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Blackfords LLP

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Cardiff, Croydon, London, Woking

Diana Payne

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Blackfords LLP

Work Department

Head of General Crime Team


Partner, Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Court criminal proceedings)

Heads up one of the busiest general crime departments in the country.


Diana specialises in serious crime and those matters whereby it is of the utmost importance that the correct outcome be achieved. As a consequence, Diana’s client base consists regularly of professionals.

Extensively experienced in matters including: -

  • Murder, manslaughter, serious violence
  • Sexually related matters including historical allegations
  • High value fraud
  • All drugs related matters
  • Robbery, blackmail, kidnapping and misconduct

Diana has a niche practice in motoring law and understands that the outcome needs not to impact prejudicially upon a client’s livelihood.

A particular expertise in representing young people who find themselves in conflict with the criminal justice system.

Diana is fortunate to be in a minority of lawyers who have represented clients before the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

Notable cases: R v Mills & Poole (House of Lords) 1997.


  • Trained Wilkinsons, Kingston Upon Thames; qualified 1990
  • Robert Blackford & Co 1995- 2001- assistant solicitor: 2001- 2007 Partner
  • Blackfords LLP 2007 to present- Partner.


  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) (executive committee member)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • Female Fraud Forum (founding member)
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocate (SAHCA)
  • Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA)
  • Women In Criminal Law (WiCL) (founding member)
  • Association Womens Solicitors (AWS)
  • The Law Society


  • Old Palace of John Whitgift School, Croydon
  • Durham University (BA Hons)
  • College of Law, Guildford

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Blackfords LLP combines ‘excellent private work with a busy legal aid practice’. The firm advises on matters such as thefts, murders, sexual offences, drug cases, assaults, property crimes and money laundering offences. The firm acted for Lavinia Woodward who stabbed her boyfriend in a high-profile case in which she received a 10 month suspended sentence due to mitigating factors. The team is headed by ‘charismatic rainmakerGary Bloxsome and ‘real grafterTrevor Francis , they are supported by the ‘pragmatic, pro-active, and highly experiencedDiana Payne. Barrister Rachel Wilson and Consultant Gary Rubin are also recommended.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Blackfords LLP’s ‘senior, established and talented team’ is ‘among the best’ for criminal defence matters. The sizeable team, includes 15 solicitor-advocates, handles cases nationally. Its caseload includes murder, GBH, sexual crimes, child abuse, kidnapping and drugs offences, many of which attract intense media interest. Co-head Trevor Francis is handling a case of historic rape where new DNA evidence has been discovered. Fellow co-head Gary Bloxsome  is ‘a very tough criminal litigator, excellent in the police station and in persuading the police not to proceed’. Diana Payne, who heads the general crime team, and litigation executive Anne Marie Geraghty ‘are both excellent, serious crime practitioners’.

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