Erica Ffrench

Principal Solicitor

About Erica Ffrench

Erica is a highly experienced lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in litigation within community care. She qualified as a solicitor within a legal aid practice, where she advised a high volume of vulnerable clients including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and people with no recourse to public funds in relation to housing, community care and age litigation. She also advised private clients in relation to property and family law disputes.

She moved from high street practice to local government and spent several years providing in-house legal services to a large local authority on a wide range of local government law issues. She developed particular expertise in policy and litigation in respect of the duties of local authority social services. She also provided extensive advice on the risks of judicial review litigation to other services within the local authority.

Erica now regularly provides legal advice and representation to local authority clients at every level on legal duties owed to vulnerable adults, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and care leavers. Her practice spans both adult social care and asylum, and includes complex litigation in the Court of Protection, the High Court and the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

During her legal career, Erica has devised and delivered training programmes, including courses around local authority duties to provide care and support to individuals with NRPF, Care Act duties, judicial review and the intersection between housing and social care.

She has successfully defended a number of pre-action and judicial review challenges and has provided effective advice around ceasing support to individuals with NRPF where appropriate.

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.

Client testimonials

“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 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

Meet the Team: Harry Johnston-Sluka, Community Care Team

30th Nov 2022

Now part of the Community Care Team, Harry Johnston-Sluka also completed his training contract at Invicta Law, qualifying as a solicitor in April 2021.

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Defending Age Assessment Challenges

30th Nov 2022

Defending legal challenges against local authority age assessments

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