Diana Payne > Blackfords LLP > Woking, England > Lawyer Profile

Blackfords LLP
GU21 6HJ

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

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

(Leading individuals)

Diana Payne  – Blackfords LLP

Blackfords LLP‘s criminal defence and financial crime department fields one of the leading criminal teams in the UK, and covers the whole spectrum of criminal work. With a growing specialism in defending professional clients and company directors who are subject to criminal prosecutions, the department’s workload includes handling gangland killings, complex financial crime cases, and HMRC prosecutions. With a track record in handling high-profile national and international fraud cases, Gary Bloxsomeknows the market inside out’ and co-heads the firm’s financial crime team. Trevor Francis is the firm’s managing partner and specialises in serious crime work, including complex fraud and money laundering cases. Diana Payne heads up the general crime team and is a renowned Youth Court expert, while Daniel Cundy focuses on white-collar mandates and Hannah Giles leads the criminal defence team in the Woking office. Lucinda Shand is also active in the practice.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

Displaying ‘massive strength in depth’, the Blackfords LLP financial crime team is praised for its advice in high-profile SFO prosecutions and complex tax fraud cases. The ‘strong niche’ practice has a track record representing company directors, business people, and HNW individuals in multi-jurisdictional financial crime cases ranging from investment fraud to bribery and corruption. Gary Bloxsome and Daniel Cundy co-head the practice, with the former described as a ‘charismatic rainmaker’ specialising in all aspects of serious fraud and money laundering matters, whilst the ‘adept’ Cundy has vast experience handling SFO, NCA, and FCA investigations. Managing partner Trevor Francis focuses on serious crime and complex fraud proceedings, while solicitor-advocates Diana Payne and Jennifer Richardson focus on major fraud offences including Ponzi schemes. In-house counsel Rachel Wilson is a specialist in money laundering cases, while solicitor Naureen Shariff concentrates on restraint orders.