Erica Ffrench

Principal Solicitor

About Erica Ffrench

I have a strong background in social welfare law and civil litigation, having qualified into private practice in a London firm in 2009 practising community care, family and landlord and tenant law.

I represented private clients in relation to family and landlord and tenant matters, as well as publicly funded clients with issues ranging from leaving care duties, homeless housing rights, rights as an asylum seeker, and rights as someone with no recourse to public funds.

I have conducted advocacy on my own cases in the County Court, and previously acted as duty solicitor on the local Court duty scheme. I also provided pro bono legal advice at the Hackney Law Centre and Great Chapel Street Medical Centre for the Homeless.

When I joined Invicta Law I worked across civil litigation with a particular focus on social welfare law, including policy advice.

I now advise on all aspects of adult social welfare including mental capacity, mental health, ordinary residence and leaving care. I currently have a particular focus on Court of Protection work.

I have expertise in relation to the law around people subject to immigration control, as well as local authority duties around age assessments and human rights assessments. I also have a good understanding of financial assessment for social care services.

I continue to provide a range of external client training, including on No Recourse to Public Funds, the Care Act 2014, and the intersection between housing and social care.

Areas of expertise

  • Social Welfare Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Court of Protection
  • Asylum
Erica uses her wealth of adult social welfare expertise to provide indispensable legal advice to clients

Erica uses her wealth of adult social welfare expertise to provide indispensable legal advice to clients.


Client testimonials

“Sarah provides excellent advice, often off the cuff at the end of the phone when urgent matters arise. She is extremely good at explaining the intricacies of planning law in layman’s terms, which is very much appreciated. Sarah is a reliable and conscientious colleague who I do not hesitate to contact for guidance and clarity in often high-pressured situations. She is well respected amongst her peers and colleagues, and officers very much appreciate her knowledge and calming influence.”
Planning & Highways Client
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“The whole team at Invicta Law are really professional, efficient and courteous in their approach to our Development Agreement works. This I find makes my role much easier particularly when this is a specialist subject that I often need to seek their advice with.”
Planning & Highways Client
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and. I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

News & Blogs

Capacity to make Decisions on Care and Alcohol Dependency

15th Jun 2021

Laura Wares analyses the case Tower Hamlets v PB in which the assessment of capacity of an individual with a history of alcohol misuse was considered by the court

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Reminder: The Accessibility Regulations for Public Sector Body Websites and Mobile Apps

15th Jun 2021

Rebecca Hull looks at the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations, what they mean for public sector websites and apps and the approaching app deadline of 23 June 2021

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Procurement: The British Way?

15th Jun 2021

Mo Olatuja looks at the recent Policy Notes from the Cabinet Office for publishing Procurement opportunities

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