Mr. George W. Payne studied with the College of Law, England and qualified as a Solicitor in December 1974, having passed the Law Society's Solicitors Final Examination with distinctions in Revenue Law and Commercial Law, to add to the earlier distinctions in Contract Law and Land Law, during the Intermediate Examinations.
He was admitted to practice at the local Bar on January 22, 1975, and founded George Walton Payne & Company on October 1, 1978, of which he is the chairman.
He is a member of the International Tax Planning Association, the Barbados Tax Planning Association, the International Trademark Association, and the International Fiscal Association. In 1988, he was a visiting lecturer in Conveyancing to Final Year students the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.
Mr. Payne has been a Member of Parliament since 1991, and was elected General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party 1991-1993. He served as Minister of Public Works, Transport & Housing from 1994-1999. Upon being re-elected to the House of Assembly for a third time in January of 1999, he was appointed Minister of Tourism and International Transport, a position he held until April 2000. During that time, he was also Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a regional organization that concentrates on the development of tourism in the Caribbean.
Between 1994-2000, Mr. Payne acted as Prime Minister of Barbados and Attorney General, on numerous occasions. Mr. Payne is a former Barbados Marathon Champion. He is an active member of the worldwide community service Kiwanis International, and in 1989, served as Lt. Governor Division 27 Eastern Canada and Caribbean District.
Mr. Payne, who is a member of numerous other community and service organizations and is one of Her Majesty's Counsel.