Jonathan Payne

Jonathan Payne

Senior Partner
Swindon 6 Drakes Meadow Penny Lane Swindon SN3 3LL
Bath 2 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HQ
Telephone 01793 412 643
Mobile 07786197208

Senior Partner - Practice Area Leader, South West Corporate and Commercial

Jonathan is a Senior Partner and the Practice Area Leader of our South West Corporate and Commercial business. He has specialist expertise in corporate mergers and acquisitions, management buy-ins and buy-outs, and investment. Jonathan is also highly experienced in cross-border commercial contracts, financial services and renewables. He has advised generations of family business owners through the life cycle of their businesses, offering pro-active, knowledgeable and commercial advice.


Jonathan is a key part of our Agriculture team, advising food and drink businesses, agricultural clients and rural landowners on business and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions of farms, management buy-ins and buy-outs, and investment. He is able to provide deep experience and insight in complex cross-border commercial contracts for the agriculture and food sector.

Business Growth Hub

His breadth of commercial experience allows Jonathan to take his clients through growth by acquisition, and he advises on preparing for an acquisition, raising funds, the acquisition itself and how to embed the new business into the existing corporation. He advises on structural shareholdings, exiting of minority shareholders, shareholder agreements and group structuring, including international business and board succession planning. Jonathan has assisted family businesses with the licencing of their IP and facilitating growth of the business model, as well as advising on website terms and conditions of sale, drafting bespoke terms as business growth requires and handling contractual negotiations for his clients.

Jonathan's relevant experience includes:

  • acting for the founder shareholders of the UK's largest financial services advisor on its sale to Old Mutual Wealth
  • assisting with the acquisition of large scale growing operations for a multinational farming operator
  • acting for a leading provider of innovative sustainable waste and power solutions on one of the largest solar farm developments in the UK
  • advising on incorporation of farming partnerships, partnership structures and succession planning for family run farms
  • acting for a landowner in relation to a green energy diversification project, which included ‚waste to energy‚ plants and on-field solar power

Accolade 1

It was imperative we received the very best legal advice. Jonathan and his team played a pivotal role throughout, demonstrating great commercial awareness and discretion. -