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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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Watson Burton revealed as most active legal adviser in North East M&A market » 15 Jul 15


Our corporate team has been named as the most active legal advisers in the North East mergers and acquisitions market for the first half of 2015.

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Watson Burton helps tech firm secure million pound investment » 08 Jul 15


Our Leeds-based corporate team has helped a tech company which is leading the field in new touch-technologies to complete a £1million investment round which will see staff numbers grow in sales and engineering.

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Budget Overview July 2015 » 08 Jul 15

Tax expert and retained counsel for Watson Burton, Richard Sowler, gives a run down of the key points from the July 2015 Budget.

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Corporate team advise on European tech acquisition » 22 Jun 15


Watson Burton's corporate team advise mobile gaming platform Palringo on the acquisition of a Finnish game developer for an undisclosed amount.

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legal alert: Default Payment Mechanisms under the Construction Act » 24 Jul 15

Since the introduction of Interim Payment Applications (IPA) and Pay Less Notices (PLN) under the amendments to the Construction Act, back in 2011, we have been debating what constitutes a valid Payment Notice and PLN. The key point being that a contractor or subcontractor will be entitled to the full amount of its IPA if an Employer fails to issue a Payment Notice and/or a PLN reducing the sums claimed in the IPA, providing the IPA operates as a default Payment Notice.

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legal alert: How much do you earn? » 21 Jul 15

In our experience there are three types of employee. Those who are broadly happy with their pay, those who never are and never will be and those who are happy enough until they learn that someone else earns more than them.

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legal alert: TUPE and Construction Frameworks: a Summary of Pitfalls » 18 Jun 15

We often receive queries about transferring both incoming and outgoing staff under Framework Agreements. I thought it would be useful to explain what is required under the TUPE legislation (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations) and what is typically contained in Framework Agreements.

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legal alert: Employers, Take Notice: ISG Construction vs Seevic College » 10 Jun 15

If employers needed reminding further of the importance of serving a timely pay less notice, then this recent TCC decision really ought to do the trick.

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