Francesca Snape#5206

Francesca Snape

Associate Solicitor, Stephensons
Francesca is an associate solicitor in the regulatory department at Stephensons.

Francesca represents registered providers and managers facing enforcement action by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In particular, Francesca provides advice on compliance; challenging inspections, enforcement action and appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Care Standards Chamber).

Francesca assists in drafting representations in relation to inspection reports and ratings. Francesca also assists in challenging warning notices, welfare requirements notices and statutory requirements notices, as well as decisions to cancel, suspend, or impose conditions on registration. Where Ofsted or CQC have issued a decision, Francesca assists in appeals to the first-tier tribunal.

Francesca represents and advises a wide range of professionals across a number of sectors before their professional regulators. Francesca acts for professionals in the healthcare, education and counselling and psychotherapy sectors. Francesca assists professionals facing fitness to practise proceedings, from the initial referral and investigation stages, interim order hearings, through to final fitness to practise panel hearings and appeals against decisions of regulators. Francesca also assists with registration proceedings and appeals.

Francesca has assisted professionals with cases before:
  •     General Medical Council
  •     Nursing and Midwifery Council
  •     Health and Care Professions Council
  •     General Dental Council
  •     National College for Teaching & Leadership
  •     British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  •     UK Council for Psychotherapy
  •     Association of Child Psychotherapists

Contributed to


Ofsted—prosecution powers in relation to provision of child care
Ofsted—prosecution powers in relation to provision of child care
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the powers which Ofsted retains to prosecute certain offences in relation to the provision of child care such as the failure to register with Ofsted, failure to comply with registration requirements and breach of a disqualification order. It also covers the threshold test which is applied before a prosecution is brought, the time frame for commencing proceedings and the evidence that should be considered.

Ofsted's enforcement policy
Ofsted's enforcement policy
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the legal powers and duties of Ofsted in relation to regulation of childminders, childcare providers and children’s social care providers under the Childcare Act 2006 together with the enforcement regime.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2018


  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers


  • LLB Law - Nottingham Trent University

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