Graham Watson (1996) 

Membership Status: Barrister - Associate Member

General Information

Graham specialises in civil disputes. He has over 15 years experience in front of the civil courts and employment tribunals.  He has acted for a wide range of clients and addressing a wide variety of problems.

As part of his practice, he has represented companies, partnerships, health trusts, and local authorities.  He is also instructed regularly by the Fire Service, Ambulance Trust and Police Force.  At an individual level, Graham acts for employees, contractors, partners and directors.

Graham is a strong advocate and has developed a busy appellate practice.  He recommends his early involvement in any proceedings (threatened or issued), and enjoys advising on the tactics and approach to litigation and settlement.

Graham is regularly praised for his relationship with clients.  He works on a nationwide basis, and will often appear in London, Manchester and beyond to ensure continuity of service.

Graham is direct access qualified, and can be instructed directly by individuals and organisations.  He has recently undertaken the latest update training from the Bar Council.



Graham has been a leading employment practitioner for a number of years and is Head of Clerksroom Employment Group.  He is regularly recommended in the legal directories (please see “feedback” tab), and has been involved in a number of appellate cases, (please see “cases” tab)

Graham advises right across the spectrum of employment work from TUPE and Equal Pay to Victimisation and Unfair Dismissal.  He has acted in a number of high profile and long running pieces of whistleblowing litigation.

He has a particular specialism in contractually-based work such as wrongful dismissal or restraint of trade claims, which dovetail with his pure contractual work set out below.


Inquests & Inquiries

Graham retains a strong following in inquest work and enjoys acting in these cases.   He has also appeared as an advocate in major public inquiries



Graham advises and represents clients across several areas of civil dispute, but in particular


Graham advises and supports clients at mediation hearings in all types of civil dispute.

Please click link to see Graham's mediation profile .



When he is not being a barrister, Graham is learning to box, and spends a lot of time on the floor of a gym in Exeter. In other reckless pursuits he continues to surf, a habit he picked up when living in Australia many years ago.


Graham Watson (1996)

phone01823 247 247

Qualified in 1996