John Franklin > 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: Areas of practice include: Employment & Discrimination , Chancery and Commercial (Trusts and Trustees, Wills, Probate and the Administration of Estates) Family: Finance ( Divorce & Separation, Cohabitation including Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, Inheritance Act claims Trusts and Trustees) Family: Children (, (International) child abduction, Private law children: Contact and Residence). Property (Real property, Landlord and tenant.)


John joined chambers as a pupil in April 2017. He previously served as an engineer in the Royal Navy where demanding roles in specialist areas such a Mine Countermeasures and boarding operations, he used his peerless capacity and motivation to work gain impressive qualifications in his spare time through the Open University. John converted to law in 2014 and his aptitude for legal argument and persuasive advocacy quickly became apparent when he was selected for three hotly contested scholarships by his Inn of Court and his training providers. Throughout the journey to the Bar, John volunteered extensively e.g. for the National Centre for Domestic Violence and the Free Representation Unit, where his life experience was especially valuable in interacting and reassuring traumatised clients. He also taught debating skills to children and prisoners as part of the Vocalise program. He then acquired substantial pre-pupillage experience as a solicitor’s agent and significant exposure to the County Courts on the Western and South Eastern Circuits where he was instructed in many commercial, infant approval and housing matters. Since first running his own cases from October 2017 onwards, John has built up an extensive oral practice in family and employment law, as well as continuing to appear in possession matters and disposal hearings. He regularly appears in fast-track and multi-track cases involving personal injury.


  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Employment Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (Incorporated Engineer)


  • 2016-18: The University of Law, Guildford – MSc in Law and Business (Distinction)
  • 2015-16: The University of Law, London – BPTC (Very Competent).
  • 2014-15: The University of Law, Guildford – GDL (Distinction).
  • 2013-14: Wessex Business School – BTEC Level 5 in Management
  • 2013-14: The Open University – MSc in Engineering.
  • 2009-13: The Open University – Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering.
  • 2003-06: The Open University – BSc Hons (Open) (First-class Honours).
  • 2000-03: HMS Collingwood – HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • John also has numerous NVQ qualifications that enabled him