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Dr Francis Graydon

Dr Francis Graydon

Year of call 2007

Practice Areas

Francis was called to the Bar in 2007 at the Inner Temple. He practised first as a solicitor and then as a solicitor-advocate before returning to the Bar in 2013. He has a broad and diverse range of legal practice experience gained through working for several law firms in London, the North East, and the East Midlands as well as a Nationwide Chambers.

Francis practices primarily in the following general and specialist areas:

Personal Injury
Information Law
Coroner’s Inquests and Coronial Law
Professional Discipline and Regulation
Road Traffic Accident
Property and Landlord & Tenant

Francis’ diverse and wide-ranging practice makes him extremely versatile, both as an adviser and advocate. He is equally comfortable bringing and defending claims and applications and receives instructions to represent both the Claimant/Applicant and the Defendant/Respondent alike. He employs a forensic approach and frequently brings his expertise in neuroscience and psychology to his instructions. Francis prides himself on being approachable and giving sound, practical advice. He is particularly sought after where sensitivity and understanding is required by solicitors and lay clients alike. Francis is a tenacious advocate who always strives to be clear, concise, and pragmatic in his approach.

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 growing practice in this area and represents individuals and companies in his areas of practice.

Francis assists Advocate the Bar Pro-Bono Unit in London with the ever-increasing caseload.

Francis acts for Claimants and Defendants at all stages of personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents, as well as from slipping/tripping and highway accidents (occupiers, public and employer’s liability). He has a specific interest in cases involving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and brain injury with behavioural and/or cognitive impairment.

Professional Discipline
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 by:

• 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 and provide representation at interim applications, case management hearings, and full public hearings.

Francis has developed expertise within Information law. He is available to advise individuals, companies, and public sector clients on a range of areas now included within this speciality including:

  • Data protection and the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Subject access requests
  • Freedom of information requests (FOI)
  • Privacy and misuse of private information
  • Defamation and malicious falsehood
  • Computer misuse and computer evidence

Legal Papers written by Francis within this area:

Information & Control
A brief critical analysis of the Online Harms White Paper 2020 (2021)

Data Protection
Can a cashless society be compatible with data protection? (2021)
Can the use of  Facial Recognition Technologies (FRTs) in law enforcement be compatible with data protection? (2022)

Automated Vehicles & Robots
A hypothetical accident: advising an injured pedestrian on liability under the Automated and Electric Vehicle Act 2018. (2021)

Francis has considerable experience in a wide range of real property matters. He advises and represents both Claimant and Defendant clients in trials and interim application hearings in the following areas;

  • Landlord and tenant disputes (residential and commercial) including social housing
  • Disrepair claims
  • Breach of closure orders or injunctions and associated committal hearings
  • Possession claims and warrants of execution
  • Order for sale applications
  • Party Wall Act disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easement disputes
  • Nuisance
  • Injunction applications
  • Leaseholds and ground rents.

Francis is particularly experienced in dealing with disputes from the outset including appeals that have followed to the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Francis is instructed on the wide range of contractual disputes that now arise with increasing complexity. He advises and represents both companies and individuals in interim hearings and trials. He has particular experience of different contractual disputes across a number of different sectors including;

  • Highway repairs and maintenance
  • Residential building projects
  • Food industry
  • Telecommunications
  • Business services
  • Legal services
  • Waste disposal

Francis is also available to assist in resolving contractual disputes through mediation or negotiation, and by providing straightforward advice on the full range of options that are available.

Francis is very experienced appearing in the Coroner’s Court. He represents both NHS Hospital Trusts and families at inquests throughout the country. He has an in- depth 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 also has a specific interest in inquests held where Article 2 of the ECHR is engaged and deaths in police or prison custody and deaths of detained patients in psychiatric hospitals are investigated.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Francis trained as a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist at several internationally renowned research centres. These include the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College, London) Mount Sinai Medical Centre (New York), the Robarts Research Institute (London Ontario, Canada) and the ATR Human Information Processing Research Lab (Kyoto Japan). He has been the recipient of many scholarships and fellowships throughout his career. His last faculty appointment to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience in the medical school at Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan.
In addition to publications in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, Francis presented research papers at national and international conferences in London, New York, and Los Angeles.

Before undertaking his career in the neurosciences, Francis was recruited by the London Metropolitan Police Service. He served as an operational police officer and undertook general and specialist work.

Education and Professional Qualifications

LLM (Information Technology Law) University of Edinburgh (2022)
Bar Vocational Course (BVC) (Outstanding) Northumbria University
Post-Graduate Diploma in Law Northumbria University
PhD (Neuroscience) University of Western Ontario Canada
PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) City University of New York
MSc (Neuroscience) King’s College London
MA (Psychology) (First & First in Class) University College Dublin
BA Hons (Psychology) (First) University College Dublin

Professional Memberships

Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
Bar Pro-Bono Group
Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA)
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA)

Scholarships and Awards in Law

Inner Temple BVC Exhibition Award 2006
Inner Temple Poland Prize 2006
Inner Temple CPE Scholarship finalist 2005