Francine is a specialist in construction contract and property law, and dispute resolution, and teaches a range of law related modules. She has been a practising Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of Australia in civil law, since 1992. She has had charge of dispute resolution and litigation departments and has obtained a wide range of advocacy experience with private firms and local and national government authorities in construction and property law in two jurisdictions.
Francine is the Course Leader for the international distance learning Masters course in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, and Senior Lecturer in Construction law and Dispute Resolution teaching lawyers and the construction and engineering industry profesionals. Her academic experience at UClan includes much research, and the creation and module lead of modules covering Legal Systems, Contract, Tort, Construction Contract Law, Civil Procedure and Evidence, Dispute Resolution, and Environmental and Planning Law modules, at Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) levels. In addition, she supervises postgraduate dissertations across a range of construction and engineering topics.
Dr Baker became interested in distance learning teaching in 2006 after joining the College of Estate Management as a part time external tutor whilst juggling a locum Solicitor role so she could be at home for school holidays. Whilst primarily working as a Solicitor and consultant, Francine was also a property law external tutor for many years with the College of Estate Management (CEM). She was also invited to teach UG and PG Construction Law and to create a taught Planning Law module for the University of Reading. Later, when CEM decided to change to a university- to become UCEM, she was engaged in 2014 to devise all aspects of the delivery of their distance learning Environmental and Planning Law module for their new university construction courses. She became Senior Lecturer in Property and Construction law at London South Bank University, and the supervisor of UG and PG dissertations covering a range of surveying and project management topics. Francine taught law related and contract administration modules in civil engineering, quantity surveying, project management and property management and estate management courses. She then moved to became Director of Quantity Surveying (Commercial Management), and represented the then Faculty of Engineering, Science and Built Environment on the University’s Research Ethics Committee. Whilst resuming a locum Solicitor role, she was invited to teach construction law and procurement modules for Oxford Brookes University’s range of UG and PG Construction, Quantity Surveying and Project Management courses. Two years later she accepted an offer from the University of Central Lancashire to teach and lead construction law and dispute resolution across the range of UG and PG courses and to be course leader of its international distance learning M.Sc course in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. Dr Baker has been an External Examiner of the National University of Ireland School of Law’s Land, Housing and Property modules and an External Examiner of the University of Bedfordshire Construction/Surveying degree course modules including their undergraduate dissertations. Dr Baker regularly reviews for professional journal publications, such as Cities, the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, and for ICE and the Wessex Institute, and has been on Expert Review Panels, such as for the CIB Working Commission on Construction Law & Dispute, and for COBRA. She was was sole organiser of a successful international conference at Wolfson College, University of Oxford in 2007, and has organised residentials at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University and at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, since. She is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Waste Management for WIT 2019-20 Conference papers Francine is also an experienced guest speaker, e.g., at Oxford Brookes University and at industry related events, such as for the Cambridge International Construction Law Summer School at Gonville and Caius College, and for the International Building Study Group, London, both in 2019.
- Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (practising) admitted 2004
- Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria admitted 1991
- Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of Australia admitted 1992
- LLB 2:1
- M.A (1st cl. Hons)
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and on Council of Management; also Review Examiner, and Trustee and Company Director
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Society of Construction Law
- Adjudication Society
- Commercial Real Estate Lawyers Association
- Construction Excellence
- Reviewer for the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law