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Watson Pringle

Call: 2005

Overview

Watson specialises in commercial and commercial chancery litigation. His practice includes civil fraud and asset tracing, jurisdiction and conflicts of laws issues, enforcement and recognition of judgments, contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims, shareholder disputes; claims for breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of confidence; and personal and corporate insolvency matters.

Watson is an experienced junior in large, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation. However where possible he appears unled, and as sole Counsel he is experienced in both trial and application advocacy in the county courts, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Attorney General's 'B' Panel.

 

Watson acted for the Family Defendants in Berezovsky v Abramovich, and for the Claimants in the related litigation in Gudavadze v Anisimov and Blue Tropic v Chkhartishvili. He was instructed by the successful Applicants in Browder v Nogotkov, Re Dalnyaya Step LLC, a significant insolvency matter involving the pursuit by the Russian state of the well-known hedge fund owner and human rights activist Bill Browder. Over the past four years he has acted as senior junior for the Watchstone Group in a series of pieces of large-scale litigation, including Slater & Gordon v Watchstone, a £637 million fraud and breach of warranty claim against Watchstone Group Plc arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015, which settled in late 2019.  He is junior Counsel for the Defendants in Recovery Partners & anr v Rukhadze & ors, a breach of fiduciary duty case involving one of the largest and most complicated equitable accounts to pass through the English courts.

Terms of Business 

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Watson will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Watson accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

“He is articulate, intelligent and responsive. He grasps the issues in a case very quickly and is good on his feet. He's also excellent with clients.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He is very bright, commercial and well balanced in his approach.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“Charming to both clients and opponents, he is detail-oriented and perfect in his presentation in court." "He is very strong on Russian matters.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“An excellent commercial barrister, who works hard, displays sound judgment and always delivers. He can always be relied upon to produce top quality work.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“A most accomplished advocate who combines brains with astute judgement - a really safe pair of hands.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

Expertise

Overview

Watson is particularly effective in fraud cases, and is experienced in both obtaining and resisting the full range of pre-action and interlocutory remedies that typically arise, including freezing injunctions and orders under the Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust jurisdictions.  He has worked alongside criminal investigations and private prosecutions, and with IT and accounting experts, to locate stolen assets. He is experienced and effective in cross-examination, a skill that he honed during his early practice in frequent multi-day trials in the county courts.

Cases include: 

  • MAD International BV v Manes (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Defendant, the chef Axel Manes, in a fraud claim surrounding the well-known chain of restaurants Atelier Joel Robuchon.
  • Abdulrida & ors v Larry & ors (2020): Sole Counsel for D13 and 14 in a claim in dishonest assistance and knowing receipt arising out of investments made by Kuwaiti investors in a UK property business.
  • Watchstone v PwC (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim for damages for breach of confidence and unlawful means conspiracy in relation to an illicit meeting between the Claimant’s adviser and an adviser to its counterparty in a large commercial transaction at which the Claimant alleges that its confidential information was divulged.
  • Recovery Partners & anr v Rukhadze & ors (2016 -): Junior Counsel for the Defendants in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the alleged diversion of a corporate business opportunity to provide recovery services to the family of a deceased Georgian oligarch.
  • Slater & Gordon v Watchstone (2016-19): Junior Counsel for the Defendant in a claim in the Commercial Court for £637 million in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015.
  • Blue Tropic & anr v Chkhartishvili (2015-17): Junior Counsel for the Claimant (and sole Counsel in a number of applications) in a claim by two BVI companies for damages under the Georgian law of delict in relation to the misappropriation of real estate assets in Georgia worth millions of dollars. The case involved a protracted jurisdiction dispute in relation to the reflexive application of the Brussels I Regulation (and subsequent appeal): [2014] EWHC 2243 (Ch); [2014] I.L.Pr. 33; a two-week trial in the Chancery Division: [2015] EWHC 3640 (Ch); a forum non conveniens stay application: [2015] EWHC 3260 (Ch); a substantive permission to appeal application: [2016] EWCA Civ 816; and an appeal to the Court of Appeal: [2016] EWCA Civ 1259.
  • Gudavadze & ors v Anisimov (2014): Junior Counsel for the Claimants, the widow and daughters of the late Georgian billionaire Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, in their claim for over $1.5 billion in damages from Vasily Anisimov, based on an oral agreement that had been reached in 2004 between Mr Anisimov and Mr Patarkatsishvili as to the use that they would make of $600 million that the latter had received following the sale of a shareholding RusAl, a large Russian metals company.
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich; Berezovsky v Hine & ors [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); (2012) 109(37) L.S.G. 18: junior Counsel for the Family Defendants at the trial of claims brought by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and the Family of Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, based on oral agreements allegedly made between in the 1990s and in 2000 relating to Sibneft and RusAl, both large Russian energy companies.
  • Roder v West & anor [2011] EWCA Civ 1126; [2012] QB 752; [2012] 3 WLR 469; [2012] 1 All ER 1305; [2012] 1 All ER (Comm) 659; (2011) 161 NLJ 1450; [2011] NPC 101: sole Counsel for the Appellants in an appeal to the Court of Appeal relating to the interpretation of the Statute of Frauds (Amendment) Act 1828 in a claim in deceit.

