Frances Irving

  • M. A. (The University of Edinburgh)

Year of call

  • 1996 (England and Wales)
  • 1997 (Hong Kong)

Practice areas


Frances was brought up and educated in Scotland, and trained as a social worker at Edinburgh University. She worked in this field for many years, in matters relating to children’s welfare, both in Scotland and then Hong Kong, before taking up practice at the Bar. She was called to the Bar in 1996 in London and 1997 in Hong Kong.

She joined Des Voeux Chambers in 1999 having served part of her pupillage there.

Frances has developed a busy practice exclusively in the family jurisdiction and with all aspects of matrimonial law.

She has experience in many ancillary relief cases involving;

 Nuptial settlements

 Trust and companies 

 Third party interests

 Jurisdiction and forum disputes 

She was one of the team of counsel who acted in the Court of Final Appeal case of LKW v. DD.

A great deal of Frances' work concerns children's issues, being: 

 Custody, Care and Control

 Relocation applications 

 Applications under the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance 


Hague Convention cases 

Frances has given frequent talks and workshops to practitioners on family law and practice and has taught Family Law and Matrimonial Practice at Hong Kong University SPACE. She was a contributing editor to Family Law and Practice in Hong Kong.

Frances is a member of the Working Group on Children in Family Proceedings chaired by The Hon. Mr Justice Hartmann JA. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Association.