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Watson Burton is a leading law firm with a well-earned reputation for helping our clients succeed. Offering the full range of commercial law services, we have significant nationwide coverage providing first class legal advice from offices in Newcastle, Leeds and London. Key to the firm’s success is a combination of commercial and technical experience delivered with a personal touch, which forms the foundation of many long-standing client relationships.



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New report reveals north east technology sector needs skills boost » 06 Jun 16

North East technology firms are being hampered by a skills shortage in the region, according to the results of a new joint research project between Watson Burton and NECC.

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Watson Burton trainee wins high-profile award » 04 May 16

Jayne Moyle

Watson Burton trainee solicitor Jayne Moyle has been recognised as a ‘rising-star’ of the legal scene, after winning a prestigious award.

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Employment law specialist joins Watson Burton » 08 Apr 16

Hazel Royle

We are pleased to welcome associate Hazel Royle who brings a wealth of employment expertise to Watson Burton.

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Budget 2016 - At a glance » 17 Mar 16

Richard Sowler looks at the main points from Chancellor George Osborne's latest budget.

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legal alert: When Contracts Become Binding by Conduct » 21 Jun 16

The recent case of Reveille Independent LLC v Anotech International (UK) Ltd [2015] EWHC 726 (Comm) does not relate to a construction contract but is interesting nevertheless as it deals with whether a contract can come into force by conduct, even if it states that it needs to be signed by both parties to be binding.

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You may have seen from our previous article entitled ‘Register of persons with significant control: Who’s in charge?’ that changes are being made to the way in which companies update the public register held by Companies House. We have outlined below some further information on those changes.

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legal alert: Top 10 tips for SMEs considering a successful export strategy » 16 May 16

What you need to know when taking the first steps towards international trade. Exporting is key to success in today’s global economy, with the potential for SMEs doing business overseas an increasingly attractive option. The government has previously announced plans to increase the number of exporters by 100,000 between 2012 and 2020, and the topic of international expansion has never been so popular as more and more businesses eye the scope of opportunity and potential again.

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legal alert: Burgess v Lejonvarn [2016] EWHC 40 (TCC) » 10 May 16

How many professionals have at one time or another offered advice to friends and family gratuitously in response to a problem that friend or family member is experiencing? The decision of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in Burgess v Lejonvarn [2016] EWHC 40 (TCC) comes as a stark warning to all professionals of the risks inherent in so doing.

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