Nick Payne
Senior Associate


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Summary Open

Nick is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution group in the London office of Watson Farley & Williams.

He specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with experience in international arbitration and commercial litigation. Nick joined Watson Farley & Williams as a trainee in 2011 and qualified in 2013, and has worked in both the London and Athens offices.

Nick has experience of advising on a broad range of disputes before the English High Court and various arbitration forums.  He has particular experience in disputes in the natural resources and financial sectors, as well as of shipping disputes in relation to charterparties, financing arrangements and leasing structures.

Experience Open

    Nick has been involved in a number of court and arbitral proceedings, both at first instance and various appeal stages. His experience includes:
    • Acting for the liquidators of a European financial institution on various very high-value and contentious matters concerning the close out mechanism under the ISDA Master Agreement in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.
    • Acting for a major international bank in a financial services dispute seeking restitution of sums paid for the novation of an ISDA Master Agreement interest rate swap transaction with an Italian municipality that was alleged to be void.
    • Acting for a family office in a claim arising out of an aborted off market structured shares investment through offshore vehicles involving issues arising under a professional indemnity insurance policy.
    • Acting for a mining contractor in multi-million dollar, ad hoc, Arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules against its employer in relation to contracts to provide drilling services to a Tanzanian gold mine owned and operated by a large international mining group.
    • Acting for an international commodities broker as the claimant in LME Arbitration proceedings relating to the non-delivery of copper concentrates under a frame agreement and subsequent enforcement proceedings before the English High Court.
    • Advising a major French bank and lending syndicate in connection with insolvency issues relating to two loan facilities secured on the borrowing group’s Cyprus flagged fleet.

Education Open

  • 2011: The College of Law, London LLB Hons, First Class
  • 2011: The College of Law, London LPC, Distinction
  • 2010: The College of Law, London GDL, Distinction
  • 2008: University of York BA (Hons, First Class, History)

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Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Employment Record Open

  • 2017 – present: Senior Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2013 – 2017: Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2011 – 2013: Trainee, Watson Farley & Williams

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