediate)
  • Mandarin (basic)

 

CONTACT DETAILS

T: 0208 963 1050

F: 0208 963 1975

E: francesca@lloydspr.com