Frances Hand is a penultimate year DPhil in Law Candidate at St Edmund Hall College, Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Imogen Goold and Professor Jonathan Herring.  Her thesis reconceptualises violent practice in UK maternity wards. She is Convenor and Chair of the Medical and Family Law Discussion Group 2022-2023 and founder of the Medical and Family Law Student Collaborative Hub. She is a Guest Lecturer at the University of Oxford, specialising in Obstetric Violence. In her spare time she captains the St Edmund Hall Rowing Club and hosts 2 podcasts, focusing on medical and human rights law; Interviews with the Experts in Transplantation Medicine and the Oxford Human Rights Hub Podcast.

She completed the BCL (LLM) at Hertford College, University of Oxford in 2021. During this time she was Chair of the Herford College Law and Humanities Research Group and received the Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize from the University of Leicester in recognition of her work in feminist legal theory.

Prior to this, Frances graduated Valedictorian of her LLB at the University of Exeter, and won the annual School of Law Prize 2021. During this time, she acted as Editor-in-Chief of the Exeter Law Review and founder of the Exeter Law Review Podcast, which, by the end of its first year, had an active following in 10 countries.