Overview

Watson has been involved in some of the biggest commercial disputes in the courts in recent years, which have regularly involved him in issues of disclosure, privilege, conflicts of laws, forensic accountancy and foreign law experts. He is equally at home in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, and is familiar with the technology involved in modern commercial trials, including online trial bundles and disclosure databases, the e-disclosure protocol and simultaneous interpretation.

He has a particular interest in jurisdictional and private international law disputes, and has recently written articles and been invited to deliver seminars and webinars on jurisdictional issues including the impact of the Brussels Regulation Recast and Brexit.

Cases include: 

  • MAD International BV v Manes (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Defendant, the chef Axel Manes, in a fraud claim surrounding the well-known chain of restaurants Atelier Joel Robuchon.
  • Watchstone v PwC (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim for damages for breach of confidence and unlawful means conspiracy in relation to an illicit meeting between the Claimant’s adviser and an adviser to its counterparty in a large commercial transaction at which the Claimant alleges that its confidential information was divulged.
  • Recovery Partners & anr v Rukhadze & ors (2016 -): Junior Counsel for the Defendants in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the alleged diversion of a corporate business opportunity to provide recovery services to the family of a deceased Georgian oligarch.
  • Slater & Gordon v Watchstone (2016-19): Junior Counsel for the Defendant in a claim in the Commercial Court for £637 million in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015.
  • Blue Tropic & anr v Chkhartishvili (2015-17): Junior Counsel for the Claimant (and sole Counsel in a number of applications) in a claim by two BVI companies for damages under the Georgian law of delict in relation to the misappropriation of real estate assets in Georgia worth millions of dollars. The case involved a protracted jurisdiction dispute in relation to the reflexive application of the Brussels I Regulation (and subsequent appeal): [2014] EWHC 2243 (Ch); [2014] I.L.Pr. 33; a two-week trial in the Chancery Division: [2015] EWHC 3640 (Ch); a forum non conveniens stay application: [2015] EWHC 3260 (Ch); a substantive permission to appeal application: [2016] EWCA Civ 816; and an appeal to the Court of Appeal: [2016] EWCA Civ 1259.
  • Gudavadze & ors v Anisimov (2014): Junior Counsel for the Claimants, the widow and daughters of the late Georgian billionaire Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, in their claim for over $1.5 billion in damages from Vasily Anisimov, based on an oral agreement that had been reached in 2004 between Mr Anisimov and Mr Patarkatsishvili as to the use that they would make of $600 million that the latter had received following the sale of a shareholding RusAl, a large Russian metals company.
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich; Berezovsky v Hine & ors [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); (2012) 109(37) L.S.G. 18: junior Counsel for the Family Defendants at the trial of claims brought by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and the Family of Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, based on oral agreements allegedly made between in the 1990s and in 2000 relating to Sibneft and RusAl, both large Russian energy companies.

