Keith Francis

Prior to being called to the Bar, Keith worked as a Solicitor in a regional firm, where he headed up the Wills & Estates Division. Before coming to the Law, he had an extensive career as a senior business executive. Keith has worked as a sessional academic lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Wollongong, teaching Remedies, Procedure, Equity & Trusts.

Keith has experience in both civil and criminal law, with a specific emphasis on the following areas: Equity, Succession/Estate Planning/Wills/Family Provision/Probate/Elder Law; Coronial, inquests and commissions of inquiry; Private International Law/Conflict of Laws; Defamation; and Travel & Tourism Law.

Keith holds the following qualifications: Diploma of Law (LPAB), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law), Master of Business (Management) (Charles Sturt University); and is currently finalising a Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) (College of Law).

Keith is also a PhD (Law) candidate, with a thesis focused on Legal Strategy in Courtroom Advocacy, at UOW.

Keith presents at conferences and regional law societies on the following areas:

  • Wills & Estates;
  • Family Provision;
  • Probate & Protected Persons;
  • Elder Law;
  • Criminal Law;
  • Evidence;
  • Private International Law;
  • Legal Project Management;
  • Jurisprudence issues and conflicts;
  • Risk Management for Lawyers; and
  • Practice Management.

Keith has also appeared on local radio to highlight to the public the importance of an awareness of Wills & Estates Law. He has presented written submissions to the Commonwealth Law Reform Commission, as a part of his work with Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and has been a registered Expert Content Tutor with Charles Sturt University’s Indigenous Academic Success Program.

Areas of Practice


Succession, Wills & Estates

Family Provision

Probate & Protected Persons

Elder Law

Equity

Criminal

Defamation

Coronial, Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry

Private International Law/Conflict of Laws

Travel & Tourism Law