David Payne

Call - 2003
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David is a family law specialist with who is regularly instructed in private law cases. He has wide experience in the representation of parents and children in such proceedings. These include experience of:

  • All applications under the Children Act 1989.
  • Injunctive relief under the Family Law 1996.
  • Cases involving the invocation of the inherent jurisdiction.
  • Complex factual disputes, including the determination of allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse perpetrated towards other parents and children.
  • Cases involving Re W determinations and where appropriate, the cross-examination of children and other vulnerable witnesses.
  • Proceedings which have current, or previous, local authority involvement.
  • Non-accidental injuries of all levels of severity, including brain injuries and where life-changing injuries have been occasioned to children.
  • Cases involving cross-jurisdictional considerations within the United Kingdom and Crown Protectorates.
  • Cases with an international element.


LLB (Hons) Law & Politics (Cardiff)


Family Law Bar Association

Midland Circuit

Grays Inn


Legal 500 2019: “An outstanding trial counsel with exceptional analytical and technical skills.”

Legal 500 2018: “A thoughtful and thorough advocate.”

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