Fran Rance, Associate, Mishcon Private

Personal Profile

Fran is a solicitor in the Private department specialising in immigration law.

Fran advises clients on a broad range of immigration issues, particularly those of an exceptional, complex and sensitive nature. 

Fran's practice extends to all areas of UK immigration law, including categories of the points based system; spouse, civil partner and unmarried partner applications; ancestry, sole representative and other work-based applications; rights for European nationals; domestic worker visas; indefinite leave to remain in the UK and British citizenship.

Fran is particularly well-versed in in advocating on behalf of clients whose circumstances may not fit neatly into established immigration categories, securing exceptional outcomes for clients and their families.

In 2018, Fran was recognised as an Inspiration Individual at the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards.

Fran is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and regularly attends committee meetings regarding economic migration to the UK. She also represents the Mishcon Immigration Group at the Home Office's Business User Forum, liaising with the Home Office on key developments and issues affecting clients.

Fran regularly writes articles concerning investment migration to the UK and the impact of Brexit on UK immigration. 

She supports a charity called Echo100Plus, which supports individuals residing in refugee camps in Greece. Fran spent time in refugees camps in Greece and on the island of Leros, which hosted individuals who had fled conflict in their countries of origin. Fran also mentors refugees living in the UK via the charity Breaking Barriers, assisting refugees to find meaningful employment in the UK.

Key Experience

  • Obtaining a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a high net worth individual whose personal and cultural circumstances fell outside of the immigration rules.
  • Successfully engaging the discretion of the Secretary of State and obtaining British citizenship for a client despite excess absences from the UK and a previous refusal.
  • Assisting with the preparation of an individual's claim for asylum on the basis of political persecution.
  • Obtaining an EEA residence card for an individual in exceptional circumstances and on an expedited basis.
  • Assisting with the preparation of an application for discretionary leave to remain in the UK on the basis of rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Assisting with the reinstatement of an individual's British citizenship on the basis of false allegations of fraud.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Trainee, Mishcon de Reya LLP
BPP Law School, GDL and LPC
University of Cambridge, Master's degree in modern and medieval languages


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