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Francis Dalton

Partner | London

"Francis Dalton is gifted technically with an ability to distil and explain complicated points and find practical commercial solutions with a really pragmatic approach – a pleasure to work with."
The Legal 500, 2024

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About Francis

Francis is a partner in the Freeths London corporate team. He trained at Herbert Smith Freehills and spent 7 years there before joining Freeths in 2017. Francis is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition). He is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and recognised as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 (2024 edition) in M&A.

Francis has a broad corporate practice which includes both public and private M&A (including corporate finance, private equity and venture capital) and both main market and AIM capital markets transactions. He has experience in a blend of national and international transactions and is used to working across multiple jurisdictions with different laws.

Notable work & expertise


  • SB

    "Francis and the Freeths team guided us through the whole process with precision and clarity. We obtained a great commercial position as a result o...

    Simon Balding, Partner

    Hanover Investors

  • FT

    "The Freeths team played a key role in assisting us in this landmark international transaction. The responsive team at Freeths provided innovative...

    Fiona Thomson, CEO

    Templars Medical

  • JC

    “Francis is bright and creative in his approach to legal problems and wider commercial issues. There is a pragmatism in his advice and recommendati...

    Jamie Conway, former CEO

    Made Television

  • AK

    “The Freeths team did a fantastic job in challenging circumstances to complete the transaction on a tight timescale. Peter, Francis and Naomi were...

    Andrew Knott, M&A adviser

  • IW

    “Francis is young, down to earth and just gets it done. Francis is very responsive and easy to get on with and knows the TV and broadband industry...

    Ian West

  • “Francis is an excellent practitioner with a wonderful manner. He focuses on driving the transaction forward and dealing efficiently and effectivel...

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • "Francis Dalton is a skilful and shrewd negotiator, legally exceptional, easy to work with and very responsive. While he is very hands-on, he lets...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “He has a deep understanding of early-stage businesses and we plan to work with him for all future funding rounds.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

  • “Francis is an excellent M&A practitioner and the perfect partner to work with in delivering deals in the sub £30 million region.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

  • "Francis Dalton is an approachable and very pragmatic lawyer. He is able to see beyond the legal framework and provides strong commercial advice."

    The Legal 500, 2022

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