Emma Payne Legal Director

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2002 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Emma Payne

Emma Payne is a corporate lawyer specialising in funds and alternative investment structures. This includes advising on the formation of investment funds (predominantly in the real estate sector), subsequent acquisitions and disposals, re-financing and restructuring exercises by such funds. Emma also advises on complex joint ventures using a variety of vehicles (corporates, partnerships, trusts or contract) and which are frequently multi-jurisdictional. Emma is recognised by Legal 500 as "highly experienced and technically minded".

Having spent time in-house, Emma has learnt to see things from the client's perspective. She believes that clear communication is the key to ensuring that she delivers what her clients want and need, whether that is a high level overview of issues or a detailed analysis of the law on a specific point.

Emma prides herself on being trusted and respected by her colleagues and clients and is frequently complimented on her hard working ethic, her "can do" attitude and her commercially pragmatic approach. Emma enjoys helping her clients work through the issues that any transaction presents and aims to do so with integrity and of course, a smile.


  • Advising Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited on its investment into a private fund limited partnership, which acquired a portfolio of 200 petrol retail sites throughout the UK that were leased back to and operated by BP plc;
  • Leading a team advising Vistry Homes on its joint venture (structured as an LLP) with a social housing provider to acquire and develop a site in Northampton with a scheme value of £300million;
  • Leading a team advising Royal London on its acquisition of a Jersey SPV which owns Abingdon Business Park in Oxfordshire, a prime 415,000 sq ft commercial park offering a mix of office, R&D and industrial accommodation;
  • Advising a large Mutual on the exit of a JV partner from one of its property funds and the introduction of a new asset manager including the sale of units in a JPUT, amending the limited partnership agreement and re-negotiating the asset management agreement;
  • Advising a US listed real estate services and investment firm on a number of global re-organisations involving numerous overseas jurisdictions and different corporate structures;
  • Leading a team advising Corby Land & Development on the sale of a 121-acre car storage facility in Corby, Northamptonshire which was implemented by way of a sale of a Jersey property unit trust and a limited partnership interest to LXI REIT Plc.
  • Emma frequently advises pension funds on their investment into existing pooled funds. The pooled funds that Emma has reviewed have been based in numerous offshore jurisdictions, set up as different vehicles which may be regulated or unregulated and have a range of underlying asset classes. Emma focuses on her client's need to understand the risks faced when investing in pooled funds and targets her advice to make it clear and concise.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), director
  • 2016

    • Career
      BPE Solicitors LLP, senior associate
    • Community
      Trustee of Gloucestershire Counselling Service
  • 2014

    • Career
      Deutsche Bank, assistant vice president
  • 2012

    • Career
      Burges Salmon, senior associate
  • 2006

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, senior associate
  • 2002

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1998

    • Education
      University of Central England, Legal Practice Course
  • 1995

    • Education
      University of Central England, LLB Hons, Law