Overview

Watson is regularly instructed in insolvency disputes, particularly those that involve allegations of fraud or jurisdictional issues. He has acted in private examinations and claims involving transactions at an undervalue, wrongful trading, misfeasance, and phoenix companies. He has been involved in two significant cases under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006, and has also acted in cases concerning the centre of main interests of a German bankrupt, and whether a debtor has “carried on a business” in the UK for the purposes of s.265 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Cases include: 

  • Re Tanmon Ltd (2019): Sole Counsel for the successful Respondent, a successful interior designer, in an application under s.234 of the Insolvency Act 1986  for delivery up of monies paid to her by her ex-husband’s nightclub company.
  • Re Dalnyaya Step LLC; Browder v Nogotkov [2017] EWHC 3153 (Ch): Junior Counsel for the successful Applicants in an application to set aside a recognition order under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 made on the ex parte application of the purported Russian liquidator of a Russian company. The Applicants’ case was that the recognition order was the latest manifestation of a politically motivated campaign by the Russian state against Bill Browder, a well-known human rights activist.
  • Re Powa Group Companies [2017]: Junior Counsel for the Applicants in relation to rival applications to appoint administrators over the Powa group of companies, the main asset in the administration being a claim in damages in relation to the sabotage of a tech start-up with a multi-billion pound valuation.
  • TST Group Limited [2012] EWHC 4059 (Ch): sole Counsel for the company in a disputed debt winding up petition involving the application of the principles set out by the Court of Appeal in BNY Corporate Trustee Services v Eurosail
  • Official Receiver v Mitterfelner [2009] BPIR 1075: sole Counsel for the debtor in the trial, on the OR's application to annul, of his centre of main interests (COMI) for the purposes of the EC Regulation.

Overview

Watson has acted in a number of company and partnership (including LLP) matters, in particular shareholder disputes involving unfair prejudice petitions, derivative actions and winding-up under the just and equitable jurisdiction. 

Directory quotes

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He is articulate, intelligent and responsive. He grasps the issues in a case very quickly and is good on his feet. He's also excellent with clients." "He is very bright, commercial and well balanced in his approach.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He's a safe pair of hands and very hard-working. He's bright, rolls his sleeves up and gets stuck in.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“Very clever, straightforward and polite, and someone you can trust. "He is very, very compelling as an advocate and can more than hold his own against leading counsel. Judges warm to him immediately.” (2019)

 

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“His written advocacy is first rate." "Very bright, very knowledgeable and very down-to-earth.” (2018)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“Charming, down-to-earth and very user-friendly. He gets the judge's ear from the get-go and really presents well.” (2017)

Chambers UK
Chancery: Commercial

“He trades on being clever, hard-working and very affable. He will do very well. Lots of solicitors really rave about that holy trinity of characteristics.” (2016)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Charming to both clients and opponents, he is detail-oriented and perfect in his presentation in court." "He is very strong on Russian matters.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Very smart, very good with clients and very hard-working.” (2020)

Legal 500 UK
Commercial Litigation

“An excellent commercial barrister, who works hard, displays sound judgment and always delivers. He can always be relied upon to produce top quality work.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“A most accomplished advocate who combines brains with astute judgement - a really safe pair of hands.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Fraud: Civil

“A fabulous civil fraud lawyer who grasps the complex issues quickly.” (2020)

Chambers Global
Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

“Very clever, straightforward and polite, and someone you can trust. "He is very, very compelling as an advocate and can more than hold his own against leading counsel. Judges warm to him immediately.” (2019)

Chambers Global
Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery

“His written advocacy is first rate." "Very bright, very knowledgeable and very down-to-earth.” (2018)

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • German (competency)

Qualifications

  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence

Recent Publications

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Watson Pringle

Call: 2005

wpringle@maitlandchambers.com

“He is articulate, intelligent and responsive. He grasps the issues in a case very quickly and is good on his feet. He's also excellent with clients.” (2021)

Chambers UK

Chancery: Commercial

Overview

Watson specialises in commercial and commercial chancery litigation. His practice includes civil fraud and asset tracing, jurisdiction and conflicts of laws issues, enforcement and recognition of judgments, contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims, shareholder disputes; claims for breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of confidence; and personal and corporate insolvency matters.

Watson is an experienced junior in large, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation. However where possible he appears unled, and as sole Counsel he is experienced in both trial and application advocacy in the county courts, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Attorney General's 'B' Panel.

Watson acted for the Family Defendants in Berezovsky v Abramovich, and for the Claimants in the related litigation in Gudavadze v Anisimov and Blue Tropic v Chkhartishvili. He was instructed by the successful Applicants in Browder v Nogotkov, Re Dalnyaya Step LLC, a significant insolvency matter involving the pursuit by the Russian state of the well-known hedge fund owner and human rights activist Bill Browder. Over the past four years he has acted as senior junior for the Watchstone Group in a series of pieces of large-scale litigation, including Slater & Gordon v Watchstone, a £637 million fraud and breach of warranty claim against Watchstone Group Plc arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015, which settled in late 2019.  He is junior Counsel for the Defendants in Recovery Partners & anr v Rukhadze & ors, a breach of fiduciary duty case involving one of the largest and most complicated equitable accounts to pass through the English courts.

