Francion advises on all areas of EU and UK competition law, specialising in the cross-over with IP law and focused on the digital/technology, life sciences and retail/FMCG sectors.
Her experience ranges from leading on the competition law aspects of substantial litigations/arbitrations involving multi-disciplinary teams to advising on complex agreements and behavioural issues. In relation to the latter, she has particular expertise in advising on commercial arrangements including settlement, distribution and licensing agreements across all sectors.
Francion’s contentious experience includes acting in a number of high-profile FRAND disputes for Philips, Samsung and ZTE, as well as an abuse of dominance claim for Google.
Francion has also spent time on secondment at the UK competition regulator (the CMA), Google and at the antitrust teams of two Chinese law firms in Shanghai. She is the resident lawyer for the British Brands Group’s competition law compliance training programme, and also teaches the MBL workshop on IP Licensing and Competition Law.
Francion has twice been awarded the Dickson Poon School of Law Prize for her achievements in King’s College London’s postgraduate qualifications in competition law and economics. She is also a frequent commentator on the intersection of competition and IP law as featured in the Bristows’ blog, the CLIP Board.
- BSc Mathematics, University of Bristol
- PGDip EU Competition Law, King’s College – Awarded ‘Best Overall Mark
- PGDip Economics for Competition Law, King’s College – Awarded ‘Best Overall Mark’
- Qualified 2015
- Admitted in Republic of Ireland (non-practising)