Joe Payne

London Office
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Joe Payne, a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP, is a commercial litigator. He acts primarily for commercial clients across a range of sectors, including real estate and financial services. He particularly concentrates in disputes concerning property, insolvency and professional negligence matters.

Joe has been recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories for being “impressively commercial,” for “command[ing] respect across the market” and for his “focused advice and strong commercial understanding.” Most recently, Joe has been described as being “a property insolvency guru—a lawyer who never gives in, he is tenacious and impossible to ignore” and as an ‘excellent’ lawyer who ‘fights his cause well’ on landlord and tenant disputes, amongst other matters.”

Having qualified as a barrister in 1998 and then subsequently requalifying as a solicitor, Joe is a solicitor advocate.

Joe undertakes all types of contentious real estate work, including disputes concerning both leasehold and freehold covenants, rent reviews, commercial lease renewals (opposed and unopposed), dilapidations claims, break clause disputes, contested service charges, derogation from grant/quiet enjoyment disputes, all types of possession proceedings, boundary disputes, adverse possession issues, rights of light, professional negligence claims and insolvency issues.  

He also deals with the enforcement of contractual obligations and the pursuit of tortious claims (such as negligence and nuisance).

Joe also advises financial institutions on compliance issues, especially in relation to loans secured against property and he acts for insolvency practitioners in connection with the performance of their duties as receivers, liquidators and administrators.

Shown below is a selection of Joe’s engagements.

  • Representation in connection with High Court proceedings relating to a contractual dispute concerning the proposed purchase of a £25 million historic building in Central London (2011).
  • Representation in connection with High Court proceedings relating to burning down of commercial premises (2013).
  • Representation in connection with High Court proceedings concerning enforcement by lender of debt secured against two large commercial properties (2012).
  • Representation in connection with High Court proceedings relating to a right of light dispute relating to a £50 million development in Chelsea (2012).


Chambers UK, 2014, 2016
Legal 500 - UK Individual, 2014


  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
  • PGDL, Nottingham Law School
  • BA, University of Cambridge

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


2014, 2016
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