Sonny Payne

Partner | Solicitor Advocate

Education & Honours
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, 1990
Master of Laws with Merit, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, 1999
Postgraduate Certificate in Laws,
City University of Hong Kong, 2008

Solicitor Advocate, Hong Kong
Solicitor, England and Wales

Affiliations and memberships
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council (UK)
Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)
Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Languages in addition to English



Notable representations

Sonny leads our firm’s dispute resolution practice.  He has been based in Hong Kong for more than 30 years and has represented clients in disputes involving a wide range of subject matter, including:

  • companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in complex litigation involving financial instruments, allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties by directors
  • contractors and sub-contractors in arbitration or litigation proceedings on high-value disputes arising out of building and engineering projects
  • parties in shareholder and joint venture disputes 
  • a natural gas company in Qatar on disputes arising out of an EPC contract for the procurement of submarine sour gas pipelines
  • creditors in the enforcement of judgments / arbitral awards and debt recovery

Sonny is also qualified as chartered civil engineer and, prior to becoming a lawyer, spent more than 15 years working with international firms of consulting engineers on major infrastructure and building projects in the Asia Pacific Region.

Chambers Greater China Region 2024 - Construction (International Firms) - Ranked Lawyer

Chambers Greater China Region 2024 – Construction (International Firms)

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific | 2024 | Hong Kong | Construction