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Caroline Watson

Partner | Oxford

"Caroline Watson has real depth and experience. Very pragmatic and approachable."
The Legal 500, 2024

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About Caroline

Caroline heads up the commercial litigation team in our Oxford office. She works with individuals, owner-managed businesses, PLCs and international organisations to fiercely but pragmatically protect their commercial interests, manage risks and resolve disputes.

Caroline invests time to understand her clients and their individual and organisational objectives. She works as an integral part of their team to fight for the best commercial outcome in all the circumstances.

Caroline specialises in resolving complex commercial disputes, often with a cross border element. Most of her disputes are resolved using alternative dispute resolution methods such as negotiation, adjudication or mediation. However, she also has extensive experience of High Court and arbitration proceedings to call upon when needed.

Caroline deals with a full spectrum of commercial disputes, including:

  • director / shareholder and partnership disputes
  • restrictive covenant issues
  • warranty claims, earn out and other corporate transactional disputes
  • professional negligence
  • contract and supply disputes (with a particular expertise in acting for technology-sector clients)
  • civil fraud
  • contract award challenges under the Public Procurement Regulations 2015 (as amended)
  • acting for financial services firms in dealing with policy-holder disputes, challenges of decisions of the Pensions Ombudsman and mis-selling claims.

Caroline is able to advise on the funding and financing options available to clients and help them to navigate the process of securing funding. This can enable good claims to be brought where claimants might not otherwise have the resources to pursue them.

Caroline Watson is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition).

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  • "Caroline Watson is a go-to commercial litigator."

    Legal 500, 2024

  • “Caroline Watson, without a doubt is an amazing litigator and negotiator. Real leading individual in her field. Thinks out of the box, great with...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “Caroline is very responsive, friendly and pragmatic and we trust her implicitly”

    The Legal 500, 2022

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