Fran has over 25 years experience working in the entertainment industry, 21 of which were spent working in the UK.
She worked as a commercial property lawyer for a large Perth law firm, before moving to London to specialise in entertainment law.
She worked for Warner Music in London, the largest record company in the world at the time, where she worked as Business Affairs Manager for WEA Records, working with artists signed to WEA (Enya, The Pretenders, The Pogues), ZTT (Seal, Shane McGowan), Blanco Y Negro (Catatonia, Jesus & Mary Chain, Dinosaur Junior) the dance label Eternal (Gina G) and Warner Music Ireland.
She later joined Universal Music, the largest record company in the world by then and to this day, where she worked as Director of Legal and Business Affairs for Mercury Records, working with artists signed to Mercury (Metallica, Texas, Sir Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Beautiful South, James, Def Leppard), Giles Petersen’s drum and bass label Talkin’ Loud, the dance label Manifesto (Café Del Mar series), Universal Music Ireland and a very active back catalogue (INXS, Thin Lizzy, Sir Bob Geldorf, Marc Almond, Plant & Page).
Whilst working at the labels Fran also managed the rock band Vega4.
After leaving Universal, Fran set up her own legal consultancy practice F C Cotton & Co representing television personalities, actors, production companies, authors, singer songwriters, bands, dj’s, promoters, publishers, producers, managers and record labels.
She also managed one of Ireland’s legendary singer songwriters (the late Christie Hennessy).
Fran returned to Perth to continue representing clients from all aspects of the creative industries and set up RubyRed Legal in 2013. Her clients include musicians, song writers, script writers, models, authors, presenters, film production companies and record labels.
She has also managed multi-award winning singer songwriter Gina Williams.