Terms of Business 

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Watson will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Watson accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • German (competency)

Qualifications

  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence

Civil Fraud & Asset Recovery

Watson is particularly effective in fraud cases, and is experienced in both obtaining and resisting the full range of pre-action and interlocutory remedies that typically arise, including freezing injunctions and orders under the Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust jurisdictions.  He has worked alongside criminal investigations and private prosecutions, and with IT and accounting experts, to locate stolen assets. He is experienced and effective in cross-examination, a skill that he honed during his early practice in frequent multi-day trials in the county courts.

Cases include: 

  • MAD International BV v Manes (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Defendant, the chef Axel Manes, in a fraud claim surrounding the well-known chain of restaurants Atelier Joel Robuchon.
  • Abdulrida & ors v Larry & ors (2020): Sole Counsel for D13 and 14 in a claim in dishonest assistance and knowing receipt arising out of investments made by Kuwaiti investors in a UK property business.
  • Watchstone v PwC (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim for damages for breach of confidence and unlawful means conspiracy in relation to an illicit meeting between the Claimant’s adviser and an adviser to its counterparty in a large commercial transaction at which the Claimant alleges that its confidential information was divulged.
  • Recovery Partners & anr v Rukhadze & ors (2016 -): Junior Counsel for the Defendants in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the alleged diversion of a corporate business opportunity to provide recovery services to the family of a deceased Georgian oligarch.
  • Slater & Gordon v Watchstone (2016-19): Junior Counsel for the Defendant in a claim in the Commercial Court for £637 million in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015.
  • Blue Tropic & anr v Chkhartishvili (2015-17): Junior Counsel for the Claimant (and sole Counsel in a number of applications) in a claim by two BVI companies for damages under the Georgian law of delict in relation to the misappropriation of real estate assets in Georgia worth millions of dollars. The case involved a protracted jurisdiction dispute in relation to the reflexive application of the Brussels I Regulation (and subsequent appeal): [2014] EWHC 2243 (Ch); [2014] I.L.Pr. 33; a two-week trial in the Chancery Division: [2015] EWHC 3640 (Ch); a forum non conveniens stay application: [2015] EWHC 3260 (Ch); a substantive permission to appeal application: [2016] EWCA Civ 816; and an appeal to the Court of Appeal: [2016] EWCA Civ 1259.
  • Gudavadze & ors v Anisimov (2014): Junior Counsel for the Claimants, the widow and daughters of the late Georgian billionaire Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, in their claim for over $1.5 billion in damages from Vasily Anisimov, based on an oral agreement that had been reached in 2004 between Mr Anisimov and Mr Patarkatsishvili as to the use that they would make of $600 million that the latter had received following the sale of a shareholding RusAl, a large Russian metals company.
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich; Berezovsky v Hine & ors [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); (2012) 109(37) L.S.G. 18: junior Counsel for the Family Defendants at the trial of claims brought by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and the Family of Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, based on oral agreements allegedly made between in the 1990s and in 2000 relating to Sibneft and RusAl, both large Russian energy companies.
  • Roder v West & anor [2011] EWCA Civ 1126; [2012] QB 752; [2012] 3 WLR 469; [2012] 1 All ER 1305; [2012] 1 All ER (Comm) 659; (2011) 161 NLJ 1450; [2011] NPC 101: sole Counsel for the Appellants in an appeal to the Court of Appeal relating to the interpretation of the Statute of Frauds (Amendment) Act 1828 in a claim in deceit.

Commercial Disputes

Watson has been involved in some of the biggest commercial disputes in the courts in recent years, which have regularly involved him in issues of disclosure, privilege, conflicts of laws, forensic accountancy and foreign law experts. He is equally at home in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, and is familiar with the technology involved in modern commercial trials, including online trial bundles and disclosure databases, the e-disclosure protocol and simultaneous interpretation.

He has a particular interest in jurisdictional and private international law disputes, and has recently written articles and been invited to deliver seminars and webinars on jurisdictional issues including the impact of the Brussels Regulation Recast and Brexit.

