Practice Areas

Watson Burton encourages enthusiasm, energy and adaptability and groups are encouraged to share knowledge and opportunities where possible to achieve the best for our clients.

During your time at Watson Burton you will spend time in each a minimum of three national groups so that you can gain an understanding of the full scope of work the firm carries out. Following this, you will be able to specialise in one practice area, which are:


The team advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate matters.  We also advise on venture capital and private equity investments.  In addition to transactional work, we also advise businesses on a wide range of commercial contracts.


We have one of the most experienced employment groups in the North of England with a solid base in the North East, particularly in the education, construction, engineering and energy sectors as well as nationally with clients including multiple FTSE 250 listed companies.

Real Estate

Our real estate team deals with handling negotiations for major commercial and residential schemes, acting for developers and investors.  The team takes a very active role in the utilities, ground-rent and plot sales markets.

Construction and Engineering

Our construction and engineering group has attracted some of the UK’s largest housebuilders, developers, contractors and consultants as clients, tackling major projects and resolving the most complicated disputes.

Commercial Litigation

Our commercial litigation team deals with a broad spectrum of areas including commercial disputes, property litigation working with a number of clients including universities, housebuilders and utility providers.

Professions and Insurance

A niche area of law instructed by a number of key insurers in the field.  We work with a variety of solicitors and professional bodies, handling the concerns of a range of professionals including engineers, architects, surveyors, insurance brokers, financial advisers and accountants.