David Payne

Call - 2003
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David specialises in family law cases involving children in both the public and private sphere. He regularly appears against leading counsel and is instructed as leading junior counsel.

David is highly experienced in serious and complex public and private law cases. This includes instruction in cases involving:

  • Child or parental death (including murder)
  • Inflicted injury, including brain injuries and life-changing injuries
  • Allegations of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
  • Cases with concurrent or related criminal proceedings
  • Cases with an international element
  • Cases with a cross-jurisdictional considerations within the United Kingdom and Crown Protectorates

David is known for his thorough and meticulous preparation of cases and his analytical skills. This is coupled with a calm presence in court.


LLB (Hons) Law & Politics (Cardiff)

Qualified Pupil Supervisor


Family Law Bar Association

Midland Circuit

Grays Inn


Recorder (Wales) 2022 –Family Public, Family Private and Crime


Legal 500 2023: “David is always thoroughly and meticulously prepared. He is excellent with vulnerable clients and will always return helpful and detailed attendance notes to his solicitors.”

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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