- 13 July 1927
London, Great Britain
- Board member, Lawyer and Solicitor
- Alternative Names
- Payne, Vivian (common misspelling)
Vivien Payne was born and educated in London, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London in 1948. She completed her articles with her father and was admitted as a solicitor in 1951. She practised in London until 1963, when she and her husband migrated to Perth, Australia. She became one of only a handful of women practising law in Perth at the time, and only the second to enter private practice. In 1982 she became founding President of the Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc.
Perth based women barristers forging their careers in the 1970s and 80s, such as Val French and Antoinette Kennedy, have noted her support for them, especially through the provision of briefs.
Please click 'Details' below to read a reflective essay written about Vivien Payne for the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project.