Steven Payne


Steven heads up the Family Law Team at Gepp Solicitors. His depth of expertise, coupled with a mature approach, ensures he achieves excellent outcomes for his clients and their families.

Joining the firm in 1982, Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and became a partner in 1988. He has specialised in family law for almost 30 years, giving him a considerable breadth and depth of experience in this area.


In recent years Steven has developed specialisms in preparing pre-nuptial agreements, co-habitation disputes and financial settlements on divorce. He has a particular interest in those cases involving significant and complex assets such as trusts and businesses, and high net-worth clients.


Steven's non-confrontational approach encourages clients to achieve agreements with their spouse or partner, wherever possible. He only undertakes contested proceedings as a last resort. In such cases, he represents his clients himself as an able and experienced expert in his field.

Steven's clients value his pragmatism and ability to see the bigger picture - qualities which often result in settlements that meet the needs of his clients, while also enabling them to achieve a dignified and cost-effective solution to their problems. Steven sees his empathy and experience as key to helping him to understand his clients' needs and to meet their aspirations in a straightforward manner.

Memberships & Accreditations

Steven is a member of Resolution (a national association of family lawyers) and he is accredited by Resolution as an expert in private law children matters and co-habitation disputes.