Frances M. Wood is a partner of Wood Gold LLP and practices Family Law, Civil Litigation and Appeals.
Frances obtained her law degree at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a further degree at the University of New Brunswick. She was called to the Bar in 1998. Frances sits as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court and as a Dispute Resolution Officer in the Region of Peel. She is a former President of the Peel Law Association, former Executive of the County and District Law Presidents Association and past Chair of LibraryCo. She is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Peel Law Association and Mediators & Arbitrators of Peel, and is currently an executive member of the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Frances regularly speaks at education events for other lawyers.
Frances has a wealth of experience representing clients in the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal. Her strong reputation as a litigator has caused her to be sought after for trials and appeals. Frances also offers mediation and applies a settlement oriented, child-focused approach to Family Law cases.
By entering into partnership, Frances Wood and Jennifer Gold, sought to create an alternative to the traditional law firm and thereby achieve work-life balance and a diverse workplace. Their efforts were noted by Carol Goar in her article for the Toronto Star entitled, “Women Create Family-Friendly Law Practice”.
When Frances is not pursuing her legal interests and managing a diverse law firm, she is a proud parent of two rambunctious children, a mentor with Women in Leadership Foundation and an avid runner.