Frances Coulson

R3 Past President

"Explaining insolvency issues to the media and thus the public means complex material has to be presented in a straightforward manner and this is how we need to be thinking of engaging the public. Our work affects so many people and touches on so many issues we are charged with a huge responsibility. It is also important to present a positive image of our profession and what contribution we make to the economy of the country."

In 2012, Frances completed a highly successful year as President of R3, the insolvency trade body as well as ‘the day job’, Partner and Head of Insolvency and Business Recovery at Moon Beever in Holborn, London.

During her Presidency she promoted an understanding of insolvency practitioner work, with over 170 national news articles and 16 appearances on the BBC, as well as meeting around 70 MPs. She led the industry’s response to the Insolvency Service consultation on regulation and campaigned for an exemption for insolvency litigation to the Jackson proposals.

At Moon Beever, her varied brief covers general insolvency, fraud, VAT, provisional liquidation and injunctions. One of her most interesting cases involved a German bankrupt fugitive from the German authorities whose colourful attempts to evade his creditors included: receiving cash glued into German magazines sent via DHL; creating claimants to the ownership of the substantial house he had resided in rent free for a decade and attempting to set up his own bank!

She was also Chair of R3’s Smaller Practices Group (SPG) giving smaller to medium size practices a route to lobbying and the media as well as technical support and guidance which the larger firms have with ease.

Frances is also, inter alia, Chair of the Appeal Committee for ACCA, a member of the Insolvency Law Evaluation Panel for the Insolvency Service and the CBI Insolvency panel. She is also a member of Insolvency Lawyers Association and the International Bar Association (IBA), as well as the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) and Carlton and Adam Street Clubs.


Her interests include all things equestrian and managing all the animals and children at home (or at least trying to). She is also a supporter of Plan International (sponsor a child), the NSPCC and Barnardo’s.