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Sophie is a senior associate - solicitor in the corporate team. She acts for a variety of clients from owner-managed businesses to large groups of companies advising on a wide range of corporate matters including business and share acquisitions and disposals, internal group re-organisations and management buy-outs, joint ventures, private equity investment, shareholders’ agreements, share buy-backs, capital reductions, share option schemes and general corporate governance matters.

Sophie also advises banks, companies and individuals on lending and security arrangements and has advised a number of charities on amending their governing documents and incorporating as companies limited by guarantee or charitable incorporated organisations.

Most notably Sophie has advised on a number of MBOs (including those backed by LDC and Inflexion Private Equity), the disposal of an international group of companies with a deal value in excess of £90m and the restructuring of over £50m worth of inter-company debt. 


  • Banking & finance
  • Coporate governance
  • Joint ventures and private equity investment
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Reorganisations and MBOs

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In particular we would like to mention Sophie Payne as being outstanding.

Legal 500


“Sophie has excellent organisational skills and a sharp brain which can get right to the heart of the legal point quickly without wasting time.”

Chambers Unpublished

“Sophie tirelessly demonstrated an admirable combination of dedication, commitment and a great depth of knowledge and skill. Sophie was a pleasure to work with throughout a complex transaction and the moving challenges that were presented”.

John Ingram

Managing Director, Burlington Credit Limited