Francesca Yardley

Francesca Yardley

Senior Consultant



Francesca Yardley started her legal career at Linklaters in 2005 before qualifying into their corporate team. She focused primarily on private equity transactions and also spent time on secondment in Tokyo, Stockholm, BP and Actavis. Francesca left Linklaters in 2012 to join R&R Ice Cream (now Froneri) as the sole General Counsel. This was followed by a move to Hambro Perks where she was involved in advising start-ups on funding rounds, employment related matters and employee incentive schemes.

Since then, Francesca has co-founded a tech start up, Threads, and was recently appointed as a Justice of the Peace in the Family Court.


Relevant experience includes:

  • Advising mid-market private equity firms on primary and secondary buyouts including the establishment of managment incentive schemes.
  • Advising more than 20+ number of start up and scale up businesses on EMI share option and growth share schemes.
  • Advising on a variety of workplace issues including drafting and negotiating senior executive service agreements, managing employee dismissals and sensitive exit arrangements.

Fine Print

Key Practices

Corporate & Commercial


Kings College London (BSc Biomedical Science), BPP Law School


Linklaters LLP, R&R Ice Cream (now Froneri), Hambro Perks

Awards & Nominations

The Lawyer Hot 100 (2015)

A social cause I care about

Access to justice. Despite training as a corporate lawyer I have always been interested in providing legal advice to ‘real people’.

Other interests

Co-founder of, an intelligent message hub for organizing digital communications and non-executive director of Attollo Lingerie who produce the most beautiful underwear for D+ women.

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