David Payne

Call - 2003
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David is a family law specialist who is regularly instructed in both public and 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 2022: “David is such a calm influence on proceedings and is able to grasp a difficult case quickly, even if instructed late. David’s advocacy and cross-examination style are the same. I am constantly impressed too with David’s written work and his position statements and skeleton arguments are always impressive and persuasive.”

Legal 500 2021: “A very smooth operator in court who quickly gets to grips with large complex matters.”

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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