Francis Payne > Chambers of Tracey Hennessey > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Tracey Hennessey
No.18 Barristers Chambers
21 Carlton Crescent
SO15 2ET


Areas of practice include: Family: Children   (  Private law children: Contact and Residence disputes, Domestic violence & injunctions, Chancery and Commercial ; Family: Finance ( Divorce & Separation, Cohabitation including Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, Inheritance Act claims Trusts and Trustees) Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence


Francis is a courageous advocate who strives to secure the best possible results for his clients. Commended for his “valiant submissions” (HHJ) in Court, Francis often demonstrates advocacy skills beyond his year of call. Coupled with this, his background makes him an instant hit with clients, who are reassured by his ability to provide comprehensive legal advice in a straightforward digestible form.

He has a wealth of experience conducting trials in County, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Francis has a varied practice across many of No 18’s areas of expertise, with a particular focus in personal injury, private children and matrimonial finance matters. Public access accredited, Francis is able to take instructions directly from members of the public.

Francis has also been appointed to the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Panel of Counsel and takes suitable instructions from the government.


  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple (Major Scholar, 2013)
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • CPS Panel of Advocates (Level 1)
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association


  • LL.B (Hons) Law with Criminology, University of Portsmouth (Upper Second Class Honours)
  • Bar Vocational Course, City University (Very Competent, graded Outstanding for Civil Advocacy)