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Watson Burton LLP

1 St James' Gate Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1 YQ
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Tel: 0845 9012100


Newcastle, Leeds, London.

Specialists in

Corporate - Employment - Property - Construction - Dispute resolution - Intellectual Property - Licensing & Real Estate Tax law.

Watson Burton is a leading law firm with a well-earned reputation for helping our clients succeed

As an experienced national firm, we offer more than expert legal services. We deliver practical business solutions to help organisations grow and prosper.

High-quality advice, commercial know-how, excellent value and an impressive track record of successfully supporting clients hallmark the approach of our nationally recognised lawyers.

The commerciality of our approach and high quality of our lawyers means that for the most strategically important matters, national and international clients know they will benefit from first-rate technical expertise, excellent value and no compromise with our strong legal teams.

Our clear, commercial, pragmatic solutions to the most complex problems have attracted many leading national organisations as clients.

We aim to make a genuine difference to each client, talking through issues to provide sound, independent advice. We also deal with problems before they arise which is more efficient for you than seeking legal advice once a problem has developed.

As a result our lawyers are trusted business advisers able to help you fight your corner rather than simply suppliers of legal expertise. The success of this approach ensures that the firm adds value to commercial organisations from a wide range of sectors nationwide.

Our focus on delivering outstanding results and exceptional service means that relationships are built on trust and a deep understanding of each client's business. We have a partner-led, hands-on approach. It makes a real difference to clients because we work tirelessly to fully understand their businesses and how we can add value. We advise you how you can do things rather than why you can’t.

It is evident to clients that we genuinely enjoy practising law and can offer a real hands-on service. 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.

people and culture

Watson Burton has always recognised the value of nurturing talented individuals and providing an environment in which individuals can flourish.

We believe that developing a relationship of mutual trust and respect between the firm and our employees is essential to our success. As such, we will work tirelessly to develop and maintain these relationships.

Regardless of position, all our employees are friendly.  We pride ourselves on being approachable both to clients and colleagues.

your role

Whether you are applying to Watson Burton as a legal or support employee, all of our departments are organised into supportive working teams. Our spacious open plan office design helps to foster communication between team members and across the wider firm.

Our legal departments are organised and headed by a partner with associate solicitors, assistant solicitors and trainees working together under the partners' close supervision. This organisational structure means that there is a clear framework of support operating throughout the firm and helps to relieve the pressure of a high workload to ensure we consistently meet our clients' deadlines.

We do not operate a culture of working long hours for the sake of appearances. Maintaining an effective work-life balance is important to the health and happiness of our employees. However, it is accepted that in the very nature of work as a solicitor, long hours of hard work are sometimes necessary in order to get the job done on time and on budget


Watson Burton is a sociable place to work. Employees are encouraged to organise and participate in networking events and there is a good mix of socialisation across all levels of the firm.  We also encourage our future trainees to regularly attend our events and maintain contact with the firm before beginning their training contract.

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