Cases include: 

  • MAD International BV v Manes (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Defendant, the chef Axel Manes, in a fraud claim surrounding the well-known chain of restaurants Atelier Joel Robuchon.
  • Watchstone v PwC (2020-): Junior Counsel for the Claimant in a claim for damages for breach of confidence and unlawful means conspiracy in relation to an illicit meeting between the Claimant’s adviser and an adviser to its counterparty in a large commercial transaction at which the Claimant alleges that its confidential information was divulged.
  • Recovery Partners & anr v Rukhadze & ors (2016 -): Junior Counsel for the Defendants in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the alleged diversion of a corporate business opportunity to provide recovery services to the family of a deceased Georgian oligarch.
  • Slater & Gordon v Watchstone (2016-19): Junior Counsel for the Defendant in a claim in the Commercial Court for £637 million in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising out of the sale of the personal injury law firm Quindell in 2015.
  • Blue Tropic & anr v Chkhartishvili (2015-17): Junior Counsel for the Claimant (and sole Counsel in a number of applications) in a claim by two BVI companies for damages under the Georgian law of delict in relation to the misappropriation of real estate assets in Georgia worth millions of dollars. The case involved a protracted jurisdiction dispute in relation to the reflexive application of the Brussels I Regulation (and subsequent appeal): [2014] EWHC 2243 (Ch); [2014] I.L.Pr. 33; a two-week trial in the Chancery Division: [2015] EWHC 3640 (Ch); a forum non conveniens stay application: [2015] EWHC 3260 (Ch); a substantive permission to appeal application: [2016] EWCA Civ 816; and an appeal to the Court of Appeal: [2016] EWCA Civ 1259.
  • Gudavadze & ors v Anisimov (2014): Junior Counsel for the Claimants, the widow and daughters of the late Georgian billionaire Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, in their claim for over $1.5 billion in damages from Vasily Anisimov, based on an oral agreement that had been reached in 2004 between Mr Anisimov and Mr Patarkatsishvili as to the use that they would make of $600 million that the latter had received following the sale of a shareholding RusAl, a large Russian metals company.
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich; Berezovsky v Hine & ors [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); (2012) 109(37) L.S.G. 18: junior Counsel for the Family Defendants at the trial of claims brought by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and the Family of Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, based on oral agreements allegedly made between in the 1990s and in 2000 relating to Sibneft and RusAl, both large Russian energy companies.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Watson is regularly instructed in insolvency disputes, particularly those that involve allegations of fraud or jurisdictional issues. He has acted in private examinations and claims involving transactions at an undervalue, wrongful trading, misfeasance, and phoenix companies. He has been involved in two significant cases under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006, and has also acted in cases concerning the centre of main interests of a German bankrupt, and whether a debtor has “carried on a business” in the UK for the purposes of s.265 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Cases include: 

  • Re Tanmon Ltd (2019): Sole Counsel for the successful Respondent, a successful interior designer, in an application under s.234 of the Insolvency Act 1986  for delivery up of monies paid to her by her ex-husband’s nightclub company.
  • Re Dalnyaya Step LLC; Browder v Nogotkov [2017] EWHC 3153 (Ch): Junior Counsel for the successful Applicants in an application to set aside a recognition order under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 made on the ex parte application of the purported Russian liquidator of a Russian company. The Applicants’ case was that the recognition order was the latest manifestation of a politically motivated campaign by the Russian state against Bill Browder, a well-known human rights activist.
  • Re Powa Group Companies [2017]: Junior Counsel for the Applicants in relation to rival applications to appoint administrators over the Powa group of companies, the main asset in the administration being a claim in damages in relation to the sabotage of a tech start-up with a multi-billion pound valuation.
  • TST Group Limited [2012] EWHC 4059 (Ch): sole Counsel for the company in a disputed debt winding up petition involving the application of the principles set out by the Court of Appeal in BNY Corporate Trustee Services v Eurosail
  • Official Receiver v Mitterfelner [2009] BPIR 1075: sole Counsel for the debtor in the trial, on the OR's application to annul, of his centre of main interests (COMI) for the purposes of the EC Regulation.

Company, Partnerships & LLPs

Watson has acted in a number of company and partnership (including LLP) matters, in particular shareholder disputes involving unfair prejudice petitions, derivative actions and winding-up under the just and equitable jurisdiction.