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Our dedicated employment lawyers have achieved a strong national reputation because of their total commitment to client service. Their clear, commercial, pragmatic solutions to the most complex employment related problems have attracted many leading national organisations as clients.

The team’s skills, including employment tribunal litigation, injunctions, industrial action, redundancies, discrimination and transfer of undertakings (TUPE), combined with expert guidance help clients avoid disputes and nurture good employee relations.

The team’s proactive service brings innovative thinking and will deliver value measured in your own terms. We take the time to understand your business objectives and work in partnership to help you achieve long-term success.

Recent changes in UK employment law leave employers and employees alike in need of timely legal advice on the practical implications of new legislation and other developments.

As one of the largest and most experienced employment groups in the North of England, Watson Burton can offer you a team who can provide speedy and strategic advice, outstanding legal support and reduce potential risks to your business.

If litigation is required, Watson Burton is particularly strong on in-house advocacy, through which the employment team provides a seamless transition for the client from case preparation to hearing with a single contact.

Rising costs of non-compliance mean that effective guidance and planning is now essential for anyone involved in employment and human resources. Our authoritative advice, clear reasoning and practical solutions have gained praise from clients throughout the UK and national legal directories.

For all clients we provide targeted client-centred support at our Newcastle, Leeds and London offices with experts in UK and European employment law who are often seen as part of a client’s own human resources team.

Clients say that "communication is a key strength of the firm," adding that "Their responses are detailed and timely and their thoroughness has been valuable in helping us make the right decisions at the right time."

Other sources praise the team's "excellent knowledge of the subject area, excellent access to discuss matters, and clear advice delivered in a warm manner which facilitates the relationship further."

Chambers and Partners 2018

The ‘professional, knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Watson Burton LLP is ‘easy to deal with’ and ‘able to cut to the chase’. Clients benefit from its ‘good commercial approach’ and the team’s ‘focused and pragmatic advice, which adds value to the client’s business’.

Legal 500, 2019

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms



Christopher Graham | Partner

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