Keith Francis

Keith practices in both civil and criminal law, with a particular focus in the following areas: Family Provision, Probate, Wills & Estates, Equity, Elder Law, Criminal proceedings, Family Law and Private International Law/Conflict of Laws. Prior to being called to the Bar, Keith worked as a Solicitor in a regional firm, where he headed up the firm’s Wills & Estates Division. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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
  • Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) (College of Law).

Keith is pursuing Doctoral qualifications in Law with the University of Wollongong, Law Faculty, and is a Graduate Fellow of the College of Law. Additionally, Keith has served as an academic lecturer teaching Remedies, Procedure, Equity & Trusts.

Areas of Practice

  • Succession, Wills & Estates
  • Family Provision
  • Probate & Protected Persons
  • Elder Law
  • Equity
  • Crime
  • Family Law
  • Private International Law/Conflict of Laws
  • Defamation
  • Coronial, Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry
  • Travel & Tourism Law

Keith is the author of the Family Provision section of Thomson Reuter’s Australian Succession Law Loose Leaf service, and has authored several papers in the area of Succession Law, including the following (see ‘Articles & Papers’ on the Chambers website):

  • Removal of a Trustee or Executor in a Testamentary setting;
  • Informal Wills;
  • Knowledge and Approval of Wills;
  • The unique position of Notional Estate in Succession Law in Australia.

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/Conflict of Laws;
  • 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.

Contact in Chambers

(02) 9220 6100