The leading firm has been particularly praised for its client-focused practice, which ‘never leaves a stone unturned’. The team’s approach is ‘fair, open and honest’ whilst offering ‘focused and pragmatic advice…add[ing] value to the clients’ business’. All of the feedback is testimony to the longstanding client relationships with reputable organisations including: Atkins, Willmott Dixon, Bellway, Northern Powergrid, Hiscox, Esh Group, Lucion Services, Northumbrian Water, Camerons Brewery and Wear Inns to name a few.
Duncan Reid, Head of Corporate and Commercial, retained leading individual status, alongside ‘hugely experienced and completely unflappable’ Christopher Graham, who heads up the Employment, Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation teams and Richard Palmer, who heads up the Professions and Insurance group. Partner Paul Wigham was named once more as a next generation lawyer in the Corporate and Commercial category, in recognition of his ‘very personable and hardworking’ approach to client transactions.
Partner, Christopher Graham, commented – “It is both pleasing and humbling to receive recognition in the Legal 500. For me, this validates the hard work and commitment of the entire firm in providing outstanding client service and value, which we have continued to build upon in the last 12 months.
“I am particularly pleased that the Legal 500 also acknowledged many of 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 continue to receive.”
The outstanding commentary follows on from what has already been a successful year for Watson Burton, as they recently won Deal of the Year (£2.5m to £10m) at the Insider North East Dealmakers Awards, having assisted on securing £8.5m funding for QuantuMDx.
2018 has seen Watson Burton highlight their commitment to the Education sector, with the appointment to the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC), a purchasing consortium owned and run by the FE sector and their new partnership with The Social Mobility Foundation. The Foundation supports North East students who wish to develop legal careers by offering mentoring and work experience opportunities.
The firm also gained BFA (British Franchising Association) accreditation following the appointment of Partner, Marc Allison, strengthening the Corporate and Commercial services.
Watson Burton delivers commercial legal services nationwide. The firm is ‘hugely committed to its clients and regularly delivers great results’ across the board. Its core practice areas are Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Litigation, Real Estate, Construction and Professional Indemnity.