Watson Burton’s specialist expertise - and its multi-disciplinary capabilities - have been recognised in the Legal 500 2017.
The Newcastle-headquartered commercial law firm gained recognition for its proficiency in a range of disciplines and a number of its leading individuals received commendation in the Legal 500 2017.
Richard Palmer, head of Watson Burton’s Professions and Insurance group, was named as a ‘leading individual’ for his work in professional negligence and was described as “a great negotiator”.
The report also saw partners Duncan Reid and Christopher Graham maintaining their status as ‘leading individuals’ in the Legal 500 for their work in commercial and corporate practice, and employment law, respectively.
Watson Burton moved up a rank for corporate and commercial rising from Tier 3 in 2016 to Tier 2, and its property litigation practice area and professional negligence practice both maintained Tier 1 status. Watson Burton was also ranked for the first time for IT and telecoms at Tier 3 which reflected the firm’s growth within the Tech sector.
This recognition by the Legal 500 comes during a successful year for Watson Burton as it has advised on major investments and expanded its presence within a range of sectors. This includes: winning a long-term contract with international insurance company Hiscox to offer its policyholders a collateral warranty review service; securing a long-term partnership with leading risk management group Lucion; and supporting investment management and advisory company Arie Capital Ltd on three investments into global technology companies - worth a total of $11.2 million.
The firm has also extended its reach within the education sector being recently appointed as a supplier to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) and ranked in Tier 2 in the Legal 500’s new Education guide.
The firm’s new generation of solicitors and associates received recognition at the awards with Adam Dymock and Tom Thurlow both described as “very clear and thorough” and Caroline Rye regarded as “calm and assured”. Jill Dalkin was also “highly regarded” with “notable expertise in disputes concerning breaches of lease covenants” and solicitor Kirsty Adamson was noted as “definitely one to watch.”
Paul Wigham, partner at Watson Burton, was named as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ for his corporate work, and was recognised for being “highly experienced in technology and venture capital transactions”, as well as for his “extensive track record in academy conversions”.
The Legal 500 went on to describe Christopher Graham, partner and head of the commercial litigation and employment teams at Watson Burton, as “excellent”, and Duncan Reid, partner and national head of corporate at Watson Burton, as “truly exceptional”, as well as being recognised for his strength in private equity.
In the construction field partners David Spires and Sarah Wilson were recommended and associate Bal Manak was recognised for her ability to “quickly understand the real issues at hand and provide sound advice based on experience and expertise.”
Christopher Graham, partner and head of the commercial litigation and employment teams at Watson Burton, added: “To be acknowledged in the Legal 500 for our strength across so many practice areas is testimony to our delivery of outcome driven, market-leading advice, the quality and skills of our employees, as well as the deep levels of understanding we have for our clients’ needs.
“I am thrilled that the Legal 500 also acknowledged our young solicitors – throughout varying practices - for their hard work, dedication and expertise. They are the future of the firm and we are delighted with the recognition they have received.”