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Emily Payne

Partner | Solicitor

  • Specialiasing in – Personal & Inheritance Law and Residential Property

Emily qualified in 2005. She then practised in London for five years, before moving to Newbury and joining Dickins Hopgood Chidley, becoming a partner in 2014.  

Emily is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, having achieved the qualification with distinction, and is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section.

Renowned for her efficient and practical handling of cases, Emily has a gentle and sympathetic approach when dealing with the many varied and sensitive situations her clients find themselves in, always looking after their interests during what is often a traumatic or stressful period.

In addition to her personal law clients, Emily has over 15 years’ experience of property law, which includes all aspects of conveyancing, lease extensions, acting for management companies and associated land issues.

The areas Emily can help you with include:

  • Preparation of Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Administration of Estates
  • Intestacy
  • Elderly Care
  • Trusts
  • Estate and Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Property Law – including lease extensions and land issues


Many of Emily’s clients have been with her for numerous years, returning for the different stages in life, and for help with selling and buying homes.

“I can’t thank you enough. You’ve just been brilliant and calm and patient and honest and more throughout and I couldn’t have done it without you.” 
“Even when the situation was not so clear from the buyers side, you left me in no doubt that you had everything under control – thank you”
“Emily Payne helped me navigate the emotional situation of applying to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order for an elderly relative and also applying again for permission to sell my relatives house. In both situations she was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and reassured me along the way that all was in hand, and then everything worked out as she said it would. A relief for me!”

Away from the office

Emily enjoys sky diving and freshwater rafting, when not winning Olympic gold for crochet and croquet.