Dr Francis Graydon (2007)

Dr Francis Graydon (2007)

B.A. (Hons) M.A. M.Sc. Ph.D London
Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 2007 Public Access Accredited


General Information

Francis is an experienced barrister who practices in the following general and specialist areas:                

  • Court of Protection and Mental Health
  • Coroner's Inquests and Coronial Law
  • Commercial and Insolvency 
  • Personal Injury
  • Property and Landlord & Tenant
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation
  • Costs


Professional Experience

Francis is an accomplished advocate with a very wide range of legal practice experience.

While he was originally called to the Bar in 2007, he first practised as a solicitor and solicitor-advocate with a number of law firms in London, the North East, and the East Midlands before returning to the Bar in 2013. His busy bar practice takes him to court centres in London and nationwide.

Francis receives instructions to represent both Claimants and Defendants. He has high service standards and knows the importance of being flexible to a client's changing circumstances.

Prior to pursuing his career at the Bar, Francis trained as a clinical neuropsychologist at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and City University of New York. He also trained and practiced as a research neuroscientist in Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. His last faculty appointment in 2002 was to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience in the medical school at Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan. 

In addition to his publications in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, Francis has presented research papers at national and international conferences. 

Before undertaking his career in the neurosciences, Francis was recruited to the London Metropolitan Police Service when he served as an operational police officer undertaking general and specialist policing work.


Personal Injury

Francis regularly acts for Claimants and Defendants in personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents, as well as from slipping and tripping accidents (occupiers, public and employer's liability). He is a very experienced trial advocate and is available for small claims, fast track, and multi-track trials.


Court of Protection

Francis advises and acts in relation to interim application hearings and full hearings relating to welfare, property and affairs, as well as deprivation of liberty. He is particularly interested in the operation of the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS).


Mental Health

Francis also accepts instructions to represent patients detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act. He is available to attend Mental Health Tribunal Hearings, Hospital Managers' Hearings and applications in the county court to discharge a patient's nearest relative.


Professional Discipline and Regulation

Francis advises and acts for parties in disciplinary proceedings across a variety of tribunals. He has previously advised and acted for professional and disciplinary regulatory bodies. He is very happy to discuss cases where advice and/or representation is required for:

• All healthcare professionals (including medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, social workers, dentists, and pharmacists)
• Legal professionals (barristers, solicitors and members of ILEX)
• Education (teachers and teaching associated employees)
• Police Officers

Francis can provide advice on all aspects of the disciplinary process. He is available to provide representation at interim applications and case management hearings as well as full public hearings.



Francis is very experienced appearing in the Coroner’s Court. He has represented NHS Hospital Trusts and families at inquests throughout the country. He has an indepth understanding of the inquest process and the sensitivities that are required. He has considerable experience dealing with witnesses summonsed to give evidence and the challenges they face.  Francis has specific experience with inquests into infant deaths.

His inquest practice also extends to deaths in nursing and residential care homes, fatal road traffic accidents, and deaths from injuries sustained in the workplace.
Francis has a particular interest in inquests held where Article 2 ECHR is engaged and deaths in police or prison custody and deaths of detained patients in psychiatric hospitals are investigated.



Francis is regularly instructed in contract disputes as well as bankruptcy and winding up proceedings. He also regularly advises and represents parties on the enforcement of judgments.



Landlord and Tenant, mortgage possession claims, warrants of execution, and orders for sale.



Francis is experienced in representing both Claimants and Defendants in detailed assessment hearings. He has appeared in the Senior Court Costs Office in London and at assessment hearings at other court centres throughout England.


Direct Public Access and Civil Litigation

Francis is authorised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to undertake direct instructions from individuals and organisations. He is also authorised by the BSB to conduct litigation.

He has a very active practice in this growing area and represents individuals and companies in his areas of practice.

Francis has developed and offers a free no-obligation DOCUMENT CHECK SERVICE to lay clients who require some assistance or sign posting with legal matters.

Feel free to contact him through Chambers for further details.


Pro-Bono Cases

Francis has an active Pro-Bono practice. He assists the Bar Pro-Bono Unit in London with their ever increasing caseload.


Education and Professional Qualifications

Barrister 2013-present

Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience in Civil & Crime) 2012

Solicitor of the Superior Courts of England & Wales 2010

Called to the Bar 2007 (Inner Temple)

Bar Vocational Course (BVC) (Outstanding) Northumbria University 2007

Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) Northumbria University 2006

PhD (Neuroscience) University of Western Ontario Canada 2002

PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) City University of New York 1997

MSc (Neuroscience) (Distinction) King’s College London 1995

MA (Psychology) (First) University College Dublin 1990

BA Hons (Psychology) (First) University College Dublin 1989


Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Mental Health Lawyers Association

Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Bar Pro-Bono Group


Scholarships and Awards in Law

Inner Temple BVC Exhibition Award 2006

Inner Temple Poland Prize 2006

Inner Temple Common Professional Exam Scholarship finalist 2005


Personal Interests

Francis is an accomplished musician. He is classically trained on trumpet. He also plays bass guitar. He is interested in photography and film.





Mental Health Tribunals

Mental Health Tribunals

Court of Protection

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

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We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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