Blackfords LLP

Diana Payne

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Practice Areas

Partner, solicitor-advocate and head of general crime team with one of London’s busiest defence firms. Highly experienced and specialising in serious crime and complex cases including homicide, rape, fraud, drugs, firearms, sexual offences and serious violence. Has represented clients in all levels of cases including The Supreme Court. Particularly called upon to act for professionals where the outcome is of the utmost importance. Likewise, she has a recognised expertise in representing young people. Heads specialist road traffic litigation team.


Trained at Wilkinsons, Kingston upon Thames, qualified 1990; Robert Blackford & Co – assistant solicitor 1995-2001; Robert Blackford & Co – partner 2001-07; Blackfords LLP – partner 2007–present.

Professional Memberships

Executive committee member of LCCSA, FLA, FFF, SAHCA, CLSA, WiCL, AWS