Rob Payne

  • Partner
  • Retail Banking Litigation
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Rob specialises in advising financial institutions on a variety of contentious issues ranging from managed exit advice and enforcement of secured lending (including challenges to security documents) to operational disputes and claims arising from the sale of financial products.

He has further expertise in wider portfolio risk assessment and dispute prevention advice (for instance arising from changes to lending criteria or business practices) and the management of reputational issues.

Rob has also been involved in a number of large fraud matters including obtaining a £14m judgment at trial against a company director in a claim involving allegations of deceit and conspiracy.

Having practiced exclusively in the financial disputes field for over 20 years, Rob has worked with most major financial institutions and he regularly leads client relationships.

Rob has higher rights of audience as a Solicitor Advocate.

Legal 500 UK, 2021 described Rob as “a hands-on partner, with a relaxed and confidence-inspiring approach that is reassuring for clients and makes him very easy to work with on high pressure matters.”

Chambers UK, 2021 said “He has very strong tactical awareness and understanding of banks’ concerns.” “He is an outstandingly bright lawyer who is very pragmatic and commercial.” “He is very impressive. He knows the law but also the commercial imperatives that banks have to deal with.”

In their words

I love to get ‘under the skin’ of organisations to really understand their strategic priorities, values, customer base and products. That way the team deliver truly tailored advice. The diversity of clients in the financial services sector and the evolving regulatory environment means nothing ever stands still. It keeps us agile and focussed on the clients’ objectives in managing disputes and operational risk.